So, you want to sell your house, but your old kitchen is really letting the side down. You've watched all the TV programs and read the Sundays and everyone is telling you that it's kitchens and bathrooms that buyers want (you've started looking yourself and you can see the point) but you dont have the money to throw at fitting a new one.
So, what do you do?
Talking very generally here, unless you live in something rather grand, having a fabulous kitchen isnt going to add a massive amount to the price that you sell your house for - more's the point though, a bad kitchen can really put some people off. Some buyers migtht be happy to try and chip your selling price down so they have the funds to go and get a new one. Some buyers however will consider a new kitchen to be too much work, or too expensive, and they will be instantly turned off.
The sweet-spot is somewhere in the middle. Your kitchen is attractive and contemporary looking and buyers can see themselves in it. (even if long-term it will be on their job list ) They're not going to be embarrased showing their friends & family, and by the same token, the cutlery drawer front isnt going to come off in their hand when they reach for a spoon to make their visitors a cup of tea.
There are of course companies out there that will come and fit new fronts to your existing cupboards, but its not a cheap fix. By the time you've fitted new fronts, you often may as well have gone the whole hog and replaced the lot. A more cost-effective way of revitalising your kitchen is to paint it with modern chalk-paints. They're easy to apply, you can touch them up easily if needed, and you can choose from a plethora of colours. it's something you can tackle it yourself, or you can draft in a handyman. With a bit of time, and a modicum of skill, you can make a massive difference to the look of your kitchen for the price of an evening out.
If you're going to do it, I'd recommend pushing the boat out and updating the knobs & handles, and you can even go as far as changing the worktops if the budget allows. Adding granite, or solid wood worktops can give a real wow-factor in the right property.
There are an abundance of articles that will point you in the right direction, and once you start I think you'll love the effect.
If you're thinking of selling but you have a sad old kitchen, why not drop us a line to see if renovation is the right thing for you. It wont be right for every house, but it will work wonders for some.