For most families, their home is the biggest single investment they will ever make. It’s also the place where they live, love and raise a family so there are a lot emotions bound up in the financial risks and rewards. As a result, it’s imperative that you consider the financial implications when you invest in a new kitchen or bathroom: will a marble worktop add value to your property? Is Quarella really just as good? If you sold tomorrow, would the new buyer rip out all your hard work?
As professional stoneworkers, we have decades of experience installing stone features into homes across Surrey and beyond. Here are a few of our tips for adding value to your home while also creating the bathroom or kitchen you’ve always dreamed of.
When are you going to sell?
It’s hard to predict the future, but most people have a rough idea of how long they’d like to stay in their current home. Any kitchen that’s more than 5-10 years old can have a negative impact on property values. That means that if you’re planning a long stay in your current property (until the kids finish school, for example, or until retirement) then whether you install a beautiful Quarella quartz worktop or two planks and a bare tap, buyers are likely to find the look dated when you finally come to sell.
Who is likely to buy your home?
Another difficult question, but a key one. It’s reasonable to assume that a future buyer will be attracted by the same things you were, but if the area you live in has changed its character during your stay, that may not be the case. As an example, a family home and a buy-to-let student rental might have the same number of bedrooms, but the value the buyer would place on quality would be different. If you’re hoping to sell your dream home of yesteryear to another family as their dream home, quality and practicality add value.
What do you value?
Trying to predict what strangers will value in the future is difficult – ask anyone in sales! As a result, if you’re thinking of investing in a new Quarella kitchen or a marble bathroom, what works for you and your family should be a priority. That said, there are a few specific do’s and don’ts that aren’t as obvious as we might have hoped.
DO invest in quality materials and professional installation
DON’T overly personalise – if your name is carved into the kitchen cupboards, the next owner will rip them out.
DO create a practical space
DO be aware of current trends. While colours come and go, trends like kitchen islands, en suite bathrooms and a preference for open plan can last decades.
DON’T get caught up by the fashionable. Nothing looks more dated than last year’s hot look.
DO think about flexibility – would this space work if you had 2 more kids? A large dog? For a single person?