Adding Value to Your Property with Smart & Stylish Kitchen / Bathroom Upgrades

By: Habitat
26 Oct 2023

Unlock the door to increased Property Value, Higher Rentals, Lower Vacancy Rates, and Enhanced Rental Yields with practical yet stylish bathroom renovation and kitchen remodelling upgrades that will captivate potential buyers and tenants alike.

Buyers and renters today are increasingly drawn to stylish kitchens that allow for entertaining and chef style cooking, as well as hotel-like bathrooms that provide a luxurious and relaxing experience. When you renovate with an eye for high-quality materials, modern design elements and efficient layouts, you are not just adding value but also creating an impression that sets your property head and shoulders above the rest. Particularly in a market like Hong Kong where bathrooms and kitchens seem to have been stuck in the ‘80s, often looking very old and outdated.

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Advantages of Upgrading Kitchens & Bathrooms

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Let’s explore the positive impact on your property's overall value and rental potential by undertaking some smart stylish renovations of kitchens and bathrooms.


1. Increased Property Value

How much value does upgrading a bathroom add? Fashionable and stylish kitchens and bathrooms have become a major selling point for buyers. They desire spaces that are not only functional but also visually appealing, contemporary and on-trend. By renovating your kitchen and bathrooms to reflect current interior and style trends, you can significantly increase the value of your property. Incorporating high-quality materials that will withstand wear and tear, modern design elements and efficient layouts will create a lasting impression that sets your property apart from the competition. Glazed tiles are hugely on trend at the moment and can make an affordable yet contemporary statement when used as a feature wall or kitchen back splash. Apartments that are stylishly renovated can often command up to a 5-10% premium over other properties – but more important may help the property to sell in a competitive market.

2. Higher Achievable Rentals

How much value does a kitchen renovation add? Renters, too, are increasingly seeking properties that offer fashionable and stylish living spaces. A well-renovated kitchen that allows for entertaining and bathrooms that have a contemporary and luxurious feel attract higher-quality tenants who are willing to pay a premium for such amenities. By investing in fashionable and stylish kitchen and bathroom renovations, you can command higher rental rates and appeal to tenants who value the added convenience, aesthetics, and lifestyle these spaces provide. The premium in rental is quite substantial and can result in rental premiums of up to 10-20% - particularly if they feature open plan kitchens with high end appliances, and features such as an entertaining/cafe style’ island’ bench and are very on trend aesthetically. The same applies for bathrooms… Hong Kong is notorious for its ugly dated bathrooms – as such gorgeous cool bathrooms will result in tenants rushing to secure your property and offering higher rentals.

3. Lower Vacancy Rates

Given Hong Kong’s shortage of properties with stylish kitchen and bathrooms - it’s easy to stand out from competition with a good renovation that can have strong impact without being too expensive. Outdated or poorly maintained kitchens and bathrooms can be difficult to rent and lead to higher vacancy rates. Today's renters are more discerning and are likely to choose a property that offers modern and stylish living spaces they see in magazines or social media like instagram – it’s also become more important since Covid as people continue to place a high priority as home being their ‘haven’ whether to relax, or entertaining family and friends. By renovating your kitchen and bathroom to meet current fashion and style trends, you can make your property more desirable, reduce the time it takes to find a new tenant and minimise vacancy periods. This, in turn, helps maximise your rental income, maximise rental yield and minimise potential financial losses. It’s really an easy “no brainer’ decision when you look at it this way.

4. Higher Rental Yields

The combination of increased property value, higher achievable rentals, and lower vacancy rates ultimately leads to higher rental yields. By renovating your kitchen and bathroom to incorporate fashionable and stylish elements, you can optimise your property's income potential. The increased rental income generated by a well-renovated property can provide a substantial return on investment over time. This improved rental yield not only enhances your property's financial performance but also strengthens its capital value, and hence overall investment appeal.


Ready to embark on this exciting journey? Here are some bathroom renovation tips and kitchen renovation tips for fashionable & stylish upgrades.

1. Open Concept and Entertainment-Friendly Kitchens

Consider incorporating an open concept layout in your kitchen renovation. This allows for seamless flow between the kitchen and living areas, creating a space that is conducive to cooking and entertaining. Install a kitchen island or a breakfast bar, which not only serves as a functional workspace but also provides a gathering spot for family and/or guests. Choose fashionable and stylish appliances, countertops, and backsplashes that reflect current design trends – glazed ceramic tiles, terrazzo or marble or there are many other options to get the look on a budget. Tech-friendly power outlets with USB sockets are always a great idea too, especially as the WFH trend continues as the kitchen counter can double as an office space. Stylish design finishes can be delivered without breaking the bank with some good design planning and sourcing of products.

2. Luxurious and Spa-like Bathrooms

Create a hotel-like experience in your bathroom renovation. Consider installing features such as a rainfall showerhead, a freestanding bathtub, or a double vanity with modern fixtures. Incorporate high-quality materials, such as concrete or ceramic tiles, a bold colour statement feature wall in the shower or flooring floor. If you’re on a budget look to be creative – laying a tile vertically rather than horizontally can be effective or using a hearing bone pattern…Pinterest and Instagram are great sources of inspiring, innovative ideas and hacks to keep costs down. Think about adding stylish lighting and mirrors to enhance the overall ambience. Pay attention to detail by incorporating storage solutions and luxurious finishing touches like heated towel racks.

3. Contemporary Colour Schemes

Choose trendy and fashionable colour schemes for both your kitchen and bathroom renovations. Neutral tones, such as greys, whites, and earthy shades are popular choices that can create a timeless and sophisticated look. Consider adding pops of colour through accessories or accent pieces or feature walls to add personality and style to the space.

4. Smart Home Technology

Where possible, incorporate some smart home technology into your kitchen and bathroom renovations - smart appliances, lighting and thermostats that can be controlled remotely. This not only adds convenience but also appeals to tech-savvy buyers and renters who value modern amenities and will pay a premium for them.


So remember, by investing in these key areas and incorporating open-concept kitchens, luxurious and spa-like bathrooms, with contemporary colour schemes and smart home technology, you can create spaces that appeal to buyers and renters seeking a fashionable and stylish lifestyle.

Focus on functionality, quality materials with on-trend design elements to create a winning combination that not only adds significant value to your property but ensures you have a tenant quickly who loves your property so much they don’t want to leave!

To explore our enticing array of properties for sale that exemplify these stylish upgrades, visit our page to buy properties in Hong Kong or beyond. Your dream house awaits!

*Photo credit: Domus; Homes To Love AU; West One Bathrooms, Zasoby Studio, Charles Zana, Susi Leeton, Di Lorenzo, and Architectural Digest

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