EXPOSED! How to add value to your kitchen

Did you know a well-renovated kitchen can add as much as $100,000 to the value of your property? It’s not hard to believe when you think about it. The kitchen is the heart of the home and when buyers step inside a property for sale, a spacious, well-appointed kitchen is the number one thing they are looking for.

Renovating your kitchen is always a smart investment whether it is for your family to reap the benefits of living in a well-thought-out functional space, to increase your home’s value or to attract more buyer interest. In order to get the biggest bang for your buck, we will reveal what is worth splurging on and when to show restraint when upgrading your kitchen.

Introduce an island

The value of your kitchen is immediately enhanced from the inclusion of an island bench. An island bench equals another work surface and an increased amount of storage. It also seamlessly connects the kitchen to an open-plan living or dining space.

The size of your kitchen island bench will depend on the needs of the household and the size of your kitchen. You will also need to consider whether you want to install a sink or a stovetop or add open shelving for more display options. You may also want to add drawers to maximise storage.

Maximise your storage potential

Ample storage is rated very highly amongst buyers, and will make your life a breeze when cooking up storms in your brand-new kitchen. You’d be surprised how much storage you can fit in your kitchen. Install cabinetry along the full length of walls from floor-to-ceiling taking them as wide as possible. Wherever you can, add drawers — they’re a more user-friendly storage option compared to cupboards, as they allow you to see the full contents more easily.

Upgrade your benchtops

A durable, timeless benchtop material should sit very high on your wishlist! Ensure your benchtop is stain, heat, and water resistant as well as easy to clean — this will make preparation and cooking that much easier. Quartz is a popular benchtop option and it’s available in an abundance of colours and finishes. It also has long-lasting qualities and adds a stylish aesthetic to any kitchen.

Invest in good quality appliances

From a buyer’s perspective, good quality appliances will immediately transform your kitchen whilst also boosting your home’s value. If you’re not at the stage of selling just yet, upgrading to the latest appliances will save you valuable hours on cooking and cleaning and allow you to spend more time on the important things in your life.

Update your kitchen lights

A carefully considered lighting scheme that will allow you to work seamlessly in the kitchen as well as alter the mood when entertaining is a smart investment and a detail that will be valued by prospective buyers. Downlights or pendant lights on separate circuits are a perfect option. They allow you to adjust lighting levels according to whether you are entertaining or cooking.

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