In this series I am going to be sharing with you five ways that will hopefully aid in selling your home.
The old saying goes, “the heart of the home is in the kitchen.” Throughout my years selling real estate I can tell you with certainty that kitchens are truly major selling points when buyers are thinking about making a significant purchase. In fact, a beautiful kitchen with lots of organized spaces can be the tipping point when having clients sign on the dotted line. If you are thinking about doing some upgrading before putting your house on the market, check out this round-up of inspiring kitchen ideas and tips that will for sure put your home at the top of a buyer’s list.
1. Counter Top Storage Ideas
Remember that nothing makes a kitchen feel cluttered and completely disorganized like miscellaneous appliances, cords, and odds and ends that don’t belong on the countertop. I love the idea of having a cabinet nook to tuck appliances neatly away from view. If having a custom built-in like this is out of the question, I would recommend having a designated cabinet to house these kitchen must-haves. I suggest only having the necessities such as a coffee maker (of course this would be a mandatory counter top appliance) and maybe a toaster at most. The less clutter in the kitchen, the larger and more spacious it looks.
2. Pet Food Storage Station
If your pets are like family it’s very easy to overlook their “stuff” that gathers all around the home, particularly in the kitchen. I’ve had buyers accidentally knock over water bowls while meandering through pantries. Let me tell you wet shoes can be the quickest way to end a home tour. You have to remember that even though your Fido is part of your home lifestyle, a new buyer might not be as fond of your four-legged friend. I highly recommend using a pet station as a way to keep leashes, food and water bowls, and any other pet friendly items neatly tucked out of view from potential buyers.
3. Organized Pantry Must-Haves
When a buyer opens up the pantry door they want to get a sense of the space. Even if your pantry is large, a disorganized, cluttered mess of can goods and miscellaneous items can quickly make even the most spacious pantry feel tiny. Keep all items labeled and facing outward so that everything has its place. Transfer all loose food (think flour, cereal, pasta) into sealed tight jars for a more uniformed look (any Pinterest-savvy buyer will appreciate). If possible make sure to keep any items, no matter what their purpose, off of the floor for better viewing and to give off a more organized and spacious appearance.
Hopefully these tips will help you when preparing your kitchen for a showing. Be sure to check out my next installment of “5 Ways to Sell your Home” with the #curbappealedition.