We all use our refrigerators as gathering spots for pictures, our kid’s artwork, reminder notes, etc. but when you are selling your home, it’s time to find a nice drawer for all of those papers. Both in the pictures that will be taken of your kitchen and when potential buyers come looking, a cluttered refrigerator detracts from the quality of your kitchen.
For example, this:
You don’t want this. Photo courtesy of http://www.uglyhousephotos.com.
Step One: Take everything off of the fridge, even magnets. If you have notes from school or work or those little reminder cards for appointments you usually keep on the fridge, find a calendar you can write everything down in and put everything (neatly) in a drawer somewhere. The calendar can be hung up on the wall and then taken down and stored away when you have showings. Then wipe the outside of the refrigerator until it is fingerprint- and smudge-free.
Step Two: Clear the top of the refrigerator. The top of the fridge can be a gathering place for mail, papers, etc. and especially for dust. Wipe down any dust up there. With the top of the fridge you have two options, either leave clear or replace with some simple yet appealing décor – a few large candles, a simple basket or some kind of simple decoration.
Notice how the refrigerator is bare and the simple vase and plate on the top don’t create a cluttered look. Photo courtesy of http://www.waypointlivingspaces.com.
And yes, potential buyers who are looking through your house WILL look in your refrigerator. 99% of the time, the refrigerator will convey with the sale of the home so buyers want to know what the inside space of the fridge looks like. A fridge with food stains, old Tupperware, and any kind of odor will put off buyers. So onto the last step . . .
Step Three: Clean it out! Take out all of the food and containers, empty the whole refrigerator and freezer. Take out all shelves and drawers and clean them with hot, soapy water. Wipe down all the interior walls and the inside of the doors. Once it’s clean, you can start replacing the food inside but nix the Tupperware. Any Tupperware-stored food you won’t be eating in the immediate future should be tossed, and during the selling process of your home you should keep the Tupperware in the fridge to a minimum. This includes plastic-wrapped or foil-wrapped foods as well. It’s not visually appealing to buyers and the stored leftovers create an odor that you may not notice, but buyers will. To help combat this, use an open box of baking soda to deodorize and freshen the fridge and the freezer.
You don’t have to have a fancy refrigerator, or a stainless steel refrigerator to make your kitchen pop. This simple, white refrigerator looks sleek and fitting in this kitchen, cleared of all clutter with a clean top. Photo courtesy of http://www.hokela.com.
With a cleaned up and cleaned out refrigerator, your kitchen is going to sparkle. And trust me, buyers know when sellers have put that extra effort into making their home look nice. Those are the homes that are snatched up quickly.