It has been said that the kitchen is the “heart of the home.” This room is where your family gathers each night to share a meal and talk about your day. Having a nice kitchen can support the family relationships that you are building, creating life-long memories that your children will treasure for the rest of their lives.

When shopping for a new home, most home buyers want to know more about the quality of the kitchen. It is important to find a home with a kitchen that will match the needs of your family. Or, you might consider a renovation project to update an outdated kitchen. Even if you are going to rehab the home, there are a few deal-breakers that you should avoid:

Water Damage

Signs of water damage could mean that you are dealing with plumbing problems or appliance issues. Even if the water was cleaned up, it is important that you are cautious anytime there are signs of water damage. Hire a contractor to closely inspect the kitchen to help you avoid expensive repairs later on.

If water damage is left untreated, it could lead to rotting floor boards, mold infestation, and more issues. These problems can be repaired, but it will cost you.

Cabinet Quality

A good way to update an old home is to refinish the cabinets. It is amazing what a fresh coat of paint and new cupboard handles can do! But, if the wood is rotting, then it will need to be ripped out and replaced with brand new cabinets.

Also, consider the size and shape of the cabinets. You need to be sure that you have the space available to store your dishes and cooking equipment. Open the cabinets to see the depth of each one and visualize how you would organize the storage space.

Asbestos Insulation

Previously, asbestos was used as insulation in homes and commercial buildings, but then it was discovered that asbestos exposure is dangerous to human health. Even though these materials aren’t used anymore, there are still older homes that have asbestos insulation around pipes and in other areas of the home.

If the home has any asbestos insulation, then it is best to walk away and find another property to purchase. It’s not worth the risk to your family!

Cramped Layout

As a homeowner, you want to have the option to host family and friends for parties and holiday celebrations. The kitchen plays a central role for your hosting because people will gather in the kitchen and dining area for meal times and snacks. Some homes have small, cramped kitchens that would be difficult to navigate if there are a lot of people in your home.

When you are buying your dream home, you deserve to have a kitchen that you love! Look at the size of the room, including the way people can move in and out of the kitchen. Also, consider the counter space and appliance layout. These things can be moved, but it can be expensive and difficult if there isn’t enough floor space in the kitchen.

At DUFFY Realty, we are ready to help you find the perfect home for your family. Contact our team to learn more about how you can quickly move into the home of your dreams: (678) 318-1700