When deciding to relocate to a new home, many people say the kitchen is critical. For growing families or those hoping to improve their cooking skills, finding a new home with a spacious, modern kitchen might top the list of things to consider. Also, with seven in 10 Americans cooking at home more to save money, according to a new Harris Poll, feeling comfortable in your kitchen might be more important than ever.
However, due to their wide variety of layouts and the fact that they are always changing, picking a new kitchen can be a confusing task. When deciding on a new home - whether it means moving out of state or down the street - based largely on its kitchen, there are a few things to consider.
Lay of the land
The most important feature of a kitchen is its layout. You're going to be spending a lot of time in it - cooking, eating, entertaining - and you want to make sure it has a good feel. Do you often have multiple people cooking at once? Do you prefer eat-in kitchens? When selecting a house, ask yourself these questions explicitly. Finding the right kitchen for your needs is a lot easier than adapting to an ill-suited one.
If you are one of the seven in 10 Americans hoping to cook more to save money, you're going to need plenty of room for storage. In addition to the appliances and furniture you had shipped by the household moving company, you're going to have a lot of perishable food and flatware to store. Make sure to pay close attention to the level of available and accessible storage space in your home.
Kitchens change more than any other room in your house. Dishwashers, ranges and refrigerators all get frequent overhauls - and they're not easy to swap out. When you move is the best time to decide how much you value an up-to-date kitchen - as well as which components you most want to be current.
Test it out
If possible, test the kitchen out before you call the relocation movers. Try cooking and share a meal with your family to get a sense of how it will feel. If this isn't an option, see if you can get feedback from people with similar kitchens and layouts. Considering how much time you will be spending in your kitchen, it's a good idea to have as much information as possible before you move.