Increase the selling price by investing a little in the heart of your home

Kitchens are often referred to as the heart of a home.With potential purchasers increasingly canny about keeping hold of the purse strings it’s sensible to make sure yours is up to scratch.

First things first though, you don’t have to go out and buy a top-of-the-range kitchen to sell your home. The hard truth is that if you go for luxury you’re unlikely to get your money back.

A good clean and de-clutter of the worksurfaces can make a huge difference. Think about lighting; a few pounds spent on some higher wattage bulbs can shine a whole new light on your home.

There is no better use of a spare afternoon than giving the kitchen walls a lick of paint. White really can’t be beaten for freshening-up a room and making it look more spacious.

New worktops and replacement kitchen doors can be an economical way of updating an old-fashioned kitchen. But, with recession-hit companies pulling out all the stops to drum up business with special offers galore, a new kitchen may be dramatically less than you expected.

Kevin Hollinrake regularly gives sellers the following advice "it’s no good just replacing the kitchen if the bathroom is grotty. You need to do both. Putting in a new kitchen and bathroom normally increases the selling price by between &10-&15,000. So - if you shop around - it certainly won’t be money down the kitchen sink." Kevin Hollinrake (Managing Director)

Need a second opinion? Hunters’ staff see kitchens and bathrooms every day of the week. Ask them and they’ll give you an honest opinion on yours - and the best way to turn potential buyers from lukewarm to keen as mustard about your kitchen; and home.

Linda Barker has also produced a guide and video exclusively for Hunters, packed full of low-cost designer tips on the best ways to add value to your home: Click here to view more: Click Here To View Linda Barkers Video

Categories: Hunters News

Published in: Newsletter July 2011

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