Real estate experts sometimes say the kitchen sells the home. That might not always be the case, but the kitchen is never going to be overlooked during an open house, so it’s important to put a little work into getting it in its best shape! Here are a few tips as you prepare.
Clear Away the Clutter
Countertops covered in appliances and random items can be a huge turnoff, even if that’s the way you normally use your space! Find ways to put things away and clear out the area, even if it means taking the blender you haven't used in a year off the countertop and to a friend’s home for safekeeping!
Don’t Forget the Refrigerator!
Potential buyers might peer into your refrigerator, and even though they're obviously not buying everything inside it, if the refrigerator is crammed full of old food, spills, and smells, it won’t make a good impression. Take some time to clear it out.
Organize the Pantry
It's the same situation as the refrigerator. The open house attendees aren’t shopping for your food, but if it’s organized neatly in your pantry, the entire kitchen will look better.
Organize the Cupboards and Drawers
It's the same story with the cupboards and drawers! Potential buyers will be peeking in to get a sense of the space, so you don't want them to seem overstuffed and cluttered. If there isn't any way to make things look less stuffed, it might not be a bad idea to take out a few old pots and pans to store somewhere else.
Watch Out for Any Smells
Fully clean your sink and dishwasher to get rid of any lingering smells and make sure everything is fresh and clean!
Depersonalize the Space
Just like you should be doing with the rest of the home, it's a good idea to take down personal photos and momentos. You want potential buyers to picture themselves in your kitchen, and taking down photos from your neice's dance recital will help with that!
Talk to your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices First Realty agent. Your agent will walk through your home and give you personalized advice for putting it in its best light during an open house! Plus, he or she will give you feedback after every open so you know what potential buyers are looking for.