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  • May 28 / 2013
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Home Improvement, Smith Home Security Blog

The Room That Will Sell Your House

Modular kitchen

When thinking about selling a home, there is so much to consider, trying to lure a queue of interested parties. But for many, the kitchen could just be the trump card to adding value and prospective buyers fall in love with the place.

Here, you will discover the lowdown on cost depending on the type of property and how much work is required if you are considering such an option.

Everybody Needs Good Neighbours

Be mindful though that a new kitchen doesn’t price you out of selling it when the time comes.

Potential buyerswill be looking, not only at the home itself, but the surrounding area too. Imagine as an example, you are one of many interested people looking to buy a particular property and are indecisive about putting in an offer.

This could be because you don’t like that the rest of the streets houses are of a bland 1960’s prefab style and not in keeping with the Victorian house being sold.

Owing to having past problems selling the property, the home owner tries to be clever by adding a new kitchen and then asks for 40k above the value of the other houses in the street. Now this could smack of trying to claw money back on and above the ceiling price which ver few people will be willing to pay.

With the price now out of range, you and any other interested buyers will probably opt out…

Don’t Overlook Everything Else In The Home

Just because the kitchen might look the part, it doesn’t mean you should neglect the rest of the property. Many people tend to forget this point, but it’s important to think about any other little jobs around the home that may need doing. Mending a pane of broken glass here or a broken door handle there, all go some way to convincing the buyer that a property has been well maintained. Ultimately, you want to convince them that very little needs doing to the place once they move in.

If fixing part of your home requires an expert opinion and you’re worried about funds, speak to various contractors and ask their advice on similar work they have done previously.

Selling Your House After Making Changes

For a large proportion of UK estate agents, fewer than 50% of the homes they advertise for sale surprisingly never get sold. It should be stressed too that the three most important things to remember when looking to sell your home all begin with the letter ‘P’. These are Price, Promotion and Presentation.

Find an estate agent you trust, that doesn’t charge extortionate fees, and use their years of experience. They’ll know how much your property is worth, or how much it could be worth, so listen to them. If you don’t like the sound of their price, get a second or even third opinion.


According to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), a kitchen makeover can add as much as 4-5% in value to your home. This will of course make it a more attractive option for any potential buyers, but make sure you don’t overspend in proportion to the current value of the property. For example, it’s no use spending £25k on a new kitchen when the total value of your home is only worth £170k.

The kitchen is often the room that buyers are impressed by, and can really help to sell a house. However remember buyers aren’t going to shell out exactly what you paid for a full refurbishment, especially if they don’t like the colour scheme.

Are you thinking of refurbishing your kitchen before you sell? If you’re a buyer, tell us what you’re looking for in a kitchen.

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  • May 06 / 2013
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Home Improvement, Smith Home Security Blog

Chop, Change And Taste: Gourmet Kitchens On A Budget

One of the most important rooms in any house is the kitchen; this is where families congregate and delicious dishes are cooked. You do not have to be an expert in design or a style extraordinaire to make your kitchen feel special.

Look At Me!

If you are working on a tight budget, there is no need to worry. You do not have to get in those who are experts in designing and building kitchens to make a difference. A few obvious but handy tips and tricks can get you on the way to completely transforming your space. Firstly, think about re-painting.  It may not seem like an impressive option, but choosing a fresh colour scheme instantly updates the room and makes it feel new. If you are working with a smaller space than you would like, opt for neutral colours. This helps to make the kitchen feel bigger and brighter than it is, providing an optical illusion. If you do not want to paint all the walls, then why not have a try at creating one feature wall? Select a vivid colour that requires a bit of daring or a strong wallpaper pattern and go for it. Creating a focal point like this detracts attention from the areas of the kitchen you would rather guests did not notice! It is not just the walls that may need attention, but the units too.  If you cannot afford a complete overhaul, then try replacing the handles or doors. Changing the design in such a manner instantly updates the room, without all the added expense!

From Plant to Plate

If a fresh lick of paint does not quite do the trick, then move onto accessories. Treating yourself to some contemporary kitchen furniture or blinds allows you to experiment with fabrics and colours, giving the space a personality without spending a lot of money. One tip is to splurge on appliances.  Purchasing a kettle, teapot or a selection of jars in a bright colour has more impact on the room than you may have first thought. In fact, all kitchens will look a whole lot better with a few tweaks.  If you consider yourself to have green fingers, why not try your hand at cultivating your very own herb garden? Herbs can be grown on a windowsill and they may just come in handy when cooking up a meal. To get started, simply fill a plant pot or tray with soil and plant a selection of seeds, before placing the pot on a windowsill that gets plenty of sunlight. Ensure that the herbs get the light, water and nourishment they need and it will not be long before they are making their way onto your plate!

Treading the Boards

Yet, there are also slightly more expensive options to consider when it comes to transforming a kitchen. Replacing kitchen flooring may be a bit pricey, but it is likely to last for years once installed. There are many options, from vinyl, to slate and ceramic tiles, which means there is likely to be one that fits within your price range. Additionally, you might want to consider replacing the lights in the room. With so many options to choose from, this is one way to influence how the room feels. Purchasing a mixture of task lighting for when you are cooking is a must, so that work surfaces are lit up properly. Try supplementing this with lower hanging lights over the table and strategically place lamps next to particularly interesting objects or even that newly painted focal wall. When you are finished, you may not recognise the place!

  • Apr 11 / 2013
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Smith Home Security Blog

Home Improvement: Types of Kitchen Cabinets


If you’ve never owned your own house or remodeled a kitchen before, then it might come as news that there are actually dozens of different types of kitchen cabinets. However, if you have and do know about the variety of kitchen cabinets available, you still might not know the pros and cons of each. Whether you’re building a new house, remodeling your current kitchen, or just have a strange general interest in cabinets, the below list of kitchen cabinet pros and cons should be extremely useful and informative.

The first thing to do when picking new kitchen cabinets is to pick a cabinet style.

Face-Frame Cabinets

The most popular type of kitchen cabinet in the United States, face-frame cabinets, is a solid bet for any kitchen. They typically have a frame built around their front and a single frame encases multiple cabinets. Face-frame cabinets are sturdy, cheap, and come in a variety of different options. However, they are not the most decorative of cabinets. They have also been known to have durability problems with their doors and hinges.

Frameless Cabinets

Also known as European-style cabinets, frameless cabinets are the second most popular style of kitchen cabinet on the market. Unlike face-frame cabinets, which have gaps between each separate door, frameless cabinets are characterized by their lack of space between doors. While they look nearly identical, frameless cabinets have their own share of pros: concealed hinges, longer-lasting doors, and a variety of style options. They fall a little short when it comes to cost though. Because each cabinet is framed separately, frameless cabinets are on the pricier side of things.

Face-Frame European Cabinet

A mixture of face-frame and frameless cabinets, face-frame European cabinets are funky and creative. They are basically a combination of each with the only noticeable difference being the unique hinge used (a hinge that is concealed inside of the door – even with face-frame doors).

After you decide on a style of kitchen cabinet, you will need to pick out the material that you want them made out of.

Wood Cabinets

Wood is the age-old choice for kitchen cabinets. There are a variety of options available and while each is slightly different, a decision lies primarily on personal preferences. Oak, cherry, maple, and hickory are four of the most common woods used.

Metal Cabinets

Another solid option, metal kitchen cabinets are becoming increasingly popular. Stronger and sturdier than wood cabinets, metal cabinets are also slightly more expensive. However, they will make your kitchen look professional, modern, and sleek.

Laminate Cabinets

The least popular kitchen cabinet option, laminate cabinets are still a good bet if you’re on a budget. Though they are generally of a slightly lower quality, they still look great and will hold up to years of abuse. Thermofoil, melamine, and several other laminates are common materials used.

The options for kitchen cabinets are almost endless. If none of the options above suit your fancy, then you can always have a professional custom cabinetmaker build your home some one-of-a-kind cabinets.

What sort of cabinets do you have in your home kitchen? Do you know what type they are and what they are made out of?

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