When it comes to selling your home, your kitchen can be a deal-breaker. At an open house, most potential buyers will spend considerable time in the kitchen to check out the finishes, appliances, fixtures and, more importantly, the amount of space and storage. Having an inconvenient and inadequate kitchen can be a curse to homeowners. Before you may have had long fought battles with your kitchen, but the buyer of your house doesn’t have to feel that way. Just think of your kitchen as product; what do most people like to see in a kitchen?
Even if your kitchen is out-dated, this doesn’t mean you have to burn a hole in your wallet to make it look appealing and attractive. Home staging is a vital part of home resale, and even though it’s good to do for every room in the home, the kitchen is especially important because of the amount of time most people spend in there. Refreshing, refining and staging one of the most important places in your home will have prospective buyers smiling, and not running for the door.
If you’re like most people, you at least do one thorough cleaning of your kitchen once a week. Well, imagine doing that, but with ten times more effort. You must scrub every countertop, clean every visible mess and remove all clutter. But, homebuyers are particularly picky and nosy people. They will open your fridge, open your cabinets, and yes, they will open your dishwasher. Be sure to have everything organized. For the dishwasher, make sure there are no dishes in there, especially dirty ones. Use vinegar to rub out any hard water scale and build up inside of the washer.
You’re going to have to depersonalize your kitchen a bit. Remove pictures and some items that you use everyday – which someone else may not – off the counter tops. As well, remove almost everything off your fridge. You want to optimize the space in your kitchen so the potential buyer can visualize their things in the space.
There are many different aspects of the kitchen, so take time to focus on each one at a time. You may have to pay a little to get some of the changes you need, but here are some tips for each section of the kitchen:
To many, the kitchen can make or break a sale. Small, cluttered and narrow kitchens are somewhat tough to sell, but with some refreshing and de-cluttering, you could make your kitchen a shining part of your home – something that buyers love.