10 Ways to Prepare Your House for Sale: Kitchen

People spend a lot of time in their kitchens. They cook there, eat there, entertain there, talk there. If you are selling your house, make the kitchen seem as a large as possible and as inviting as possible. Remember you are intending to move, so utilize your garage or rent a storage unit until you move to store excess stuff.

Here are a few tips to get your kitchen and eating areas ready:

  1. Clear your counters. Empty counters make a kitchen look more spacious. Since you are moving, pack up the stored items and those you keep on the counter and don’t use.
  2. Purpose the eating area. If it is currently the kid’s play room, minimize their toys (storage unit) and put a dining table and chairs back into the room. It helps the buyer visualize the size and whether their table and chairs can fit.

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  3. Remove extra leaves in the dining room table to make the room look bigger. Of course, if you have a large family that regularly uses the table, then you can make the room look bigger by removing extra furniture.
  4. Set the table and the bar counter area.
  5. Clean and organize the inside of your cabinets. Store what you won’t use the next few months.
  6. Paint, restain or update your cabinet doors if they show too much wear.
  7. Keep the doors of your refrigerator free of sticky notes,  magnets and other items. Declutter.
  8. Keep trash cans out of sight.
  9. Maintain a clean smell in the house: minimal spice and fish cooking as this can turn off a buyer when they enter the house.
  10. Clean your pantry of unwanted  items to make it look spacious.

Eileen Saunders, REALTOR with Tommy Morgan Realtors, 2092 Old Taylor Road, Oxford, MS 38655 662-404-0816 or 662-234-5344 Equal Housing

photo credit: 2321_central_apt_2E_kitchen_final_1_web via photopin (license)

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