A Clean Refrigerator Helps Sell the Home

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 TN Broker: 208698

Get Rid of the Refrigerator Magnets

 
RefrigeratorThe refrigerator should be clean on the outside and clean on the inside. Often the refrigerator may be covered in magnets or the kids or grandkids artwork. To present the home at its best, get rid of the clutter on the refrigerator. It's plain ugly and distracting.
 
Check all sides and the entire front. Clean out the stuff stored on top. Clean it good and get rid of the messy fingerprints, too. Buyers will open the refrigerator even if the refrigerator is not part of the sale. Make sure the inside is neat and clean too. 
  
Additionally, unclutter the counter-tops to make the kitchen look clean and fresh. Less is more and when it comes to stuff in the kitchen, the less you have, the less distractions the buyer will have. 
 
It might be uncomfortable for the seller for a short period of time, but it will pay off with a quicker sale and hopefully better price.
 
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Comments (28)

Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Debbie.  This is my second pet peeve (after raised toilet lids) when it comes to listings.

Sep 17, 2018 05:50 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is a very good reminder to share with home sellers and their listing agents.

Sep 17, 2018 06:12 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Such a great tip, i was in a home yesterday where they had all the kids school work for the last couple of years taped to the cabinets, not just on the fridge Debbie Reynolds 

Sep 17, 2018 06:17 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I agree, organization translates to well maintained, etc....

Sep 17, 2018 07:08 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

So true, that kind of scene distracts the buyers eyes, as they are curious as to what is on the fridge, rather than imganing the kitchen as theirs, haha.

Sep 17, 2018 07:29 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

I agree 100% always tell my sellers Debbie Reynolds the same thing it makes the kitchen look so much cleaner and less cluttered

Sep 17, 2018 09:26 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debbie, oh boy, how many homes do we show, where you cannot even SEE the refrigerator because of all the STUFF.   A good listing agent would have caught that.

Sep 17, 2018 10:05 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Debbie Reynolds - Great info to share.  Many folks don't realized that a frig with magnets and photos is a distraction. I had a listing where the refrigerator was unplugged which created a nice odor even though the frig was clean.  I immediately plugged it back in to eliminate the smell.

Sep 17, 2018 11:45 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Debbie - this is one place many people clutter.  You are spot on.  You need a clean clear refrigerator.

Sep 17, 2018 12:25 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Oh yes Debbie, such good advice. We had a seller that would not remove the junk on her refrig...and buyers noticed the messy look!

Sep 17, 2018 01:35 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Debbie are you saying all that cherished artwork is not a major selling point?

Sep 17, 2018 02:53 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Debbie- you make an excellent point. You don't want anything distracting a buyer while they try to fall in love with your home. 

Sep 17, 2018 05:38 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Yes, right, clear and put it in order. 

My Mom always does this "cleaning" even for pictures. Not to mention for showings. 

Thank you, Debbie Reynolds  I was enjoying reading your blog. 

Sep 17, 2018 07:04 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debbie Reynolds - one of my pet peeves is a cluttered refrigerator. I never did see any point to it; yet many continue to use the magnets and hang art and obsolete coupons and other junk. But something I saw on a listing presentation, after I got the listing was about a dozen magnets from other real estate agents and even though I never sent my sellers a magnet with my advertising on it, I got the listing!

Sep 17, 2018 08:16 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Clean everything really helps everyone across the board. I love it for sure! Always helps to clean up. :)

Sep 17, 2018 10:11 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I totally agree. I saw an MLS photo the other day of a new listing and the refrigerator was covered with stuff. It did not help make the room look sell-able.

Sep 28, 2018 04:24 AM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Great post, and so true. Nothing worse than refrigerator covered in magnets! I also think that looking inside can provide some valuable info. Sloppy sellers can get the home looking good, but often forget about the inside of the refrigerator. If the home looks great, but the inside of the fridge is trashed it probably means the seller has not maintained the home all that well 

Oct 16, 2018 11:17 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Debbie- - - a clean(inside and outside)  is one of those subtle signs that often "speak" volumes like clean closets, organized drawers and/or a well-presented garage.  Details matter. A lot.

Nov 29, 2018 02:19 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

One of my pet peeves...pictures taken with the gallery of magnets and 
'''artwork" on the fridge !

Nov 29, 2018 05:20 AM
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

I think a clean refrigerator (both inside and outside) is visually appealing and minimizes distractions while a buyer is viewing a home.  Thank you for the blog.

Nov 29, 2018 11:35 AM