Besides the front view of the house, the next most important area to focus on when trying to sell your home is the kitchen. Remodeling can be quite expensive, but here are some tips that are more cost-effective.
The biggest goal to shoot for is to be clean, de-cluttered and smell good. Get as much off the counters as possible to show off the counter space. Leave out just a few key items like an attractive knife set, glass jars of olive oil, a new dishtowel, fresh flowers and/or fresh fruit in a bowl. Bright yellow lemons in a bowl is a great touch. If you have attractive cookbooks you can leave one or two out. If you have an area where mail, bills, to-dos, homework, reminders, etc. live, clean that up to where it’s almost completely empty and leave one blank note pad with a pen across it. Toss the old sponges and leave out one new one with one attractive soap dispenser. Scrub everything to be extra-clean, including windows, and wipe down cabinets with orange oil or something similar. Be super-sensitive to smells and ask a friend to come over to do a smell-test. Remove visible trash cans and thoroughly clean and de-odorize any cans behind cabinets. One trick is to leave a cut lemon near your trash.
If you aren’t doing a full interior paint job, consider painting just the kitchen if needed. If your cabinets are outdated, painting them can be cheaper than replacing or refinishing.
Check your sink and faucet. If the sink is scratched and faucet is worn, consider replacing one or both. It may be possible to have most porcelain sinks re-glazed for around $400-600.
If all of the above is taken care of, then you can devote some time to organizing the pantry. Thin things out so it’s not cluttered and either clean the shelves or do touch-up paint.
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