Homeowners have been advised to make improvements if they are planning to put their property on the market.
Celebrity property expert Phil Spencer explained that anyone selling in the current environment needs to set themselves apart.
"It's about making a point of difference between their home and one that might be for sale a bit further down the road," he said.
According to Mr Spencer, changes to surfaces and cupboard doors can create the impression of a new kitchen - adding value without the expense.
He added that environmental issues can also play a part in making a home more attractive, as buyers pay attention to these factors.
This follows research carried out by Tickbox.net on behalf of Lloyds TSB, which found that 73 per cent of people in Greater London believe a new kitchen is the most important improvement when selling a home.
Published on: November 6, 2008