Posted By Alan Donald @ May 13th 2009 3:30pm In: Sellers

Mother-in-lawYou can bet on it - the KITCHEN is one of the key areas of a home that most buyers will look at to short-list their preferred homes from a long list of available listings.

A smart seller will devote time, attention and money to make the kitchen sparkle! Although many buyers want an updated kitchen (solid surface countertops, modern cabinets, stainless steel appliances, etc.), your kitchen does not have to be state-of-the art to be appealing.

Think first impressions: What would you do to impress your future mother-in-law if she was coming to visit you for the first time?

The first step towards enhancing the appeal of your kitchen is giving it a thorough cleaning and tidying up. Make sure that walls, cabinets and drawers are very clean and tidy, the pantry is well organized, and the refrigerator cleaned thoroughly (no spilled sauces, moldy bread or wilted vegetables!). Clear the countertops as much as you can to increase their perceived surface size.

Small improvements may "do the trick" to improve the look and feel of your kitchen, and may not be too expensive: A new coat of paint, new grout for the tiles, new floor coverings or a couple of additional lights may make a big difference...sometimes just changing the knobs and handles can make your kitchen cabinets look more modern!

On the day of a showing, make sure that there are no dirty dishes in the sink, that clean towels are on the rack and that the garbage can is empty. A scented candle may also help the buyers feel great about making your home theirs!

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