Kitchens and Property Value

Nadia Hursky on January 17, 2012

Are you looking at increasing your property’s value by adding a new kitchen? Adding a new kitchen is one of the most effective ways to increase your property’s value. However, in order to make a substantial return on your kitchen investment, you must be aware of the buyer’s expectations.

Adding A Kitchen to Increase Property Value

Your kitchen is a pivotal feature of your property. It can add to or detract from your home’s appraisal value. A newly renovated kitchen can substantially enhance property value, offering the highest return on investment of all home improvement projects. If you spend too much, however, your kitchen renovations will not produce positive results.

To add value to your home, without spending more than you will make, select materials and upgrades that take your property to the principal market expectations—but not beyond them.

Overcapitalising On Your New Renovation

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Many people believe a stunning new kitchen with all the latest designs increases the value of their property. They don’t realise that appraisal value is more closely related to what buyers favour in their local real estate market than to latest trends.

Although people generally favour large, open spaces with quality materials and solid benchtops, if you live in a neighbourhood where, for example, laminate benchtops are in the majority, installing a solid stone benchtop could be a waste of money. By making wise decisions and selecting appropriate designs and materials, overcapitalising can be minimised. At Blue Tea, we share with you all the latest data about properties in your neighbourhood, so that you do not make costly mistakes.

Rental Investment

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Do you have an investment rental property? A new kitchen can significantly increase your monthly rental income return. Even though a kitchen renovation on investment property has tax benefits, you still want to keep the total costs down. Your goal is to create a good looking renovation, with low-maintenance finishes and durable fixtures.

Choose reliable appliances in case of warranty or maintenance issues. If you save $200 on the purchase of an oven, only to find that it needs servicing, the service guy may charge an arm and a leg, and the parts may be difficult to get and expensive, so you haven’t really saved anything. Even if you have ideal tenants, you need to plan for your kitchen to withstand poor treatment. Chose only cost-effective materials that can stand the test of time.

Below is an article that shows how to maximise adding value to your property through your kitchen renovation:

Kitchen Renovations Add Value

Kitchen renovations can add value to your property if you are planning on selling. The key to a smart renovation is to understand the buyers’ wants without overcapitalising and turning it into your dream kitchen. Similarly, when renovating an investment property, you should choose your materials wisely. With these guidelines in mind, you can ensure that your new kitchen is a profitable renovation.



  1. Anne-Sophie says:

    Thank you for this brilliant post. I had certainly never thought of all the things one hast to keep in mind when adding a new kitchen in order to increase the overall value of a house. But it makes sense! Very good information.

    1. nadiah says:

      Hi Anne, glad it was useful 🙂 The last thing you want to do is overcapitalise on your renovations. Take care

  2. Jason MacDonald Pastrefoa says:

    To make a property stand out it is usually necessary to make upgrades to the kitchen, appliances and bathrooms.

  3. Grant Wetherall says:

    I agree with this blog “To add value to your home, without spending more than you will make, select materials and upgrades that take your property to the principal market expectations—but not beyond them” Thanks for sharing.