Kitchen Renovation Tips to Increase Property Value

Nadia Hursky on August 10, 2012

If you plan to sell your home, you want to first increase its property value. A stunning kitchen renovation will do that. The key is to attract the majority of buyers without overcapitalising. The kitchen needs to be universally appealing, sophisticated and reasonably priced to make a return on your investment. Quality, style and design layout are essential ingredients for your kitchen renovation.

Quality Over Quantity

Before you cram your kitchen full of cabinets, remember: the more cabinets you add, the more money you pay. Instead of buying more, focus on quality in the cabinetry and hardware. Keep the cabinet count down, but use quality hinges and runners. Buyers look for features such as soft close drawers and custom made cabinetry. Do not opt for modular units that have filler panels, or ill-fitted cabinetry that screams cheap kitchen. Buyers want their new kitchen to look tasteful and expensive.

While internal fit outs—such as pull out pantries, pull out bins and numerous other space-saving fit outs—are practical additions to your personal kitchen design, the cost of adding them will not always reap rewards. They tend to be pricey and are best kept for kitchens that you plan on using yourself for many years to come.

Less is definitely more when it comes your kitchen renovation. It is not always necessary to crowd your kitchen with cabinets. Keep the cabinetry count down and aim for an overall design impact to increase your property value.

Below are some kitchen examples using minimal cabinetry. The design aesthetic is appealing, simple and in the most part inexpensive.

herringbone kitchen splash back

Small Grey Minimal Kitchen



While it may be tempting to design the kitchen to your specific tastes, you will be in a better position if you design it for the likes of many people. In Australia, this generally means keeping the kitchen bright, light and open. Use lighter colours to make the space look bigger and more open. Many people like White kitchens, even if it’s not the most daring option.  White gives the kitchen a spacious feel. White kitchens are also timeless, which is another plus if your buyer may be thinking of reselling down the track.

Aim for symmetry in your kitchen renovation. This creates a calm and appealing sense of integrity. If possible, keep wall cabinets the same size. Our eye is naturally drawn to repetition and symmetry. If you use many drawers, try to ensure they have the same configuration. For example, if you use a skinny drawer on the top and two pot drawers underneath, repeat this configuration.

kitchen symmetry

White is a universally appealing colour for kitchen renovations. The space looks fresh, open and inviting, making it attractive to potential buyers.

white scandinavian kitchen



Design Layout

The trend in Australia is to have an open plan layout for your kitchen renovation. This means kitchen/ dining/ living spaces are often combined. Buyers want a kitchen that is multifunctional. They want a space to prepare and cook in, but also a place where they can socialise, where the kids can do their homework, and where they can relax for a casual glass of wine.

If you have a generous floor plan to allow for it, a kitchen island is generally well sought after by buyers. You will need a generous floor plan. If you have the flexibility on deciding where your kitchen is going, aim for a part of the house that is open and has a nice view. People don’t want to see a kitchen that is tucked away in a dark corner of the house.

Aim to place your kitchen in a space that has a pleasant outlook. If people imagine cooking becoming less of a chore and more of a joy, you have a higher chance of selling to them.

Popular Kitchen Materials

Kitchen islands with multifunctional spaces particularly appeal to prospective buyers.

white, timber and marble kitchen

When you plan to sell, you logically should use a design that appeals to as many people as possible, but that also keeps costs reasonable. Without overspending, make sure your renovation is simple, beautiful, practical and spacious, and that you use good quality materials and installers.




  1. Kathy says:

    I’m not planning to sell my home, but I love articles like this, because it seems I’m always in home-improvement mode. I like keeping my house company-ready, so I can entertain at a moment’s notice. Having specifics to focus on keeps me from just buying stuff that ultimately I don’t need or use.

    1. nadiah says:

      Hi Kathy, I also believe keeping your home clutter free is the way to go 🙂

  2. impala says:

    Many thanks for sharing these kitchen ideas with us. The photo’s on your blog are inspiring, thanks!

  3. Susie Thomas says:

    Thanks, I have been following your blog and I get new inspiration every month, it makes it hard to start my kitchen project as I keep changing my mind! Thanks again.

  4. Renomart says:

    Very cheeky Impala!

  5. Khushnood Ahmed says:

    I can see how a new kitchen can quickly raise property value. I guess you do need to be careful not to overcapitalise though. Nice to see all these kitchens. Thanks

  6. Lynnette E. Carney says:

    As the heart and soul of the home, the kitchen is one of the most used rooms of the house; of keen interest to potential buyers. In fact, real estate agents say a clean, well-designed kitchen with modern appliances and quality elements can sell a house quicker than nearly any other aspect of the home.

  7. Jane Ambrose says:

    My husband and I are considering remodeling our kitchen, but we want to have a good game plan before we go through with anything. I totally agree with this article that it’s better to have fewer cabinets with nice hardware and quality than a lot of cabinets with poor quality features. It seems like the more consideration you put into each feature of your kitchen, the more likely you’ll be to be happy with it in the future.

    1. Nadia Hursky says:

      Hi Jane
      Glad you found the article useful. If you need any help with your kitchen design please be in touch!

  8. Sam Li says:

    I love what you mentioned about kitchen islands with multifunctional spaces. I believe that kitchen renovations should be taken care of by reliable contractors.

  9. Penelope Smith says:

    I want to do a kitchen renovation this summer. However, I haven’t locked in a design I like yet. So, I liked that you pointed out that I should find a design that is both pretty to look at and functional.

  10. Dean Phillips says:

    You made an interesting point when you said that less is more when it comes to kitchen renovation. My wife and I just moved into a new house, and we really want to remodel the kitchen and the bathrooms so that they are more modern. Once we find a contractor that can fit within our budget, we will be sure to keep things simple yet classy.

  11. Sarah Smith says:

    I agree that quality should be paramount in the kitchen. My husband and I are planning to have our kitchen renovated in a few months. Maybe we should start looking into contractors right now. Thanks for the tips.

  12. Hollis Reeves says:

    Kitchen is a central space present inside our dwelling place. In other words, it is the heart of the home. Kitchen renovation increases the value of your home to a greater extent. A simple renovation can make your kitchen more pleasant and functional. When family starts growing, the storage space starts disappearing.Thanks for the information!

  13. Sarah says:

    I really appreciate your advice to focus on getting high-quality cabinets instead of having your full kitchen installed with cabinets. I agree that this would help you have a better-looking kitchen in the end. Personally, I would like to have a few high-quality cabinets and then maybe use a china cabinet in the dining room for whatever doesn’t fit. It would be great if I could find a custom kitchen specialist that could add a pantry to our kitchen as well.

  14. Harry says:

    Hey , thanks for providing all this information, it’s good to have a guideline so that I don’t overcapitalise on my renovations- thanks again!

  15. Nick Richardson says:

    To increase your house value, you can do it by renovating smartly by spending money on quality products and suppliers, but being careful not to overcapitalise.

    1. Nadia Hursky says:

      Thanks Nick, quality is king!

  16. Randy Chorvack says:

    I agree that less is more when renovating a kitchen. Having a lot of cabinets is useful but if they’re cheap then they can fall apart and they definitely don’t look as good. When I moved into my current house, I was looking for a good-looking kitchen instead of one with a lot of cabinets.

    1. Nadia Hursky says:

      Thanks for your feedback Randy! Glad you agree too 🙂