The cost of sprucing up the kitchen in your new house can seem pricey, but if you plan carefully you can cook up a dream kitchen for well under £5,000 – conveniently the amount of money you can save when you sell your house with HouseSimple.com. Here are our money-saving tips to get started:
Know your limits
Don't start before you know how much you can spend, or you'll risk cutting corners to get the job done. Which? research estimates you'll need a minimum of £700 for a low-end refit at a DIY store, rising to £3,000 at the top-of-the-range.
Decide your design
Whether you're opting for a full refit or a refresh, you need to decide on a style and stick to it. As well as planning the design elements, it's sensible to know the measurements of your whole kitchen in detail before you start buying.
Open it up
Don't be afraid to use open shelving: you'll cut the cost of pricey doors and cabinets and make your room feel more open and spacious. Kitchen shelving costs around £60, while cupboards are usually more than double this price. Shelves also give you a spot to display any designer dishes or pretty 'kitchenalia'.
Keep it simple
If you're committed to cabinets, stick to runs of wide, deep drawers or floor-mounted cupboards for low areas. Mixing the two will disrupt the symmetry of your design, while fitted cabinets or space-saving solutions will drain your budget.
Conceal the deal
Slick modern kitchens are all about clean, simple lines and hiding the clutter. Turn this to your advantage by concealing your budget items. Interior designer Naomi Cleaver recommends undermounting a cheaper stainless steel sink into your worktop, but it can equally apply to cupboards and cabinets if you buy inexpensive carcasses and add bespoke door or drawer fronts.
Add a splash of colour
If you have sturdy, good quality cabinets, just replace or repaint the doors for a fresh look. If your kitchen's mostly neutral tones, HousetoHome suggests using a rich-yet-calming shade to add some colour without turning off buyers. The backsplash is another easy place to add pizazz to you property ads – you can find bright, beautiful tiles for as little as 20p a unit, online.
If you have a large kitchen, an island can add structure and storage. Don't have the budget to install one? A well-placed and carefully laid out table or sideboard can have the same effect.