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A Cheerful, Clean Kitchen Will Help Sell Your Home

by Laureen Ramsey 01/14/2019

Putting your house on the market is a lot like preparing to host a holiday party; you want to make the best possible impression on people without having to spend a small fortune in the process!

Assuming your home is not drastically outdated or in disrepair, there are a lot of simple things you can do to make it more appealing to visitors.

For a lot of reasons, the kitchen is one of the most important rooms of the house. The impression your kitchen makes on potential buyers can easily make or break your chances for a quick sale. Although everyone's looking for different features in a home, it will always be to your advantage to spend a little extra time sprucing up your kitchen.

While it may not be practical or affordable to give your kitchen a complete makeover, here are a few simple ideas for enhancing its overall appeal.

Lighting affects perception: As a home seller, one of your primary objectives is to create an environment that's comfortable, attractive, and relaxing. Lighting, both natural and artificial, can play a big role in how people perceive your home. If you're fortunate enough to have sunny weather on days when your house is being shown, it will be easier to present your kitchen and other rooms to their best advantage. By letting in a lot of natural sunlight, colors tend to be more vibrant and your home's mood will be a lot more positive. Turning on electrical lights can also help give your living space a more cheerful feeling.

Cleanliness is crucial: Although the "grunge factor" is something you want to avoid anywhere in your house, prospective buyers will pay special attention to the cleanliness of your kitchen and bathrooms. Thoroughly cleaning counter tops, floors, sinks, and appliances will go a long way toward making a positive impression. If you can use cleansers that have a mild, natural-smelling fragrance -- like citrus, for example -- then you won't risk turning people off with the overpowering smell of harsh chemicals or artificial scents.

Staging your kitchen: A few things you can do to make your kitchen look more inviting and memorable include adding touches like a vase of fresh flowers, a bowl of colorful fruit, and a green plant or two. Removing distracting clutter from counter tops, tables, and desks can also help give your kitchen a more organized, tidy, and spacious appearance.

If your refrigerator door is covered with outdated children's drawings, coupons, photographs, and other miscellaneous memorabilia, it might be worth your time to weed that out a little bit! Not only does it detract from the beauty of your kitchen, but it also makes it impossible to clean the door of your fridge. Another tip to keep in mind is that too many personal items on display make it more difficult for prospects to visualize living in your home -- which is the first step to winning them over as buyers.

About the Author

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Laureen Ramsey

With over two decades of active experience in the Brevard County real estate market, Laureen began her local career as a Construction Manager with Lennar Homes. She was quickly promoted to Director of Construction, where she built over 3,500 homes for the company. From 2005 through 2007 Laureen served as the Division President of the Space Coast Division of Lennar, where she was responsible for building, marketing, and selling in excess of 500 homes yearly. When the market turned and the local division was closed, Laureen served as Lennar's Director of Sales and Marketing for Brevard, Orange, Lake, Seminole and Osceola counties, supervising a team of over 30 new home consultants. In addition to her real estate expertise, Laureen has a degree in finance from the University of Central Florida, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Since moving into general real estate, Laureen has consistently been a top performer with Remax, recognized yearly as being a member of their 100% Club.

When selecting a Realtor you want the best representation possible. Put Laureen's wealth of experience, knowledge, and contacts to use on your behalf. Whether you’re selling to downsize, moving up, buying your very first home, or relocating to Brevard, call Laureen and she will help you find the home that best fits your lifestyle and budget.