You want to sell your house faster than the average home seller. But maybe you’ve been told you need to makeover your kitchen first? The good news is, the biggest bang for your buck is free – it’s decluttering and cleanliness. Next, add a fresh coat of paint. Believe it or not, these three steps can give you a kitchen that looks like it’s gone through a major, expensive renovation.
Now, let’s break it down into the exact process. When it comes to our kitchens, we tend to store a lot of items we really don’t use very often. Goodness knows, I have my fair share of fun cooking gadgets and platters hogging up space in my cabinets. But when your house is on the market, buyers will look through your kitchen cabinets to check out the storage space. The message you want to send is that your kitchen offers tons of storage space and your home promotes a peaceful, serene and organized lifestyle.
Start with the clutter. Remove everything from your kitchen cabinets that you will not be using in the next three months. Put all these gadgets in boxes and get them out of your home. This advice goes for items in your pantry, in your drawers and on your countertops. Once your cabinets have more space in them, you can probably store any extra objects that you usually keep on your counter tops. The things you use every day, such as your coffee maker, your cooking knives, and your cooking utensils can stay on the counter. Just make sure these items are neatly contained. Then add something with visual appeal, such as flowers or a beautiful display of fresh fruit, to the mix and you’re good to go.
Once the clutter is removed, deep clean everything. Scrub inside the cabinets, drawers and pantries, as well as all of the appliances and everything in between.
When everything is clean, then paint. Paint the walls and ceiling with a satin finish paint. Paint the kitchen cabinets. Paint the Formica countertops. You can even paint the ugly old appliances to look like stainless steel. You’ll find everything you need at your local hardware store. Simply be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
These three easy steps can make your ugly, old kitchen look new again for well under $500 and help you sell your house faster!
Tracy Kay Griffin is a member of Express Homebuyers Design Team. She was the Series Designer for HGTV’s “Get It Sold,” a Guest Designer for HGTV’s ” My First Place” and the Lead Stager for Washington DC’s premier staging company, Red House Staging & Interiors.
If your home needs more than decluttering, cleaning and a fresh coat of paint to make it ready for sale on the retail market and you don’t have the time, energy or resources to do the work, call Express Homebuyers at (877) 804-5252 today. We’ll make you a fair cash offer on your home, as-is – no repairs necessary.