This month we continue our considerations for house hunting, both rentals and forever homes. When we last left off, we discussed the kitchen and addressed a few items that most of us wish we’d considered “had we only known.”
Countertops and appliances, as well as cabinets and floors, are what most folks notice when they walk into a kitchen. If you have kids, pets or any kind of equipment (medical, work-related, etc.), look for floors that are easy to clean. Hardwoods and tile will require mopping but are more prone to scratches. Carpets will require vacuuming and, if stained, some elbow grease!
As we discussed last month, cabinet space is important but how the cabinets appear on the outside is also a solid consideration, particularly when you’re purchasing rather than renting. As many of us can attest, children will leave fingerprints, crayon marks and all kinds of messes on any surface they can find (as will the favorite family pet) so think about the height, color and accessibility of each cabinet. In some cases, you’ll want high cabinets and in other instances, you’ll want them in an easy-to-reach location but safe for the family. From a decorative standpoint, high cabinets that don’t quite meet the ceiling also allow us the space to decorate and add a few personal touches around the kitchen.
For those of us purchasing new builds, we suggest selecting a color that goes well with your existing furniture. If you’re in the market for new accessories or a new theme, the world is your oyster.
Happy house hunting!