The Kitchen: Pay particular attention to your kitchen. This room continues to be the "heart of the home". A pleasant, workable kitchen is near the top of most buyers' list of priorities and is a room that buyers always scrutinize closely.
• 53. Avoid clutter! Clean counters of small appliances and store whenever possible to maximize the appearance of workspace.
• 54. Check the counter top around your sink, and remove any detergent or cleanser, etc., that may be cluttering the area.
55. Sinks, cabinets, appliances and counter tops should be clean and fresh.
• 56. All appliances should be absolutely clean, bright, and sparkling, and shiny!!
• 57. Clean off the top of the refrigerator! If you must use that space for storage, use baskets and bowls to camouflage the items kept there.
• 58. Set the scene with an open cookbook, a basket filled with fruit, a basket of silk flowers, or a ceramic mixing bowl and wire whisk.
• 59. Create the aromas associated with happy homes! Bake some cookies from premixed, refrigerated cookie dough, start baking a loaf of refrigerated bread dough, or pop a frozen apple pie in the oven.
• 60. In the heat of summer, place a bowl of lemons or limes on the counter to provide a fresh and pleasant aroma.
• 61. Clean and organize all storage space. If your cabinets, drawers, and closets are crowded and overflowing, buyers assume that your storage space is inadequate. Give away items you don't use, storing seldom-used items elsewhere, and reorganize the shelves. Neat, organized shelves and drawers look larger and more adequate for prospective buyer's needs.
• 62. Large, cheerful kitchen windows are an advantage and should be highlighted as a special feature of your home. Take a critical look at the window treatment ... is it clean, sharp and up-to-date? Do the curtains need washing or the blinds need cleaning? Would the window area look better without any window treatment?
• 63. Set the table for an informal meal with bright place mats and a generous bowl of fruit as a centerpiece.