The Most Important Room in a Seller's HousePosted by Lee Cameron on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 at 1:02pm.
When it's time to sell your home, you want it to look its best. There are a lot of things to pay attention to and places that can be improved. It's especially important to look at your curb appeal - how your home looks from the curb. You want to make a great first impression on any potential buyers so make sure your landscaping and the front of your house, all the way up to the front door, are as immaculate as you can make them.
But what about the inside? You want every room to be as clean as possible, of course, but there's one room in particular that you should spend extra time on - the kitchen.
The kitchen is one of the biggest selling points of any home. Buyers want kitchens that look spacious and clean, with plenty of counter and cabinet space. Even if your kitchen is not that large and even if you don't have many cabinets, you can still get the most out of the space by removing any and all clutter.
The first step is to clear the counters. If you can get away with it, keep absolutely nothing on the counters. Toasters, crock pots, spice racks, anything that you usually have sitting on your counters, put them away and only take them out when you need to use them. This will go a long way to making your kitchen look more spacious.
And now that you've cleaned off the counters and hidden everything away in the cabinets, it's time to clean out those cabinets! Anything that you don't use regularly needs to go in a box and out of the kitchen. When potential buyers come through, they'll open your cabinets and drawers to see how much space there is. If you can give them empty cabinets to look at, they'll look much bigger.
If you have a pantry, do the same thing to it - clean out everything that you don't immediately need. Start basing all your meals on what you already have in the pantry so you can start emptying it out.
Once you've cleared out as much as you can, you need to clean everything. Put a lot of effort into cleaning your kitchen because any amount of dirt or grime will turn off buyers. Your kitchen should sparkle as if it was new. Don't just clean the counters and floors, clean inside the cabinets, drawers and especially under the sink. Every little thing makes a difference.
The kitchen is arguably the most important room in the house when it's time to sell. Don't neglect it!
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