Amplifying Your Compact Kitchen

When you prepare to put your home on the market to sell, it’s always a good idea to take a tour of it yourself and identify some pros as well as potential drawbacks to discuss with your real estate agent.

One possible deal breaker for buyers? Small kitchens. But that’s just because they don’t see the potential in yours!

If you’ve got a compact kitchen or breakfast nook that you need to amplify to help sell your house, the Michelle Clark Team has a few tips for you to put into play. That way, when your MLS listing goes live, you’ll have everything in place to promote your cozy culinary space.

Freshen up

It may seem counterintuitive to do this just as you’re about to move, but putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls of your small kitchen is one way you can help open up the space and show buyers what there is to love about it. Go with lighter colors that make it seem like there’s more room to work with, but nothing too intrusive like bright yellow. Doing this will also make it easier for interested buyers to better visualize their own style in the room, and therefore opens them to the possibility of taking it over as their own. This is a good time to assess any photos or paintings you have hanging up, too. Large prints and frames have a tendency of shrinking a room, so make sure that anything you do have on the walls is proportionate to the size of your kitchen.

Keep organized

Some people end up using their kitchen as a sort of secondary office. If this sounds like you, now’s the time to clear all that out and tidy up. Clutter tends to make a small room look even more compact, which is the exact opposite effect you want it to have when you’re trying to sell your house. If your paperwork or other items absolutely need to be stored in the kitchen, invest in a few shelves or move a cabinet into the room so your buyers can better navigate the room and see how the space can be utilized in multiple ways.

Sort out storage

Speaking of making the most of your space, let’s talk about the cabinet capacity in your kitchen. Do you often find yourself hunting for a place to put that pan you hardly use, or wondering where you left the nicer wine glasses? Take an afternoon and go through your glassware, dishes, cookware, and everything else to see what you might want to get rid of before you go to the trouble to pack and move it. Chances are that if you have a small kitchen, you don’t have much room for all of that, anyway. Why not make things easier on yourself, as well as give buyers a more orderly kitchen to look at when they come for a tour?

Ready to put the house on the market, compact kitchen and all? Contact the Michelle Clark Team for the best real estate agents in southeastern North Carolina!