Kitchens can tend to be the mostly costly part of a home to remodel. It’s not uncommon for a home owner to spend thousands of dollars to revamp the kitchen. Many homeowners and investors pour loads of dollars into kitchen transformations, making that space a gourmet showcase for the culinary arts. First and foremost, clean it; make it sparkle. Scrub the baseboards and vacuum the corners.
Polish chrome fixtures, dust ceiling fans and replace burned-out light bulbs, even over the stove. If you typically cook meals that leave a lingering odor, consider dining out or bringing home take-out while your home is on the market. You don’t want a buyer walking into the house, sniffing the air and exclaiming, “Yuck, smells like bacon.” Don’t ever leave dirty dishes in the sink nor in the dishwasher. Buyers open dishwashers. Don’t ask me why. Wipe down all the cabinets, inside and out. Polish the hardware — if it’s worn or dated, consider replacing knobs / handles.
Alphabetize your spices. Turn all coffee cup handles facing the same direction. Buyers will notice and think you are meticulous about the rest of the home, too. Consider replacing extremely dirty drip pans under the burners on the stove. Pull off the stove knobs and polish them. Remove all cleaning products and sponges from the sink counter. Get rid of magnets, photos or notes attached to the refrigerator. Leave nothing on the counters but a cookbook, fruit or decorative items. Yes, that means remove the coffee pot; I know, I’m sorry. Put it under the sink.