The kitchen is one of those make it or break points of any house.So naturally, the kitchen is a good place to start removing clutter and adding value to your home.
First things first, get everything off the counters and I mean everything, even the toaster. Put the toaster in a cabinet and take it out when you need it. You want toast or want to sell your house?Find a place where you can store essentials in your cabinets and drawers. Of course, if you’re like most people you may find that your cabinets and drawers are already too full. Clean them out. Have a garage sale.The Christmas trays, bunt cake pan, dishes, pots and pressure cookers that rarely get used? Box them up and put them in the storage building you should have already rented.
The refrigerator is often the family message area, magnet holder, and picture center.Not any more, seriously.Clean everything off of the fridge, put it all in a box, label the box, and take it to storage.This will really make a noticeable difference in the appearance of your kitchen and it will also help make your home more anonymous, which is a good thing.
Don’t be surprised; potential homebuyers 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 this reason, if you have a "junk drawer," and who doesn’t, get rid of the junk.
If you have a large amount of foodstuffs crammed into your shelves or pantry, begin using them – especially canned goods. Canned goods are heavy and you don’t want to be lugging them to a new house anyway – or paying a mover to move them. Let what you have on hand determine your menus and use up as much as you can.
Oh beneath the dreaded sink, this is a very critical area, too. Make sure this area is as empty as possible, removing all the extra cleaning supplies, etc. You should scrub the area down really well, and determine if there are any tell-tale signs of water leaks that may cause a homebuyer to hesitate in buying your home.