Making the Most of Your Kitchen and Dining Room
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and it’s the most highly valued room by buyers, so you want to make it show its best.
Here are some tips to create a captivating kitchen:
- You can cut down on visual clutter by removing items you normally store on the counter. This will help your kitchen lookmore spacious.
- Your eat-in kitchen should have a table and chairs in it. Buyers like to see an eat-in kitchen, but often don’t have the vision to see it as such without the furniture.
- Remove window screens in the kitchen. Screens take away from allowing natural light inside. Plus, no one will notice they are missing.
- It’s a good idea to keep some toll-house cookie dough on hand, and bake up a few cookies just before a showing…but don’t overdo it J.
- Keep the exotic spices and fish to a minimum when cooking the night before a showing. Work towards achieving a “clean" smell.
- Thoroughly clean all your appliances and cupboards, including the inside of your oven and microwave.
- Set the dinner table with your best china to stimulate your buyers’ imagination of the dinner parties they’ll host.
- Many buyers will look inside your cabinets, so make sure the inside is organized and clean. Also store non-essential items elsewhere to make the cabinets look more spacious.
- Clean as much as possible off the countertops. Items such as the coffeemaker, toasters, can openers, salt and pepper shakers, recipe boxes, and dish draining rack can be put away.
- Make sure that your counter is spotless and shiny.
- If you keep fruit or flowers on your counter, be sure they are always fresh.
- If your cabinets show wear and tear, you might want to paint them. A simple trick to update the look of your cabinet doors is to replace your current knobs with new ones. It’s much cheaper than getting a new kitchen, and it sure can make a difference.
- Shine your faucets and knobs and use spot remover to prevent water spots.
- Remove notes, pictures, and coupons from the refrigerator door.
- Empty your trash cans. Garbage and recycling bins must be out of sight.