25% of potential home buyers put off by small kitchens

The kitchen is seen by many as being the hub of the home, and it seems that size really does matter to potential home buyers as they look for the perfect property. New research conducted by an online kitchen worktop specialist has found that 1 in 4 potential home buyers are put off a property by the size of the kitchen.

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The study, featured on Property Reporter, found that 25% of those looking for a new home would think twice about buying a property with a small kitchen and that no natural light and a lack of storage space would also put them off.

In a bid to find out what the British public were looking for in a kitchen when searching for a new home, kitchen specialists Mayfair Granite asked 1,006 UK residents who were currently looking at buying a property what would put them off in the kitchen when considering a property. The results showed that size was the main factor when choosing a property, while grease and fat stain, and lack of storage featured high up on the list.

The survey asked, “What do you find most off-putting in a kitchen when buying a house?” and participants could choose from a list of possible answers. A full list of the results are below:

  1. Kitchen Size (too small) – 25%
  2. Grease/fat stains/mould – 20%
  3. No natural light – 17%
  4. Lack of storage – 13%
  5. Outdated cabinets and worktops – 10%
  6. Awkward kitchen layout – 8%
  7. Broken fixtures and fittings – 7%

Looking at the results in more detail, Mayfair Granite found that Londoners were the most likely to be put off a property because of a small kitchen with 38% of the vote, while a fifth of the city’s residents were influenced by a lack of natural light. 18% of Londoners said that kitchens that were covered in grease and fat stains would also make them think twice about putting in an offer on a property.

Other interesting points that the survey showed was that first time buyers were more likely to overlook outdated kitchen designs if the size was right, while 55 to 65 year olds wanted more storage space and natural light in their kitchens.

Respondents who chose out of date cabinets and worktops and badly designed kitchen layouts as their main property put offs said that they were more likely to put in a lower offer on a property, even if they liked it on the whole, with some suggesting that they would consider offering up to £15,000 lower than the asking price if the kitchen needed work.

Neil Beard from Mayfair Granite talked about the survey results, saying:

“From the survey, it’s plain to see that people still regard the kitchen as one of the most important rooms in the house when it comes to buying a property, and in many cases a bad kitchen can put people off putting in an offer entirely. In this volatile housing market it is important that home sellers create the right impression to potential buyers.”

He added, “Home sellers cannot do anything about the size of their kitchen, but simple things like cleaning the kitchen, removing any clutter and fixing broken fixtures and fittings can make a big difference to potential buyers and can help them achieve an offer on or as close to the asking price as possible.”