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The additional value of a new kitchen and bathroom

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  • The additional value of a new kitchen and bathroom

    Improvements such as extensions and loft conversations add a lot of value to a property if done well, but I personally believe that a new kitchen and bathroom can do wonders for the saleability of a property.

    Amongst the room sizes, the kitchen and bathroom are two areas that make or break a house for me. Although it's not that hard to have a new kitchen installed, having one less thing to do upon purchase can only make a property more attractive.

    If you're looking to sell up and having problems, consider the look of these two areas in particular. A lick of paint and a few accessories can brighten the rooms up, or a complete refit could just tip potential buyers in your favour.

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    That's a very good point indeed - in my previous preporty, I was dearly hoping to renovate it, and had a new kitchen and new bathroom as key features to develop.

    The reasons were different - the bathroom was a very small and pokey downstairs room, and easily the weakest selling point of the property in my opinion - so I planned to spend a couple of grand to make the weakest point of the property still look good.

    The kitchen was actually pretty large for the size house, but the cupboards were pretty old and in need of replacement. Rather than add that doubt of extra cost to the buyer, I thought it would be worth installing a new kitchen - nothing extravagant, but pleasant and neutral - and in doing so, help raise saleable value anyway.

    Unfortunately, I got into a tangle over ownership, and had to leave the property with no development done on it. A real shame as well, as I figure it would have cost around £8k to develop the whole house, and that it would have added at least £15k to the property value.

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      I intended to immediately rip out the 1950s English Rose kitchen cabinets in this house, but then John Lewis started doing knock offs and it seems they're trendy all over again! Even the old ones are bringing good money on the market. I hate them, but I'm sticking with them for a while yet!

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