If you are thinking about buying a new kitchen then you will no doubt have planned on heading to a kitchen showroom for ideas and inspiration. This is a great way to get an idea of the different kind of styles you might like and also start to get an idea on the price. You might plan on visiting several kitchen designers to get different quotes and find the perfect design to meet your needs. However, one thing that many people forget to do before visiting a kitchen showroom is to prepare for it. This can help you save a lot of time and make sure you find exactly what you’re looking for, which is why we have provided some tips on how to prepare for your kitchen showroom visit.
Re-Sale Value or Lifetime Kitchen?
One of the first things you should consider is whether you are planning on staying in your home for life or if you are thinking about moving in the near future. Many people choose to renovate their kitchen before moving as this can help to improve your properties value and make it easier to sell. But you should think about whether you want to improve your resale value or if you plan on staying in your home for many years to come.
If you are looking for a lifetime kitchen then you should think about all of the fixings and fittings you need to make your kitchen the perfect hub for your family. Think about the space you have and whether you need to include a dining area with a table and chairs in your kitchen. Depending on your space this might not be possible if you want a kitchen island so you need to consider all of these aspects. Also, think about what kind of appliances you will need and how you want your kitchen arranged.
On the other hand, if you are thinking about selling your property in the next few years, then you will want to install a kitchen that is up to date with current trends. This means you might want to get some advice from your kitchen designers and take inspiration from their suggestions. It is important to choose a kitchen that follows the latest trends as this could help to sell your home.
Make Sure that You Have Set a Budget
You should also make sure that you include everything in your budget estimations and have an idea of how much you can spend before heading to a showroom. If you don’t have an idea on budget for your whole kitchen then you might end up having to go back to the showroom to get your kitchen redesigned. Make sure that you have set a budget that incorporates everything you want in a new kitchen, including appliances, flooring and any other additional extras that you want to include. You might also want to consider the materials you use too as something like kitchen worktops can vary largely in price depending on the material you use. A good way to plan any kitchen is to consider the essentials first and upgrade elements if you have any budget left.
Help Your Kitchen Designer
Something that can actually make your kitchen design a much easier process is to help your kitchen designer by bringing ideas to your visit. Creating a scrapbook with some ideas on things like colour, design and appliances can really help them get an idea of what you’re looking for. Kitchen designers can, of course, provide inspiration and ideas on your new kitchen but providing them with some information and designs can help them to get a better understanding of what you are looking for. Use social media sites like Pinterest to create a board with ideas and inspiration you can show your kitchen designer.
Once you have considered all of these aspects then you should be ready to go into a kitchen showroom with a good idea of what you are looking for and how much you can spend. It can be a good idea to book an appointment before going to look at kitchens so you don't have to wait for advice. You can book an appointment with us today at any of our kitchen showrooms.
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