When you are looking to move property, it’s likely you will have a checklist in your mind of things the new property must have to be suitable for your family. After all, the size, location, and price need to fit the bill. But a lot of people don’t take an in-depth look at each room. And then they end up disappointed when they move in, and it’s not actually the best fit for their family. One place, in particular, you should be spending more time mulling over is the kitchen. After all, it’s one of the most important rooms to your family. In fact, if the cooking quarters are out of order, it can be a nightmare for your family’s well-being. Therefore, when you go to view the property, you should consider these questions when looking at the kitchen to see if it’s right for your family.
What is the size of the kitchen?
It’s so important to pick a kitchen which has plenty of space for your family. After all, you need to have room to prepare food and cook for your family. And you also want to have space for all your important appliances which you likely use on a daily basis. You don’t want to end up having to run machines like the washing machine out in the garage as there is no space! You can look at how they have laid out the room to figure out how much space you will have in the cooking quarters. Check where they have put all their machines and if there is any missing, ask the estate agent where they keep them. That way, you know if they are stuck for room. It’s also worth seeing if the room has space for a dining area. After all, if the property has no dining room, you will want your family to have somewhere to eat together. You might want to measure the area so that you can check if the table would fit in the space. And remember to always pick a kitchen which has plenty of space for your growing family. After all, if you have another baby, you don’t want a cooking quarters which has no space for them too!
What is the flooring like?
You might be surprised how many people overlook the flooring in the new kitchen. After all, they are too busy looking at the cabinets and the appliances to notice the floor. But you need to take a good look at the flooring. After all, if it’s not in the best condition, it might be something you will need to change when you move. And not only is this an extra cost, but it could also be difficult if it means you have to move things like appliances. Therefore, check the condition of the flooring so that you can notice marks and wear that might cause you an issue. Also, you need to consider the material of the flooring. After all, you want something which is wearable for your family. After all, you don’t want for it to get marked every time they come in from playing outside. And you don’t want something which will be really hard to clean if your kid drops food on the floor. In fact, you want something which is easily wipeable so that it stays mark free. Laminate is often a popular choice for families. After all, it is low maintenance and it is moisture resistant. So you don’t have to worry about stains! Or you might prefer vinyl which is watery resistant and robust, so it will last for ages. Whichever flooring is there, make sure you research to ensure you are not making a mistake going with that house!
How much storage is there?
It’s often surprising how much food a family store in the kitchen. After all, the cupboards and pantry can easily fill up when you get packaged food for your family. Not only this but families need plenty of storage space for all their plates and cutlery. As well as all the cooking equipment to whip up some tasty meals. Therefore, one of the top things that need to go on your kitchen checklist is storage. After all, you don’t want to buy a kitchen in which you have minimum room to keep everything. Otherwise, you will find that the cupboards end up full to the brink. And you might have to get rid of loads of items as you have no space in the kitchen. Therefore, open the cupboards to see how much room is inside. You should also look inside the drawers to see how deep they are for all your items. They might be misleading and actually, have a tonne of space for all your items. You should also ask if there is a built-in pantry. A lot of people have one of these in their cupboard. If there isn’t one, you should consider if there would be space to add one. After all, this can give you a lot more space for your family’s items. And an additional benefit is it will add money in the long-run!
What appliances are being left in the kitchen?
It’s always a good idea to check when you are in the kitchen what appliances will be staying put when the owner moves. After all, you don’t want to fall in love with the oven to find that it’s moving with its current owner. Therefore, check with the estate agent so that you know exactly what they are prepared to leave behind. It normally is the case that the oven and the hob will stick around. But for everything else, you need to be clued up to know where you stand. After all, it can stop you needing to bring along your old appliances if these new ones are sticking around. And if something is going, it will help you to know what you need to buy. After all, you might have always promised an item to your house buyer so you will need to buy another one for the new kitchen. It might be the case that the appliances in the property are open to offer. That way, you can make an offer which includes the appliances. And remember to never trust the property particulars. After all, the estate agent might have made an error. So always double check when you are at the property what is staying put!
Are the worktops suitable?
It’s also vital that you look at the worktops to decide if they are suitable for your family. After all, you are going to spend a lot of time preparing food on these. So you want something which is durable and easy to clean. You should look at the worktops to see if you can spot any permanent marks already. That way, you know how easy it is to mark the worktop. It’s also worth considering the material. Laminate would be a good choice as it’s kid friendly. It’s durable and non-porous, so can protect your family against bacteria. If it’s granite kitchen worktops, it could work out well for your family. After all, as long as it’s been properly sealed, granite can be good for avoiding bacteria, and it can be easy to clean. Not only this but it can look appealing in your cooking quarters. If the worktops are something you will need to change, it’s worth checking out some estimates before going any further. After all, if it’s going to be expensive, you might want to look elsewhere for a new home!
How old is the kitchen?
A lot of people understandably are looking for a cooking quarters that is as new as possible. After all, if you go for a kitchen which was installed a long time ago, you are more likely to have problems sooner rather than later. And with an old kitchen, it might not be as efficient as it could be. Or as safe as you might like it for your family. After all, new features like induction hobs have made cooking a lot easier for busy mums. And a lot safer if your kid does manage to get too close! Therefore, ask the estate agent about when the kitchen was first installed. You can get a clue by checking out the design of the cupboards. After all, you will be able to tell if they are something you would be able to buy now. And if it’s the case that you will have to buy a new kitchen, you need to consider if you can afford the cost. After all, a new kitchen can cost around £3000 before you even look into new appliances and worktops. In fact, you might want to make your offer around this by telling the estate agent you would need money off to put towards a new kitchen! And if you do go ahead and get the property with an old kitchen, at least you know you will increase the value straight away by investing in a new cooking quarters!
And remember to check that the kitchen has safety features for kids like lockable cupboard doors and high cabinets which can stop curious toddlers from getting injured!