The kitchen tends to be the heart of a home. It also tends to be a place where potential buyers will spend the most time. Whether you are thinking of selling, are in the process of selling, or in need of some ideas to get your kitchen in tip-top shape, here are five little secrets that are going to ensure your kitchen looks amazing!
Secret #1 CLEAN
We have this discussion in our house a lot. My version of clean is definitely not the same version of clean as the rest of my family! When it comes to getting your kitchen in tip-top shape, a deep clean is essential! And by deep clean, I mean:
- Scrub the backsplash.
- Scrub under the countertops and cupboards.
- Pull out the fridge and stove and vacuum and mop the floors.
- Wash above the cupboards and above the refrigerator.
- Wash out the drawers (you may need to vacuum out first).
- Scrub out your sink.
- Wash the outside of the appliances (and the insides too).
- DO NOT LEAVE DIRTY DISHES IN THE SINK!
- Get every nook and cranny!
This clean is above and beyond the normal weekly clean you may already do. The good thing? Once you do a really good deep clean, then maintaining it should be easy!
Secret #2 PURGE WHAT YOU DON’T USE
As much as we’d love to think potential buyers won’t go through drawers, of course they are going to go through the drawers. They want to see what kind of room there is! If you have jam-packed cupboards the impression you are giving is that there is not enough cupboard space. If your drawers are filled to the brim, potential buyers may have difficulty opening them and get turned off. Your cupboards and your drawers are an indication of how you live, day-to-day, in your home. It reflects the pride of ownership. Take the time to go through each cupboard and drawer to evaluate what you use and what you don’t. If you don’t use it, it’s time to get rid of it.
SECRET #3 FLAT SURFACES
As many potential buyers will linger in the kitchen, it is important to ensure any flat surface in a kitchen is clear of clutter. That doesn’t mean that the counter tops need to be empty. What it means is that there shouldn’t be any loose papers laying around. I typically give a little ‘rule of thumb’ to my clients I work with.
“For every flat surface, you can have 1 medium to large item or 2 smaller items (if there is plenty of room).” ~ Sheri Bruneau
The clearer your countertops are, the larger the workspace will appear to the potential buyer. That’s a good thing!
SECRET #4 SMELL
Scents are so tricky! What may smell fresh and clean to you could be very offensive to others. Smells also triggers memory, which in turn can trigger emotion. If you have given your kitchen a good clean, you have started the path to create a more neutral smell. Citrus scents are nice and refreshing and tend to be neutral.
I came across this great article: 7 Effective Ways to Eliminate and Neutralize Unpleasant Odors Before Your Open House
SECRET #5 ADD WARMTH
A cold kitchen (and I don’t mean temperature cold) will cause potential buyers to want to leave. There are many inexpensive ways to add warmth. Adding seat cushions to the chairs is one way. Finding some great spring dish towels will bring a pop of color! Don’t forget a little bit of spring flowers too!
When it comes to the kitchen, it’s important to spend the time getting this area ready. Have the potential buyer thinking they could eat off your floors!
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