Kitchen, Rated the Most Important Room by Buyers
By: Robert A. Hulme - Realtor - Loan Officer -Utah County, Including Provo, Orem, Pleasant Grove, American Fork, Lehi, Highland, Alpine and Cedar Hills, Eagle Mountain, Payson, Saratoga Springs, Spanish Fork, Springville, Mortgage Xpress, Agent
As I travel with buyers in Utah County Real Estate home searches, my clients continue to emphasize to me the importance of their kitchen. Homework is done there, games are played there, families gather there, business is done there, oh yeah, by the way, meals are served there too! Here are some of the best features you need to look for in a kitchen.
Cupboard and counter space continue to be at the top of the list. Most kitchens look big until you start to put things away in it. So you want to make sure that you have plenty of room to put your dishes and kitchen essentials, as well as food, especially if there is no pantry.
Plenty of room to sit and eat is very important. If you like big family dinners or entertaining in general, the ideal situation is an L shaped counter in the kitchen with a small table and a formal dining room. Lots of comfortable areas where food can be served and people can sit and chat will make your kitchen a favorite gathering place.
Get some upgrades for your cupboards. Some extra deep drawers will hold pots, pans, deep bowls and small appliances. You also need one lazy susan cupboard to keep your canned and boxed foods organized and easily accessible.
Put a microwave above the stove for convenient cooking and saving tons of space.
Try for a pantry. A pantry is not just for food. You can also use it to keep other items handy such as a broom, a hand vac, pet food, crayons, etc.
Don't forget lots of windows and lighting. As much time as we spend in the kitchen and as many activities that take place there, and with all the work that is done there. After the cooking, the eating, the family game night, and the arts and crafts are done, it's time to do cleaning. Mom's, especially spend a lot of time in the kitchen alone, and it will only help maintain energy and a good mood if surrounded by lots of sunlight in the process.
In kitchens across America there is not only food being made, but family memories as well. Keep that in mind when buying or designing your new kitchen.