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Kitchen design tips: How to impress tenants and buyers Part 2

By Rikki Cook

Upgrade furnishings and appliances
Even though it’s the 21st century, you’d be surprised how many houses have antiquated ovens, microwaves, dishwashers and sinks. Part of the reason for this is the hassle of having to move equipment out in order to make room for more modern machinery. Aside from the energy-efficient advantages that come with new appliances, upgrading provides a fresh look and feel that prospective tenants and buyers look for. It’s almost like opening up a present on Christmas. While the equipment doesn’t necessarily need to be state of the art, it should at the very least be manufactured within the last few years.

Learn your letters
From the letters U to L to G, kitchen designs of today are increasingly summed up in a single syllable. The U-shaped kitchen, as its title suggests, features cabinetry and appliances that are in the shape of a U. These are favoured for the amount of convenient storage they create. G-shaped are virtually the same structure but with an added peninsula. The choice is yours, but you may want to take a look at listings to see if you can spot any letter layout themes.

Go with glass
Much like hardwood floors, glass is classic. It’s both beautiful and functional when used in cabinetry, as the panes allow you to see what’s inside without actually opening them. Consider replacing wooden or dated cabinetry with something simple yet naturally ornate.

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