They say that the kitchen can be the most important room when selling a house. The kitchen is where you’ll likely spend a lot of time with family and friends making and eating meals. Whether you plan on making your own food or getting takeout, the kitchen ends up being the heart of the home. When you’re selling your house, it’s important for the kitchen to look good!
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Saying the first thing you need to do is clean may seem like a no-brainer, but people don’t often think about doing a deep clean on their kitchen. When you’re selling, you need to clean your kitchen like never before. Scrub everything! Wipe out cabinets and drawers, clean the oven inside and out, purge the fridge and give it a good cleaning–yes, even that weird brown stain in the back. Be sure to wash off the countertops, tops of cabinets, shelves, and the fridge. Make sure that there are no dirty dishes lingering in your sink. Don’t forget the floor! Mop and scrub all the nooks and crannies between appliances and cabinets. If your kitchen has a window, give it a polish as well. The more natural light you can allow into your space, the better. If you have light fixtures that hang down from the ceiling, scour off any cobwebs, and make sure they are gleaming. When all the cleaning is done, you want your kitchen to shine, glisten, sparkle, and shimmer!
Take out the garbage, and toss a lemon peel down the garbage disposal before a showing to ensure no strange odors are messing with your beautifully clean kitchen. The last thing you want is a perfectly staged room that smells of garbage, last night’s meal, or pets. That meal may have been the most delicious thing you ever cooked, but your buyers may not share the same tastes, and nothing can turn people away faster than strange scents.
During your cleaning, take stock of all the unorganized places in your kitchen. If you’ve got a junk drawer or items crammed into random cabinets, you could be sending messages to potential buyers that there isn’t enough space in your home. Having a place to toss random items is handy to have, but it doesn’t look good when staging a kitchen, so it’s time to clean it out.
Throw out expired foods in the pantry or fridge, and arrange the remaining items so they look perfect. It’s time to finally make sure every plate and cup is in the right cupboard and organized correctly. Making your items as clean and simple as possible will increase the showing value of your kitchen. Using baskets and containers make everything feel organized and unified within their spaces. Plus, once your house is sold, you can bring the containers to your new home and implement beautiful storage right from the start!
Those hot pads you use constantly and never put away, the box of cookies that lives on the counter, your salt and pepper shakers that you keep out–they’re convenient for you, but look terrible in pictures and for showings. Even your microwave and commonly used spices take up counter space that could be clean and nice looking. The more items you can remove from counters and surfaces, the better. Once everything is put away, it can look nice to have some themed items staged in the available space. Place items sparingly, and make sure they make sense for a kitchen. Something like a beautiful knife set or wooden cutting board may look good left out on the counter.
Your daily schedule or the funny paintings your child did don’t need to be on your fridge. We know they’re cute, but unfortunately they’re not important to prospective buyers. Any personalized towels or wall hangings should be put away, leaving only generic items. It’s ok to leave art up, but items portraying your family or personalized accents can detract from new families seeing this as a blank canvas for their future. Chargers and electronics that may live on your counters need to go. Wires and screens will only make your space feel messy, and take up unnecessary space.
We know it’s no fun to upgrade a space you won’t use anymore, but even something as simple as a fresh coat of paint can really increase the viewability of your kitchen, and draw buyers into your property. If you have paint chipping on your cabinets or anywhere else, it’s time to slap on a new coat of paint. Be sure to use something thick with a bit of gloss to really sell the sparkle in your kitchen and hide any previous flaws. Using a color that really pops and goes with some of the decorations you have set up will go a long way in creating a hospitable environment for buyers. If your table and chairs are looking too weathered, it may be time to give them a little bit of care with new paint or finish as well.
Along with paint, adding new hardware to your kitchen can really make your space stand out. By replacing handles on cabinets and drawers or knobs on pantry doors, you can further coordinate your kitchen. Having shiny new handles on everything won’t cost you an arm and a leg, but it will make a memorable impression in photos and showings.
Many times people choose to get new floors when they are selling a house because the old floors have become dingy and faded after years of spills and usage. Whatever you decide, you don’t need to break the bank here, but it’s always a good idea to spring for a few small upgrades to draw in buyers.
In the end, think about the kitchen not so much as a utility room, but a living space. Make it pretty and happy. You can take what you’ve learned here and start fresh in your new home to keep up a beautiful kitchen right away! Once your Colorado or Florida kitchen is staged to perfection, get in touch with Real Estate Photo Pros. We can’t wait to make your listing look incredible in our photos and videos. Whether you’re looking for traditional photography or an upgraded virtual tour, we have the knowledge and equipment to make your property stand out above the competition. Schedule a free consultation today, and let us help your kitchen shine even brighter!