Phil Spencer offers his advice for selling a home and explains why having a kitchen in tip top condition is so important.

Homemade homes guru Kirstie Allsopp may be successfully enticing Britain to furnish their homes for free, but there’s one room that you don’t want to skimp on if you’re planning to sell your home.

Nine out of 10 Britons said a good kitchen sells a property, according to the latest survey of almost 500 people by Zoopla.

It means modern appliances, solid units and granite worktops could well be the difference between your home being snapped up or staying on the market for months.

Phil Spencer, Zoopla’s brand ambassador, said: “First impressions count and perhaps no other room counts more than a kitchen. If you are selling your home, your kitchen needs to be in tip top condition and spotlessly clean, especially on viewing days. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean spending a huge amount of money – but it does mean being up-to-date and organised, with modern appliances.

“A prospective purchaser wants to feel that it is already the heart of a much loved family home – and that if they bought this house they would also have happy family times and meals in this kitchen, as well as live such an enviable (albeit unrealistic) lifestyle whereby the kitchen would all be kept just as immaculate each and every day!”


More than 90 per cent of Britons said a kitchen sells a home. For those looking for some of the best kitchens on offer, here’s a selection:

1. Price: £2,750,000

Where: Esplanade, Fowey, Cornwall

What: Five bedroom property for sale

2. Price: £2,695,000

Where: St. Marys Road, Long Ditton, Surbiton

What: Six bedroom property for sale

3. Price: £1,550,000

Where: Point Hill, London

What: Four bedroom terraced property for sale

4. Price: £7,500,000

Where: Aston-Sub-Edge, Chipping Campden, Gloucester

What: Six bedroom detached property for sale

5. Price: £1,875,000

Where: Frogmill Court, Hurley, Berkshire

What: Four bedroom property for sale

6. Price: £6,000,000

Where: Coolham Road, Thakeham, West Sussex

What: What: Five bedroom property for sale

7. Price: £895,000

Where: Rudham Road, Fakenham, Norfolk

What: Five bedroom detached property for sale

8. Price: 19,250,000

Where: Pembridge Place, London W2 

What: Detached London property for sale

9. Price: £3,300,000

Where: Parsons Lane, Wallingford, Oxford

What: Six bedroom property for sale

10. Price: £43,000 pcm (£10,000 pw)

Where: Lowndes Place, Belgravia

What: Four bedroom property for rent

Some information contained herein may have changed since it was first published. Zoopla strongly advises you to seek current legal and/or financial advice from a qualified professional.

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