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A Kitchen Sells A Home

A Great Kitchen

I get asked all the time if I like to cook. I usually reply with my standard, “I only have a kitchen for resale value.” While it’s mostly my attempt at a little humor (I know, very little), it’s also the truth: there’s a big correlation between a home’s kitchen and its resale value – whether you are a master chef or not. The kitchen tends to be one of the main hubs of a home…which is why, many times, the kitchen can be a deal-maker or a deal-breaker. Great kitchens sell homes – it’s as simple as that.

You will want to showcase your kitchen in the best light. Making your kitchen as attractive as possible can make all the difference in being able to sell your home faster and at its highest selling price.

Make Sure the Kitchen is Super Clean

Kitchens have proven to be the dirtiest place in the house – it’s time to put that elbow grease into action and scrub the kitchen until it sparkles. Take a look at the floors – are there cracked tiles, or is the wood floor scratched and dull? You might want to replace or refinish. How about cracks between the cabinetry and the ceiling? Some crack filler will do the trick, and sometimes simply replacing the hardware on the kitchen cabinets will cure a dated look. And if you can’t afford to update the kitchen, consider having a rendition made that you can display. People are very visual – give them an idea of the kitchen’s potential.

Clutter – The Kitchen Killer

The kitchen is the focal point of the house. You want it to look as clutter-free and inviting as possible. The first thing you should do is to clean everything off the countertops: too many items on the countertops sends the message to prospective buyers that there must not be enough cabinet space. Then, very deliberately place a few items where the previous mountains of magazine, appliances, and sugar bowls once sat. As a general rule, two appliances are more than enough. You can soften and brighten the space with a cookbook, some fresh fruit (I happen to be partial to lemons), or perhaps a decorative cutting board – strategically placed, a cutting board demonstrates a good work space.

Keep it Bright

Don’t be afraid to open the blinds and let the sun shine in. A bright and light kitchen brings warmth. Be sure put fresh bulbs in the light fixtures – and that goes for all the lights in the house.

The Kitchen Sink

A pretty potted plant on the windowsill, a hand soap and lotion combo, a decorative dish towel that blends with the rest of the kitchen décor – and perhaps it is worth replacing that old faucet with a new stainless steel one.

These are just some simple tips that can change the whole look and feel of your kitchen. Clean it, declutter it, and lighten it up. And then, watch the house sell for more in less time.

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