Wednesday, July 25, 2018

5 Things in Your Glencoe, Winnetka Kitchen That Will Deter Buyers

When you're selling your home on Chicago's North Shore, you will want to take every precaution to ensure you are hooking buyers, not deterring them from putting in an offer. There are dozens of factors that come into play to keep buyers interested in your home. Pricing the property well and getting familiar with home staging are all important, but there's one place you will want to focus your attention on a little more prior to listing— the kitchen.

Below are five things in your Glencoe, Winnetka, Highland Park, Deerfield, or Northbrook kitchen that could be putting buyers off:

Household pests
Especially if you live in an older home, you will likely have an encounter or two with household pests like ants or flies. However, this is the last thing buyers want to see when they tour your home! Make sure you're rid of these bugs (or worse, mice!) before buyers arrive at the front door and at the very least, remove all traps from view.

Kitchens are a major selling point for North Shore homes and you want to make sure yours looks as large and clean as possible. One way to do so? Remove all clutter from countertops. When you have small appliances, jars, plates, or knick knacks littering the counters, it can make the space feel smaller than it is.

Litter boxes
If you own a cat, make sure the litter box isn't housed in the kitchen. Of course you love your cat, but not all buyers are cat people. Leaving cat litter, litter boxes, or pet food bowls around can be a red flag to buyers and instantly turn them off.

Your trash 
We all have trash cans somewhere in our kitchen, but no one wants to focus on that when they're touring a North Shore home. If your trash can is out in the open, make sure the can is empty to avoid odors and ensure the space looks as clean as possible.

Just as I mentioned that buyers could be turned off by your trash and kitchen clutter, the same goes for dirty dishes. Before buyers arrive, take care to do the dishes in the sink and leave the sink as fresh looking as you can. Dirty dishes give off the impression that you haven't kept up the rest of the property— even if you have.

Curious if your home is ready to sell on the North Shore? Give me a call today for more information and helpful tips to prepare your property for buyers!

I look forward to hearing from you!

Janie Bress
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