The kitchen is the most important room to stage in your home. Potential home buyers will want to view it void of unnecessary counter top appliances and clutter. By showcasing your kitchen in the best possible light, you can potentially sell your home faster and increase the closing price. Even in a slow real estate market, making your kitchen attractive to a buyer could make the difference.
Clean up the kitchen
have shown that one of the dirtiest places in the home is the kitchen.
Before you list, pull out those rubber gloves and give everything a good
scrub so that the kitchen sparkles. Replace unsightly floor tiles, or
in a worst-case scenario, consider a complete floor makeover. Pay
special attention to the cabinetry; in older homes, it is common to see
cracks in the beaded caulking between the ceiling and the trim above the
cupboards. For less than $10, you can buy a pre-mixed tube of crack
filler and make it look like new. Also, to give the kitchen an
inexpensive facelift, consider replacing the fixtures – an affordable
way to give doors and drawers a second wind.
Clutter is a kitchen killer
are the focal point of almost every home. A great rule of thumb for the
staging of a kitchen is to leave no more than two appliances on your
counter. After you have uncluttered the kitchen counter, brighten and
soften the space by adding some fresh fruit, new dishtowels, a cookbook,
and plants or flowers.
Modernizing today will help you sell tomorrow
your kitchen can help you sell your home for years to come. Renovating
your kitchen now will let you enjoy new appliances while boosting the
value of your home for the future. While you may want to take specific
appliances with you, stainless steel can make almost any kitchen sing.
Another way to add value to your kitchen is to install concealed
appliances – hiding the dishwasher and fridge, for example, can really
spice up your kitchen for buyers. Also popular are dual
microwave/convection oven (prices can vary between $200 - $900 for
higher-end stainless built-ins) – another appliance quickly becoming a
staple in most modern kitchens.
If you can’t replace
appliances, be sure to have them repaired and cleaned. It’s also a good
idea to clean your fridge and stove, as buyers will almost always open
oven and fridge doors.
time to make sure all the existing light fixtures have working light
bulbs. Make sure the blinds are open on all the windows and, if
required, add a small table lamp or two to accent a dark corner.
… And the kitchen sink
remodeling idea is to upgrade your “sinkware.” New faucets, soap
dispensers and sinks (whether you are re-glazing or replacing altogether)
are affordable ways to give the kitchen an immediate facelift. Don’t
forget, buyers love to turn on the kitchen faucet when touring a home.
kitchen is the most important room and biggest selling feature in your
house. Staging it properly can make every potential buyer say, “this
could be my kitchen.”
Source: Better Homes & Gardens Greenhouse