What’s Cookin’?

What renters want in their kitchens.

An updated kitchen could be the deciding factor as to whether a potential renter will sign the lease. Do the apartments in your communities contain what renters are looking for? We partnered with Kingsley Associates to see what residents look for in apartment kitchens.

❝ For the price, we were very disappointed in the features/finishes. I can rent somewhere for less money and have better countertops, floors, appliances, etc. ❞—Reston, Va.❝ The current appliances are the main reason I won’t be choosing this community again. There are many other options in [the area] that are new and/or have updated appliances. I’m willing to pay a few extra dollars a month to have better appliances. ❞

—Hilliard, Ohio

❝ Management needs to check appliances before renting out the apartment. My garbage disposal was clogged, the ice maker doesn’t work and the dishwasher was missing a wheel. ❞

—Arlington, Va.

❝ It would be nice if everybody would get stainless steel
appliances since they replace them in the remodeled
apartments. I just moved here about two months ago,
but I still have old appliances. ❞

—Aurora, Colo.

❝ I wish there was more cabinet space in our kitchen and more places to store things. ❞

—Austin, Texas

❝ The newly upgraded appliances are nice, but the upgraded cabinets still look cheap. The price for the apartment was too high for the quality of the upgrades. ❞


❝ I love that we have a deep sink! Shallow sinks mean water is everywhere when you wash up. ❞

—Broomfield, Colo.

❝ I would prefer to have darker colored storage cabinets as white cabinets require very frequent cleaning. ❞


❝ This maintenance team is great. I had a dishwasher replaced, and they even put my dishes back! They are truly a professional team. ❞

—Dunedin, Fla.

❝ If the kitchens were nicer, we would have leased the unit on the spot. ❞

—San Diego

❝ My only disappointment was the lack of a microwave included in the kitchen appliances. ❞

—Raleigh, N.C.

❝ Kitchen closets are too high and narrow. It’s too hard to store cooking stuff. ❞

—New York