Head Over Heart
Shall I replace my kitchen? And will it improve the value of my home? These are the two questions we were asked last week by a client whilst having a coffee in his very nice farmhouse kitchen. Our answer was “no”. His kitchen was lovely, in great condition and more than fit for purpose. When you have lived in the same house for a long time and you are thinking of selling you start to see things differently and you assume that your kitchen is not up to interior design standards because it is ten years old and you fancy a new one. But that is is the reason you are thinking of moving… you want a new start, a fresh adventure and a nice new kitchen. There is no point in splashing serious money on a new kitchen for someone else to enjoy, or worse still not like and try to reduce the asking price because it is not what they want.
Of course a beautiful kitchen can improve saleability, but it can be a costly affair if you get it wrong. Kitchens have become so personalised that second-guessing what a buyer wants is harder than it might seem. Ultimately, a buyer may wish to install their own rather than pay for someone else’s taste and choice of appliances.
A well-designed kitchen will improve the value of your home, but by how much and whether it’s more than the expense of the new kitchen is debatable. Direct Line, the home insurer, suggests a new kitchen can add up to 15 per cent to the value of your home. But seeing all the different types of kitchens Mrs Clarke has been posting on Instagram it is a gamble whether the kitchen you install will be of the taste of a buyer.
My advice is to leave your kitchen where it is and buy a new house where you can add a beautiful new DeVol kitchen.
Image courtesy of DeVol https://www.devolkitchens.co.uk/