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A Kitchen Clean Up Pays When Selling Your Home

Written by on Thursday, 01 May 2014 10:13 am
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When it comes to selling a home, a kitchen clean up pays. You don't have to do an expensive remodel to make your kitchen appealing to buyers. If you're starting with a good kitchen space, then making a few inexpensive modifications can help you get your home noticed and sell for more money.

Here are a few things to start with. Some people like to leave every single appliance that they've used in the last week out, but, to show good space,you're going to have to clear your counters. One of the major mistakes sellers make is leaving the kitchen, or their home, the everyday way they live in it. The way you sell and show a home is not usually the way you live in it. Yes, it may be an inconvenience but it's worth the hassle if it brings in more money when your home sells.

So, look around your kitchen and see what you can put away. The more empty the counter tops, the better. A few subtle decorations that bring your kitchen to life are perfect. Leave open space for buyers to imagine their own belongings in your kitchen.

If you have any low-hanging pots and pans on racks from the walls or ceilings, consider removing them and patch the holes. Unless the rack is very necessary or really nice decor that doesn't block views or hang too low, removing it will help create a greater feeling of spaciousness.

Wipe the counter tops thoroughly. Sounds so ridiculously simple and obvious. But many sellers forget to do this and the counter tops are left sticky or with stains on them. A little elbow grease could remove a wine stain or watermark and make the kitchen look much more cared-for.

If you don't have an island in your kitchen but have some extra room, a rolling butcher block island works like a charm for adding convenient working space and a sophisticated look. You might also have some delicious-smelling freshly baked cookies out alongside your flyers for open houses.

Get some light in the kitchen. If you have all recessed lighting, you might try adding a few pendant lights. They add a completely different look and can be quite attractive.

Change your flooring if it's very old, torn up, or outdated. Putting in some inexpensive flooring that gives an updated look will help. You don't have to spend lots of money and get the best flooring around, Just make sure your flooring doesn't make your home look like it's in a time warp.

Add some plants and greenery to the kitchen. Using fresh herbs in simple containers is a great way to add some pretty decor plus their lovely aromatic odors to get buyers thinking about the meals they'd cook in your kitchen.

Clean up or replace old worn-down appliances. You can sell the home with appliances "as is" but a broken dishwasher, for instance, is a point of price negotiation. You can expect buyers to want some money off or for it to be replaced.

The kitchen is one of the most important areas of a home for most buyers, even if they don't cook. Taking the time to enhance it before you list your home will help make sure your home sells for top dollar.

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4 comments

  • Comment Link Teri Online Staging Pro Monday, 05 May 2014 11:39 am posted by Teri Online Staging Pro

    On a listing I saw recently there was a reptile aquarium on the kitchen counter, yep! I couldn't tell if it was a snake or an iguana inside but there it was... next to the kitchen sink. Whatever it was had company, birds in a cage next to the kitchen table.

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  • Comment Link Cheryl Uram Monday, 05 May 2014 7:20 am posted by Cheryl Uram

    Buyers today focus on the kitchen. It is very important. Modern appliances and stone countertops are always on my buyers' wish list. Surprisingly you can replace an old counter with granite for not as much as you think, and the return in your price will be much greater than that cost.

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  • Comment Link Dave Wiley Monday, 05 May 2014 5:30 am posted by Dave Wiley

    These ideas are very simple and yet so critical. A broken or dated dishwasher will cost the seller $500 to replace, however the buyer will typically want to negotiate a $3,000 discount!

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  • Comment Link Bryan Monday, 05 May 2014 12:58 am posted by Bryan

    Excellent sound advise

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