The kitchens are the hardest and most expensive room to build in the house. Its cost varies depending on where you live, the materials you use, the scope of the project. Because it’s one of the biggest tickets of residential construction, there’s no surprise that it can increase the resale value of your home. The $10,000 custom kitchen complete with plumbing, electrical and tiling can sell up to $50,000 to $60,000, as long as you revamped it before selling.
One of the most expensive elements to build is your kitchen cabinets. It’s the gem that home buyers always inspect during an open house visit. If your kitchen cabinets look that it doesn’t need any update or makeover, they’ll be happy to pay a higher price.
If realtors can give advice on what kitchen features are great for use and resale, they will most likely highlight these things:
Implement the optimal cabinet layout
The Layout is the top priority of home buyers in a kitchen. Walking around the kitchen area is enough to experience the workflow that will happen in the kitchen. If the way you built your cabinets doesn’t make sense, it will turn off the potential buyers. They won’t feel the excitement to move in.
The best way is to work with kitchen designers and cabinet builders who can plan the most efficient kitchen layout, depending on the space provided. Give them a deadline but don’t rush the planning process. As the homeowner, you will benefit a lot from your ergonomic kitchen before you sell it to a new family.
Opt for quality cabinetry
Once your chosen architect or designer mapped out the plan and measurements, tell them that you’d like your cabinetry to appear timeless. People’s taste change because of the trends that mushroom from the US or Europe. If you want your cabinets to withstand that, go for bespoke designs. Never settle for lower-grade cabinets for it often needs more upkeep. Mid-range priced cabinets can last for a long time and still promise a good return on your investment. Only go for the highest quality of kitchen cabinets when you have the money to build the kitchen of your dreams.
Think closely about your cabinet doors
Home buyers are also sensitive about the consistency of the design. Your cabinet doors are the face of your kitchen—its must reflect the interior design and architecture of your home. Keep everything in harmony so home buyers will easily understand the design. If you’re lucky, two or more potential buyers might outbid each other.
This is the reason why interior designers are important in the design process. They can help you choose the best kitchen cabinet doors that fit your style and your budget.
Light or Dark, as long as it looks good
The year 2017 is the year of the colour, but we still have a serious hangover with neutral kitchens. A lot of people still prefer light and bright kitchen spaces. At the end of the day, your kitchen cabinets should go with the rest of your home’s interior. If you have a small, windowless apartment in the city, then the lighter kitchen is the best choice for you. On the other hand, if your kitchen area receives a lot of natural light, you might pull off the darker looks.
It’s okay not to integrate appliances in the cabinets
This is going to dramatically increase the construction costs, becoming a high-priced detail in a mid-range priced home. Home buyers will find it attractive, but they will less likely see it as a major factor in buying your home.
Add cabinet details that matter
Of course, the battle doesn’t stop at the sight of the kitchen cabinet doors. Home buyers will open these storage units, pull them out to test how smooth it works. If they find interesting cabinet features such as pantry pullouts and rollouts, they’ll burst in excitement.
This is also one of the reasons why you should go for mid-range priced cabinets than the top of the line ones. Even if you can afford cabinets made of cherry, you still went for the cheaper laminated cabinets. You can use the remaining money to add quiet close features or double cutlery drawers.
Streamlined kitchen cabinets need simple pulls and handles. It must follow the lines of the cabinetry. It’s okay if you like traditional kitchen cabinets with ornate frills. Just change them before you sell the house.
With these real estate tips, I hope building or renovating a kitchen will be a breeze. Here at Superdraft, we believe that all kitchen spaces are an investment and must have a good ROI when you sell it in the future. If you can stretch your budget to allow the use the newest building materials or pieces of technology, the better. With proper design and building expertise, all your investments will return to you in the future.
Charlene Ara Gonzales is a design writer in Superdraft Australia. For her, a stylish and functional home design is a superhero that can save lives. She features some of them on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.