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What New Kitchen Features Add Value to Your Home?

What features add the most value when fitting a new kitchen?

The kitchen is the heart of the home for many people. It’s the place where people come together to share their stories over a meal. According to the National Associaton of Estate Agents, a new kitchen should always be a priority for renovations.

According to data published by Moneywise,  a new kitchen adds the most value to a property when renovated. But if you have money to spend, which features and changes should be at the top of your wishlist?

A versatile living space

There was a time when kitchens were used almost exclusively for cooking and eating. Now, however, they’re used as a real living space — somewhere people can work, socialise or relax.

When designing your new kitchen, the cost is an important consideration but try and create spaces for everyday living. And try to add warmth wherever possible. Kitchens features cold, clinical surfaces because they’re practical. But nothing but tiles and granite worktops can leave the space feeling inhospitable.

Attend to repairs and maintenance in your new kitchen

Kitchen features that add value to a home

The quality and condition of your new kitchen could have a direct effect on your home’s market value. Buyers may forgive the odd defect or faulty appliance. But when there’s a series of issues, people see a lot of work without much payback.

Identify improvements and repairs before you list your house for sale including broken doors, faulty switches, bad paint jobs and any other trivial issues. Strive for quality and a great finish, and aim for a cohesive, consistent appearance.

Subtle changes are often the most effective

Don’t think you have to spend thousands of pounds renovating or installing a newly fitted kitchen to increase interest in your home. By making a series of subtle changes to your kitchen’s aesthetic, it’s possible to add value in a very cost-effective way.

For example, you can change the look and feel of your kitchen merely by changing cabinet doors. Keep the rest of the cabinets in place to save money. Choose a soft colour for the walls, and replace those tired worktops with something stylish. These changes alone don’t require significant renovations, but together they can transform your kitchen without breaking the bank. Visit a few showrooms and look at a few fitted kitchen designs to get even more ideas!

Think about what buyers want when planning a new kitchen

What do buyers want from a kitchen?

Imagine yourself in the shoes of your potential buyers. If your home is expected to attract first-time buyers, your new kitchen should be ready to use. Make sure all appliances are working correctly. Keep the decor neutral. And choose lighting that creates a warm ambience. Also, make sure your kitchen offers lots of storage and room to grow.

If you’re targeting affluent buyers who already own their own home, you might need to spend a little more. Invest in premium appliances, flooring and kitchen furniture. Stage your kitchen to showcase its strengths.

How much is a new kitchen?

The average cost of a new kitchen is £8,000, excluding VAT and appliances. Therefore careful consideration needs to be given if your objective is to add extra value to your home.

Make your kitchen functional

Your priority should always be functionality. While making a kitchen warm and inviting is excellent, the room’s primary function is cooking. Create a logical flow that aids better and faster cooking. Does the layout allow you to cook without continually turning back on yourself or bumping into things?

Where is the natural space for food preparation? Does this space have storage cupboards nearby? Is there space for clean dishes by the sink? Is there space for hot food to cool near the oven? These are all issues that will affect a buyer’s decision. Get them right, and you might add a little value to your home.

There’s little point to adding value to your property if you’re spending more on renovations than you stand to gain. Some smart decor choices, a little planning and a few subtle changes here and there can increase the value of your home significantly.

Pet Smells and Odours Can Reduce The Value of Your Home

Allowing pet odour or smells to take over may lower the value of your home

Buying a home is often an emotional process, and the slightest, seemingly innocuous problem, such as pet odour or smells,  can leave a buyer with a lasting negative impression. It can make a big difference whether you have pets in the house or not. House prices can be negatively affected if people get a poor first impression – caused by smells and the inevitable disruption caused by pets.

Cats and dogs may be fantastic to have around the home for companionship, but sometimes pet odour and mess can be an issue. Because you live with your pets permanently, you may have grown immune to the problem. However, you should be aware that potential buyers will notice straight away, and that affects house prices in the UK almost every day.

“What is my home worth?” – Less, if pets odour is present

The vast majority of buyers are looking for properties that will be their home. With such a huge emotional and financial investment involved, many customers will view dozens of properties – looking for the ideal family home, therefore creating fantastic first impressions and allowing buyers to imagine themselves in your home immediately are essential. If dog hair, mess and unpleasant smells greet your viewers, there is every chance that these issues will override all the positive aspects of your house. House sales in the UK can break down because of the slightest doubt on the part of the buyer, so taking steps to ensure your home appears ‘pet-free’ may deliver a speedier and more profitable property sale.

Remove all signs of pets from your home for more favourable house values.

Pet odour or smells can affect house values

The best way to ensure that pet smells don’t harm your chance of achieving the price you want for your property valuation is to remove all signs of them for viewings. A horrifying prospect for some pet owners, but it is worth remembering that most people don’t own house pets, so strange smells or the mere sight of excited animals may tarnish their first impression of your home.

Arrange for pets to be looked after during viewings

If you can have your pets looked after by a friend or a kennel while you carry out the property viewings, you can create the impression of a ‘pet-free’ home. Some buyers won’t put up with pet smells and they might believe that the house has been in some way tarnished by their presence. Briefly, remove the pets from your home, neutralise any pet smells avoid jeopardising your chances of the sale price you want. Use a natural pet odour remover or pet odour candles to freshen up your home.

Removing tell-tale signs of house pets to protect property prices

In the majority of homes, it is immediately apparent to buyers that pets live there if any pet smells are present. Even if you have removed your pets from your property for viewings, you should still consider removing any food bowls, litter trays and toys. It is also important to attend to any stains or hairs that may have been left by your pet – something a professional cleaning service will do adequately.

Neutralising pet odour and smells can result in favourable house sale prices

Unfortunately, urine can get into carpets and fabrics very quickly, and it can be difficult to remove. Even if you think your home is entirely odour-free, your desensitised nose may be playing tricks on you. If possible, bring a neighbour or friend into your home to check for smells. There are some excellent enzyme-based cleaners on the market that can neutralise urine effectively, but hiring a professional cleaning company that specialises in removing pet odour is probably the safest course of action.

Most pet owners will baulk at the thought of removing a pet from its loving home, but there is little doubt that pet odours have the potential to affect UK house prices. Creating that lasting first impression is critical when selling a property, so your sacrifice may be worth it in the long term. You can collect them in a few hours, just spend a little money and use the best pet odour remover when doing viewings.

Flying Homes works with house sellers who need a quick house sale at the best possible price. We try harder to sell your home fast even if it has ‘pet odour’. Call us now on 0800 68 99 420 to see how we can help your house sale or complete the instant online quote form today!

No Private or Off Street Parking Can Mean Reduced House Prices

Does no private or off street parking facility put off house buyers?

Having no off street or private parking can put off house buyers and reduce property values. Parking in and around major towns and cities in the UK is the subject of much political to and fro. As well as reducing the risk of vehicle crime, off street parking can allow residents to avoid parking and congestion charges. Garages and private driveways are not only reducing motor insurance premiums for thousands of people, they are adding tens of thousands of pounds to house prices all over the UK. However, if your home is without a private parking facility – particularly in a major urban area – you could find that similar homes in your neighbourhood with private parking are selling for much higher prices than your most recent property valuation.

Congestion measures could reduce property prices for those without garages

In 2006, Richmond upon Thames became the first council in the UK to tax residents who park high-emission vehicles in the area. This charge – coupled with significant parking and congestion charges – has the potential to increase the cost of motoring to prohibitive levels – and that means homes without private parking will effectively carry a hidden expense for motorists.

Indeed, some property experts are of the opinion that parking permit rises in certain areas could add as much as 20 percent to property prices in affected areas – as long as those properties have either a garage or a private driveway. There is a fear that homes without such facilities could be left lagging behind in terms of sold house prices, and that is leaving many homeowners worried.

Cars in Richmond are graded according to their size – with gas-guzzlers such as 4-by-4s costing the most to park. However, each car requires its own permit, so modern families with grown-up children living at home could find themselves facing a huge permit bill. Prospective buyers will no doubt be put off buying homes without off-street parking, and that will have an inevitable effect on house values. With the political momentum very much behind carbon emission cuts, it surely won’t be too long before similar measures are rolled out in the UK’s other major cities.

UK house prices and vehicle crime

According to official statistics from the Home Office, only 7 percent of all car thefts are from a private garage. However, a surprising 66 percent of vehicle thefts occur on driveways or on public streets. This means that homes that don’t have an attached garage will be far less desirable than those that do, and that difference in demand will probably translate to a significant difference in property values. Moreover, car-owners just feel happier parking their vehicle within a few feet of their home, and many will pay a premium for the privilege.

Unfortunately, homes without a private parking facility may also lead to increased insurance costs. Insurance providers prefer cars to be parked on private property, and they will usually substantially reduce annual premiums for cars that are stored in garages overnight. If you are trying to sell a house without a garage when there are identical homes for sale in the area with attached garages, you may find that your home’s achievable final sale price falls some way short of others in the area.

Whether it’s because of financial concerns or for sheer convenience, motorists like to buy houses with private parking, and many are willing to pay a premium for the benefit. Properties without private parking are at an immediate disadvantage, and with reduced demand, the likelihood of a disappointing house valuation is significant. If your home doesn’t have a private parking facility, you may have to choose between installing one or accepting a slightly reduced property valuation.

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