Aah, the start of a brand new year and if one of your 2017 resolutions is to improve your property - whether you're updating rooms in order to sell or are looking to personalise a new home you're purchasing - there's no better place to start than the kitchen.

There are countless surveys and statistics that prove a good, functional kitchen adds value to a property and it's also a room that works hard for the owner, often doubling up as a dining room, a place to entertain and even a home office.

As North West London estate agents, we are finding home buyers are increasingly being swayed by the size, specification and layout of a kitchen fitted in a property they are viewing. The cabinetry, appliances and even colour can be just as important as the property's location, so it's wise for sellers to ensure their kitchen is up to scratch or risk turning off some purchasers. You'll find people may even compromise on the number of bedrooms if the kitchen ticks all the boxes.

If you're wanting to stay on-trend when planning a new kitchen, have a read of this article. It sets out what's hot in kitchen design and specification for 2017.