5 Tips to have your Kitchen Sparkling!

We know that kitchens are important items for home buyers.  As a seller, you want to make sure that your kitchen really sparkles when potential buyers tour your home.  Not sure where to start?  Here's my 5 tips to make your kitchen stand out to potential buyers:

Tip #1:  De-clutter:  Take as much as you can off your countertops.  I know that you love all of your items and really do like having the coffee pot, toaster, and canisters sitting out and about because you use them, but having cleared off counters makes your kitchen look cleaners and bigger. 

Tip #2: Clean Appliances:  Make your stove, Oven, and other appliances sparkle by ensuring they are clean.  Wipe down even the inside of the refrigerator....buyer will peek inside.  Don't forget to clean the front and inside of the microwave as well.  Your appliances, even if older models, look much better to potential buyers if they are clean.

Tip #3:  Give the Kitchen a nice wipe down:  Regardless of the color of your cabinets and countertops, a good wipe down to remove dust, grease, and dirt goes a long way.  Don't forget the baseboards and toe-kicks as well.  Play close attention to the area around the stove where splatters can happen easily and are often overlooked.

Tip # 4:  Sink & Faucet:  Give your sink and faucet a nice scrub.  You know not to leave dirty dishes in the sink.  Giving the sink and faucet a good scrub makes them sparkle and potential buyers love to see "clean".

Tip #5: Breakfast Bar:  If you have an island or breakfast bar in your kitchen, its ok to do a little staging in that area.  Add some flowers in a vase and a few place settings of your favorite dishes to showcase the bar and how nice it is to have a great place to enjoy a good morning coffee. 

With a little work, your kitchen will present well to potential buyers.  And, presentation is key to a successful sale.