Even if you are not leaving your appliances behind, they should be well cleaned, and shiny. This includes a thorough cleaning of your:
This is especially important for anything you’ll be leaving behind, such as a built-in dishwasher, but everything should be cleaned in order to give an overall impression of a sanitary, well maintained, friendly, and overall pleasant kitchen.
Dirty appliances will inevitably make prospective buyers feel that the rest of the house is dirty as well. Even if everything was immaculate except for the oven door, that one little patch of grunge will be enough to alter the feeling that a potential buyer has about your home.
The truth is that a fantastically large number of the 90 million kitchens in America are aged 50 years or more. This means that they’ll need to aim for that classic, but well maintained, and up-to-date appearance, instead of simply “old”.
The Kitchen Cupboards
As long as your cupboards are still in good condition, then you will want to avoid committing a large amount of money on cabinet refinishing. When it comes to cupboards there are some great little “facelift” efforts that you cane make that will give the appearance of cupboards that are much newer than they are.
These efforts are:
- Replacing rusty, chipped, or out-of-date hardware
Putting fresh, white shelf paper down
Wiping down cupboards to get rid of smudges, fingerprints, and other things that take away from shine.
Putting a fresh coat of paint on cupboards that simply will not be wiped clean.
It is these few cosmetic differences that will convince prospective buyers that you still have good kitchen cupboards that are clean and in satisfactory condition.