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SOURCE:  Excerpted from an article by realtytimes.com staff writers.

“When it comes to selling a home, a kitchen clean-up pays.  You don’t have to do an expensive remodel to make your kitchen appealing to buyers – if you’re starting with a good kitchen space, then making a few inexpensive modifications can help you get your  home noticed and sell for more.

Here are a few things to start with.  Some people like to leave every single appliance that they’ve used in the last week out on the counter, but to show good counter space, you’re going to have to clear them off.   One  of the major mistakes sellers make is leaving the kitchen, or their home, in  everyday condition as they live in it.  Yes, it may be an inconvenience, but it’s worth the work to de-clutter and clean up to make your kitchen pleasing to prospective buyers.

Look around your kitchen and see what you can put away.  The more empty the countertops, the better.  A few subtle decorations that bring your kitchen to life are perfect.  Leave open space for buyers to imagine their own belongings in your kitchen.  If you have low-hanging pots and pans on racks from walls or ceilings, remove them and patch the holes to create a cleaner, more spacious look.

Wipe the counter tops thoroughly.  Seem obvious?  Yes.  But stained counters are a real turn-off, and clean counters indicate a kitchen well-cared-for.  If you don’t have an island but you do have the room, a rolling butcher block island works like a charm for adding convenient working space and a sophisticated look.  You might also have some freshly-baked cookies out on the counter or island alongside your flyers for open houses, or when you leave for a scheduled showing.  (Personal hint!  Have a bread machine you never use?  Bring it out and use it.  Experience has taught that the smell of fresh-baked bread in the house will help to sell it.)

Get some light in the kitchen.  If you have recessed lighting, try adding a few pendant lights.  They add a completely different, updated look.  Change flooring if it’s old, torn, discolored, scuffed – or really outdated.  Install some inexpensive new flooring that gives an updated look (hardwood look-alikes are very popular now).

Add some plants and greenery to your kitchen.  Using fresh herbs in simple containers is a great way to add some pretty decor – plus their aromatic odors help potential buyers to think about meals they might cook in the future.

Clean up or replace worn-down appliances.  You can sell your  home with appliances “as is”, but a broken dishwasher, for example, is a point of price negotiation.  You can expect buyers will want some money off or for it to be replaced.

The kitchen in one of the most important areas of a home for most buyers, even if they don’t cook.  Taking the time and effort to enhance it before you list your home will help ensure your home sells for the best price you can get.

SOURCE:  realtytimes.com staff writers       IMAGE:  ArtsyBee/Pixabay

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