In our previous blog we talked about the importance of putting your home’s best foot forward– yet a lot of home sellers are unaware that there are some major kitchen flubs that can gross out would-be buyers.
Below are just a few of the things you’ll want to avoid.
Dirty, cluttered kitchens are a big no-no
When it comes time to show your home, make sure the kitchen is clean. Don’t let dishes pile up in the sink and please, please be sure to wipe down cabinets and countertops. No one wants to walk into a kitchen to see milk-filled cereal bowls and half-eaten fruit sitting on the countertops. In addition to being unsightly, it can also lead house hunters to question whether the home has a bug problem.
Remove the trash
If you’re thinking about throwing a moving-out party, don’t schedule the going away bash the night before a showing. House hunters aren’t going to want to walk into a kitchen to see that half its surfaces are covered with spilled alcohol and/or empty beer bottles. Don’t throw a dinner party (or any other type of party) the night before a showing if you’re not going to have time to fully clean your house (and your kitchen) beforehand.
Anything and everything related to cats
Your family may love Mr. Snuggles to bits but not all house hunters are fond of cats. If you have a litter box in the kitchen, remove the litter box before each and every showing. Would-be homebuyers can get pretty grossed out if they see that a cat’s bathroom is in the same room where food is being prepared. You’ll also want to pick up the cat food and if possible, remove your cats from the home during the times it’s being viewed. This can help ensure your cats won’t be lounging on the kitchen counters while the relator is giving their clients a tour.
Get rid of the stockpile
If your kitchen is overflowing with clutter, ie: old magazines, stacks of dry food boxes and anything else you can think of that doesn’t belong there- get rid of it before the realtor starts to show your house. Most home buyers see the kitchen as being the epicenter of a house, so you’ll want to make sure yours is as presentable as possible before the showings begin.