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Staging Your Kitchen for Sale

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When it comes to selling your home, your kitchen can be a deal-breaker. At an open house, most potential buyers will spend considerable time in the kitchen to check out the finishes, appliances, fixtures and, more importantly, the amount of space and storage. Having an inconvenient and inadequate kitchen can be a curse to homeowners. Before you may have had long fought battles with your kitchen, but the buyer of your house doesn’t have to feel that way. Just think of your kitchen as product; what do most people like to see in a kitchen?

Even if your kitchen is out-dated, this doesn’t mean you have to burn a hole in your wallet to make it look appealing and attractive. Home staging is a vital part of home resale, and even though it’s good to do for every room in the home, the kitchen is especially important because of the amount of time most people spend in there. Refreshing, refining and staging one of the most important places in your home will have prospective buyers smiling, and not running for the door.

  

Tidying, not just the countertops -- but everything

Staging Your Kitchen For SaleIf you’re like most people, you at least do one thorough cleaning of your kitchen once a week. Well, imagine doing that, but with ten times more effort. You must scrub every countertop, clean every visible mess and remove all clutter. But, homebuyers are particularly picky and nosy people. They will open your fridge, open your cabinets, and yes, they will open your dishwasher. Be sure to have everything organized. For the dishwasher, make sure there are no dishes in there, especially dirty ones. Use vinegar to rub out any hard water scale and build up inside of the washer.

You’re going to have to depersonalize your kitchen a bit. Remove pictures and some items that you use everyday – which someone else may not – off the counter tops. As well, remove almost everything off your fridge. You want to optimize the space in your kitchen so the potential buyer can visualize their things in the space.

  

Refresh, refine, stage!

There are many different aspects of the kitchen, so take time to focus on each one at a time. You may have to pay a little to get some of the changes you need, but here are some tips for each section of the kitchen:

  • Countertops: If you’re moving, you probably don’t have the budget to purchase new granite or marble countertops. Instead, thoroughly clean your countertops, including you sink. If you feel you need to refurnish, then buy new faucets and maybe new – and usually inexpensive – laminate countertops. Tile, for countertops, is relatively cheap too. Though you’re optimizing for space, you may want to decorate; think as if you’re inviting your celebrity crush to your kitchen. Add some vignettes, nice look ornaments and maybe put out a pitcher of cold ice water and some nice looking glasses for refreshments.

  • Cabinets: Like replacing a countertop, it can extremely expensive to install new cabinets. To rejuvenate the look, use warm water and mild soap or wood cleaners, such as lemon oil based cleaners. You may also want to refinish them too. If you have some cash lying around you could also hire a company to reface your cabinets. While it is possible to reface them yourself, it is difficult and extremely time-consuming to do so. Clean and organize the inside of the cabinets too. Remember, people are nosy.

  • Paint: Repainting can be an option. Neutral colours work best, but try not to choose ones that are boring. Lighter, yet neutral yellows, reds, and oranges work well in the kitchen. This will brighten up the room and make it look larger. But keep in mind the colour of your cabinets and countertops – you want it to match.

  • Lighting: Lighting in a kitchen is particularly important because most people like to see where they’re cooking. Most kitchens do have a lot of natural lighting during the day, but during the evening lots of light is vital as well. Make sure you generate as much lighting as you can. You can also install lights underneath cabinets to highlight working areas.

To many, the kitchen can make or break a sale. Small, cluttered and narrow kitchens are somewhat tough to sell, but with some refreshing and de-cluttering, you could make your kitchen a shining part of your home – something that buyers love.

 

  

 

 

 

MAX ORTOLI, Sales Representative

Prior to joining Homelife/Romano Realty Ltd., Brokerage, Max was a telecom analyst from 1993-2007 with Fortune 500 Companies, Invesco and PWC.

In 2007 Max began his full time real estate career. His goal is to add value and an enriching experience for both himself and his clients when buying or selling Real Estate. Having bought and sold several investment properties, Max has first-hand knowledge on the dynamics of working with investment properties as well as the intricacies of renovating homes. Max looks to serve clients with unsurpassed professionalism; as a result he has received a Certificate of Achievement award annually for his accomplishments. These awards exemplify Max’s strong personal commitment to Knowledge, Respect and Results for his clients and his career.

 

 

NIKKI LOBELLO, Sales Representative

Nikki Lobello received a Double Honours Bachelor Degree in French and Italian Studies from York University in 1999.

Prior to joining Homelife/Romano Realty Ltd., Brokerage, Nikki worked in the structured environment of the financial industry for 8 years. Having worked in the customer service sector her poise and perseverance left a lasting impression on those who worked with her and supervised her.

Nikki’s professionalism, warmth and approachability have made her an award winning Real Estate Salesperson. Her motivation and determination to succeed in this field have garnered her and her client’s successful results. Continuously seeking to improve her knowledge and skills, Nikki has completed the HomeLife University Education and Marketing Course and the SRES Designation (Seniors Real Estate Specialist). Her ability to connect, understand and surpass her client’s needs and expectations is an invaluable asset for all her clients.

 

 

GIANCARLO RANDAZZO, Sales Representative

Having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with designations in Applied and Practical Ethics with an emphasis on business transactions in concert with a wealth of experience in customer and client-oriented services in the construction, hospitality, academic, and financial sectors, Giancarlo is committed and passionate about sustaining open and transparent relationships with an attention to detail in order to help others be more successful in navigating the real estate industry.

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