The kitchen is a focal point for a lot of buyers. It can be one of the most memorable parts of their home search. As a seller, this means you should take a good look at your kitchen and think about what buyers might see when they tour your home.
Since families spend a lot of time in the kitchen, it’s not uncommon for potential buyers to spend a considerable amount of time in that room during an open house. They’ll likely be taking a look at finishes, appliances, fixtures, and the amount of space and storage the kitchen has to offer.
If you haven’t done updates to your kitchen in a while, it’s a good idea to speak with your REALTOR® about the improvements that will add value to your home. These improvements can range in scale and include refreshing, refining and staging the kitchen.
Here are a few tips to get you started.
Tidy & Declutter
What’s the first thing you notice when you walk in your kitchen? Probably the countertops. Clear most items off the counter and give it a good scrub, but don’t leave it there. Declutter and clean the rest of the kitchen as well. You may clean your kitchen on a weekly basis, but this is the time to go in deep. Scrub every countertop, clean every visible mess and remove all clutter. You can expect that people are going to open the fridge and cupboards…even your dishwasher. Give potential buyers a spick and span space to explore.
We all love our families, and we show it by displaying lovely photos all over our homes. Having personal photos around can add clutter to the kitchen. Plus, by removing your photos, you’re giving potential buyers the opportunity to visualized their family in the home. Remove photos from the fridge (in fact, remove everything from the front of the fridge).
Refresh, Refine & Stage
Now let’s talk about some of the specific areas of your kitchen.
You may not be replacing your countertops to sell your home, so make sure they’re as clean as possible…and don’t forget about the sink! Your REALTOR® can give you some great tips on staging your specific space.
You use your cabinets on a daily basis, but cleaning them might not be a priority on your routine cleaning checklist. Now is the time to give them some extra attention. Scrub away any dirt and fingerprints, and shine the handles and knobs. Replacing the hardware on the cabinets is an easy and inexpensive way to make an update. It’s much less money and effort than installing new cabinets. Don’t forget about the inside either. As we mentioned, people will likely take a peek inside, so take some time to organize what’s inside.
Try to keep it neutral. Some buyers have a hard time seeing past bold colours, so painting your kitchen a neutral tone may make it easier for them to picture themselves living in the home.
Overall, take a look at your kitchen and try to create the most open, well-lit space you can. Your REALTOR® is an excellent resource at this stage of the selling process. If you haven’t hired a REALTOR® yet, we’d love to connect you with an experienced professional who can offer you the best advice.
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