Many experts say that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses so you want to give those areas special attention as you prepare your house for sale. Here are a few thoughts to guide you in your preparations:
Remove all clutter. a.
Countertops need to give an impression of ample
space. As much as possible remove or
store appliances, utensils, spice racks, dishes, etc. A decorative item or two strategically placed
for warmth and décor are OK but you want to create an image of clean space.
Magnets and messages on the refrigerator can be
fun and functional but they detract from your kitchen’s overall appearance so
remove them while your home is on the market.
Same applies to dishtowels hanging off the oven or refrigerator handle. Sometimes never-used, decorative towels can
add to the warmth of a kitchen but usually it’s best to put them away.
Get your garbage receptacle out of sight,
preferably in the garage or under a cabinet (as long as it doesn’t cramp the
cabinet for space). Empty the garbage
regularly and often to avoid any lingering smells. d.
If you have a portable island or cart you may
want to store it as well. Again, the
image of space is what you want to create so removing anything that detracts
from that image should serve you well.
Clean all surfaces. Once you remove any extra items or clutter,
give your kitchen a deep cleaning. If your
counters or floors are tile, alkaline based cleaners often work well when
cleaning the grout. Clean and shine all
appliances including the front, sides, top…anywhere a surface is visible. You may even want to scrub the inside of your
dishwasher door, at least make sure no detergent is crusted around the detergent receptacle. Light switches, back
splashes, walls and even ceilings can be affected by cooking splatters so make
sure they’re clean, too. And potential
buyers will open your oven and microwave so those need to be clean as
well. Daily tend to your sink and
fixtures as those have a tendency to get spotted and/or grimy. Also make sure your stovetop and burners are
clean and fully functional. 3.
Flooring needs to be thoroughly cleaned, then
regularly serviced by sweeping, vacuuming and/or wet or wax shined. Depending on condition you may want to
consider investing in some replacement.
Cracked tiles can be individually and usually pretty affordably replaced
by an expert. Kitchen carpeting can get
stained or worn in a hurry which, of course, detracts from the image and
perceived value of your home. 4.
Fix dripping faucets. 5.
Keep your disposal free from leftover smells by
daily running a ½ lemon or a few drops of dish soap through it. The dish soap will foam up and give it a
Buyers often consider the overall condition and cleanliness
of your kitchen as a reflection on the rest of the home so make sure the
impression you set is clean, functional and uncluttered!
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Sandy Setliff is a Realtor® with JP and Associates Realtors®.
She specializes in residential real estate sales in McKinney, Allen,
Frisco, Anna, Melissa and Van Alstyne, Texas. She can be reached at 214 620
1615/cell, 972 375 9448/office or via email at [email protected]. To subscribe to my monthly email
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