Getting a house ready to sell is often about cleaning, painting and small repairs. Your kitchen may need extra attention and deeper cleaning. Here are some suggestions on what you can do to get your kitchen ready.
- Clear the countertops. Remove anything that doesn’t need to be there and about half of the stuff that does need to be there. (My own math but it works)
- Clean cupboards inside and out. Put in some shelf liner.
- Remove any items from the cupboards that you will not be used during the next six weeks and then remove half of that.
- Clean out the fridge. Try to keep it clean with the minimum amount of food in it.
- Run the cleaning cycle on your oven(s). If you don’t know how to clean it find the model number, usually inside on the door frame and ask google for instructions. (Don’t ask Facebook, that takes too long.)
- Wipe everything down. Make those appliances sparkle. Clean that countertop and the windows too. Scrub the floor.
- Find a vanilla scented candle that can be left in the middle of the stove or cooktop during showings.
- If your kitchen is smallish remove any throw rugs.
Make sure that all light fixtures have light bulbs in them. Check the walls and ceilings for grease and dirt. Clean them if needed and repaint if necessary. Consider using a plug-in air freshener.
Personally, I like the candles that smell like various baked good or like apple and cinnamon. Anything vanilla scented will remind the buyer of fresh baked cookies.
Some stagers like to put fake fruit and cookbooks in kitchens. Today’s buyers especially the younger buyers often prefer a more minimalist approach and kitchens with less in them look bigger.
Kitchens really do sell houses, make the most of the space.