First place to start when getting your home ready for sale

By
Real Estate Agent with Summit Realtors, Huntsville Branch

I Think the kitchen is a good place to start removing clutter, because it is where people spend a lot of their time when they are home. Everyone loves an inviting kitchen.  

Start by getting everything off the counter tops. That means everything even the toaster oven must go. Put the toaster in a cabinet and take it out when you use it. Find a place where you can store everything in cabinets and drawers. Of course, you may notice that you do not have cabinet space to put everything. Clean them out. The dishes, pots and pans that rarely get used? Put them in a box and donate them.

You see, home buyers will open all your cabinets and drawers, especially in the kitchen. They want to be sure there is enough room for their "stuff." If your kitchen cabinets, pantries, and drawers look jammed full, it sends a negative message to the buyer and does not promote an image of plentiful storage space. The best way to do that is to have as much "empty space" as possible.

For that reason, if you have a "junk drawer," get rid of the junk. If you have a rarely used crock pot, put it in donate it or put it in storage. Do this with every cabinet and drawer. Create open space.

If you have a large amount of food stuck on the shelves or in the pantry, begin using them. Ecpecially canned goods. Canned goods are heavy and you don't want to be lcarring them to a new house,  or paying a mover to do so. Let what you have on the shelves determine your menus and use up as much as you can.

Beneath the sink is very critical. Make sure the area beneath the sink is as clean and empty as possible, removing all extra cleaning supplies. You should scrub the area down, and determine if there are any signs of water leaks that may cause a home buyer to hesitate in buying your home. Something as small as a stain of an old leak makes buyers think twice about buying your home.

Comments (2)

Tina Maraj
RE/MAX One - Fullerton, CA
Celebrating 30 Years of Real Estate Sales

Great Blog,

I was just advising one of my new sellers about clearing their kitchen counter this morning. I never think to tell them about cleaning under the sink. That's brilliant advise.

Jul 16, 2007 03:19 PM
Rhonda Kenney Hallesy
Keller Williams Realty - Fredericksburg, VA
GRI
Very good.  I agree the kitchen is the starting point.
Jul 16, 2007 03:29 PM