When it comes to choosing your next home, you should plan to avoid being caught out by any design tricks. Kitchens are an important room in any home and a good selling point for any rental property.

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Guest post – Sally Perkins

But, how can you tell the difference between a kitchen that’s been spruced up to look new and one that is a genuine newly fitted, modern design?

One surefire way of knowing the difference is the style of kitchen – that way you’ll know if it’s a new trend from this year or an old-style kitchen, but with a great paint and tile job.

New kitchen layout

With kitchens fast becoming part of the family living space, this is often an easy way to spot if it’s truly a newly designed and fitted kitchen or not. If the kitchen has an open plan feel and flooring that fits well, or is the same as the living room or area it’s open to, then this is probably a new kitchen.

If there’s a wall, even with an open archway and the flooring on either side of that don’t really complement each other, it’s probably had a good tidy up but not a complete re-fit.


A benchtop – or kitchen worktop – with a matt finish could be a sign of new fixtures and fittings, suitable for the rental price you’re willing to pay for the property you’re viewing. Of course, it could also mean the owner just hasn’t redone the kitchen in a very long time! But, in most cases, you should be able to spot a 20-year-old benchtop versus a brand spanking new one.

If you’re looking for a child friendly antimicrobial worktop, then laminates, copper and silestone are all popular choices. Of course, granite and other types of natural stone are still very popular with modern kitchen designs. However, even hard-wearing stone tops eventually show signs of wear. You’ll be able to see them most often along the edges, at the joins to the walls and particularly around the kitchen sink.

Make sure the kitchen suits your needs

In the end though, while having a brand spanking new modern kitchen is a fantastic feature in your rental home, it isn’t essential. When you view your potential rental property, think first about the usability of the kitchen for your specific needs.

Even if the kitchen is of an older style, provided it’s safe, in good working order and will accommodate your requirements, then you probably don’t need to be too worried about whether or not it’s a brand new, modern affair.

At the end of the day, be sure you’re happy the monthly asking rent matches what the entire property has to offer.

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Sally Perkins
Freelance writer, former landscape gardener

Sally Perkins is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and travelling as much as possible.