The true value of kitchens

We analysed internal data and spoke to leading real estate experts to reveal the importance of kitchens when it comes to buying and selling a property.

We've also looked at the worth of kitchens across the most populated UK towns and cities, to see how much value a new kitchen can add to a home in your area, depending on your budget.

Your property's value after a kitchen renovation

Depending on how much you spend on your renovations, the value of your home could be significant or slightly more subtle. However, there are projects you can do on any budget, from quick DIYs to full restructures. 

The interactive map below shows just how much your home value could change depending on how much you spend, using estimates and property expert opinions.

 

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The impact kitchens
have on property's value

We may be biased but it’s true: having a kitchen you want to spend time in is extremely important for the majority of homeowners. 

Plus, the heart of the home has become especially significant now that many of us are spending comparably more time indoors. 

For those of us in the market for a new home, there are certain kitchen design features that could even make or break our decision to buy. 

To illustrate the scale of our point, the number of Google searches for ‘kitchen home improvement’ have risen by 4,525% in the last 12 months, demonstrating the nation’s appetite for kitchen renovations. 

With all of this in mind, we wanted to discover just how much value a kitchen can add to a house, and what type of kitchen projects will add the most to your property. 

To do this, we analysed unique internal data to reveal the kitchen features most commonly requested by Magnet customers. Alongside this, we spoke to industry experts from some of the UK’s leading real estate companies to reveal the true value and importance of a kitchen. 

This information helped us discover exactly how kitchens can impact home buyers’ perceptions of a property, and also revealed how some specific kitchen features have the potential to help you sell your house faster - and even boost your property’s value.

The average cost of a new kitchen

Depending on your budget and the size, installation and materials, a brand-new kitchen can cost anywhere in the range of £3,000 to £30,000+. 

According to Checkatrade, the average cost of a kitchen in 2022 is £10,550[1]. This price includes everything from the units, worktops and flooring to the installation, plumbing and electrics.

To get an idea of how much your dream kitchen would cost, you can get a quote today from our Kitchen Quote Calculator.

The added value of a new kitchen

The kitchen is one of the focal points of a house, and tends to be the room in which a large amount of our time is spent. 

Because of this, having a newly refurbished kitchen is likely to help sellers sell their property faster and in some instances, even increase the value of their homes. 

In fact, according to real estate agency Savills, a new kitchen renovation can increase your property value by 5% in UK regional areas and a huge 10% in London[2].

However, it’s advisable not to overspend on your kitchen, putting more money into it than value you’ll ultimately add to your home. But how much exactly could a great kitchen add to your home’s value?

The importance of a kitchen when advertising your property

Since your kitchen can change the value of your home, it’s important to show it clearly when advertising it for sale. 

Having funded the project of creating your dream kitchen, you’ll want to properly show it off in these photos and make sure they do it justice, so that potential buyers can love it as much as you do.

Showing the kitchen off accurately could be the difference between a prospective buyer choosing to view your home or not, so the importance of it can’t be understated when trying to sell your house!

"The kitchen is often described as the ‘heart of a home’, which is why it can often influence a buyer’s decision - even more so following lockdown, when people found themselves spending more time at home and with cooking and baking becoming a more popular pastime.” “Ultimately, the kitchen remains one of the top priorities for home buyers and tenants and, with recent advances in technology that we have implemented, it’s making it easier for buyers to conduct virtual viewings even before they view the property in person. It means they can find out what the kitchen is like, just as if they were standing in it themselves, before viewing it in person.”
Your Move’s Regional Managing Director John Wetherell commented:

The most desired kitchen features in 2022

A kitchen as a whole can certainly affect your home’s value, but which features specifically will have the most impact on the selling price? 

We spoke to some real estate experts to find out which could help your house sell even faster.

Adding just a few of these features into your kitchen could really help to increase your home’s value, and make it a space worth spending time in.

The most purchased kitchen features & accessories in 2021

Using our own unique internal data, we can reveal which kitchen features and accessories were most requested by customers in 2021. 

One of the most popular styles of cabinet and drawers last year was the shaker cabinet. This classic, farmhouse style adds charm to any kitchen, making it a calming place to spend your time. 

In fact, 43% of customers opted for this style in 2021, making it one of the most sought-after design choices of the year.

When it comes to the finish of the cabinets, matt is preferred with 63% of customers opting for this over a gloss finish (which was favoured by only 29% of customers). 

Not sure what colour to go with after making the gloss vs. matt decision? Last year, 22% of Magnet customers went for a light grey, which is overtaking white and becoming one of the most popular colours for kitchen cabinets.

Cupboards and drawers aren’t the only thing to focus on in the kitchen. 

Worktops are also a very customisable aspect - and specialist worktops were chosen by 63% of Magnet customers last year. Of these options, quartz was the most in-demand choice, with a 69% share of specialist worktop sales in 2021.

A well-chosen sink can also be an effective way to add the wow factor to your kitchen. 46% of customers opted for a metallic finished sink, including styles made of stainless steel and brass. 

Ceramic finishes were the next most popular, with 28% of customers choosing those. Composite sinks were the least requested, with 26% of sinks sold being made of this material.

Finally, appliances are necessary in any kitchen, but there’s lots of choice when it comes to choosing them. Single ovens were the most common built-in accessory sold, making up 15% of the total appliances bought by customers last year. 

Dishwashers were next, making up 13% of appliances sold, fridge freezers made up 12% and induction hobs 8%. 

The kitchen features and trends that can devalue your home

It’s not all good - there are some features you could add to your kitchen that can actually devalue your home and put buyers off, making it harder to sell. From botched jobs to bad workmanship, this is what our experts had to say about the things to avoid when adding to your kitchen.

Avoid these features, and you should be able to create a kitchen that won’t only attract buyers when the time comes to sell, but create one that you’ll love to spend time in.

Methodology

Magnet’s anonymised internal customer sales and inquiry data was analysed to reveal the most commonly requested kitchen features and accessories, as well as the average cost of a kitchen renovation in the past three years. 

Magnet then partnered with industry experts to discover the importance of different kitchen features, and how they can impact the ease of sale and value of a property based on buyers perceptions and demand.  

HM Land Registry data on the average price of a property in November 2021 in each UK local authority was used alongside expert estimations to reveal the effect of a budget, standard and luxury kitchen on the value of a property.

Global Google search volumes were collected from keywordtool.io during January 2022. 

Sources

[1] “How much does a new kitchen cost to install?” (Checkatrade, 2022)

[2] “Lockdown homeowners spent £400 more on renovations last” (This is Money, 2021)

With thanks to property experts:

Foxtons

Your Move and Reeds Rains

Zoopla

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