Everyone has their own tastes and ideas regarding what a kitchen should look like but there are some basics. The kitchen can be the "make or break" deal when it comes to buying a home so as the seller you want to make it as appealing as you possibly can. Some upgrades can make a difference in whether or not the house sells but you might not get your money back in the purchase price so be careful in that regard. Here are a few things you can do to prep your kitchen
Preparing You Kitchen to Sell
1. DO clean, clean, clean. If you read my blogs and watch my YouTube videos, you might start noticing a pattern - one of the top things to prep your home is to clean! The kitchen is an area where this is highly important. Be sure to clean out the drawers, pantry, cabinets, and the nooks and crannies of the floor and counters.
2. What stinks?!? DO get rid of odors. Back to the odor thing. Lemons? Good! Fish? Not so good. Place lemon rinds down the garbage disposal, grind them up a bit, and leave some in there. It will help with odors. Run the dishwasher with a package of lemon Kool-aid (must be lemon) or another generic brand to make the dishwasher shiny on the inside and smelling clean.
3. DO organize your pantry and cupboards.
Yes, I know most of us don't have a pantry like the one to the left, but it is a great example of how things should be straightened and organized. Yes, buyers will look. They want to see if their own things will work and fit into your kitchen. To help make things appear bigger and better, be sure to leave some space on each shelf.
4. DO clear off your countertops. Of course you needed that juicer and the blender and the electric skillet and the four-piece of bread toaster and... you get the idea but don't leave them all out on the counters. Buyers want to see bright, spacious, and clean. Especially if you have counters that are in great shape, show them off! Remember, don't just toss things into a closet. Buyers look, well,...at everything.
5. DO put out some seasonal flowers and a bowl or vase with lemons. Who doesn't like cheerful flowers (I love white daisies!) and bright lemons? Okay, maybe SOME people don't but for the rest of us, lemons and flowers give a sense of a clean, friendly and inviting place.
I am a real estate broker, attorney and mediator. I am blogging from my own ideas and perspective. Although I am a licensed attorney, these are not intended to be legal advise.