Kitchens Help Sell Your Home

Posted by Carolle MacIntosh on Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 at 4:38pm.

The Kitchen Commands Attention

You don't have to change or completely renovate your kitchen in order to impress buyers but a few small changes can make a huge difference.

Clean, clutter-free kitchen It's easy to freshen and clean up a kitchen.
  • Check out your cabinets; do they need cleaning or a fresh coat of paint?
  • Are your countertops cluttered with "stuff" like small appliances, vitamin jars, note pads, mail, napkin holder etc.....
  • Declutter and clean inside your cabinets. How many salad bowls do you really need? How many mugs? 
  • Organize your spices and throw or give away any you don't need. 
  • Organize your dry food storage and throw or give away anything you don't need.
  • Create the illusion of space by paring down the contents of all cabinets
  • Clean the oven; buyers will open the oven door and check out the range hood. Make sure they're clean.
  • Empty the fridge, clean it and put items back in an organized fashion. Don't overstuff the fridge; it makes it look like you've run out of space.
  • Remove all fridge magnets and personal keepsakes from the fridge
  • Buy some new dish towels. Try to match the color to the overall accessory theme of the house. Expl. Red tea towels to match bits of red in the curtains and throw cushions or blue to match blue curtains and throw cushions. Accessory scheme   ( in another post) should be carried throughout the home.
  • Clean and organize the space under the sink. If this is the garbage pail location, make sure its clean and the bins are empty. Buyers often look for signs of leaks from the drains.
  • Change the look of the kitchen with contemporary drawer pulls and cabinet handles. 
Any buyer looking at your home will scrutinize for space and convenience so it's of utmost importance to create a clean and spacious room. 
If you have a computer desk in the kitchen, it will serve you better to remove and store it. Any unnecessary furniture will impede the flow around the room and make it feel choppy and smaller. 
Develop an exit plan for showings so that the kitchen looks clean and smells fresh. The majority of people spend a great deal of time in their kitchens, even non-cooks, so put some time and energy into making your kitchen inviting and spacious.
If you are planning to renovate your kitchen, keep your choice of finishes neutral.  This would be a great time to consult magazines, Pinterest or a professional.
Selecting tile, countertops, flooring, and cabinetry should be done according to what is trending rather than your personal taste. Certain colors, patterns and fixtures simply don't work together. It's about theme; you wouldn't add comedy to a serious drama, would you? The theme would be off.
I recently showed a lovely, large home, to my buyers and they opted out of buying it because the newly installed finishes, although expensive and well installed, were a mix of styles and the seller's personal preferences. This lovely home is still sitting while other homes, in this busy market, fly off the shelf.  

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