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Suit Yourself™ International Magazine #69 How To Sell A House 4: Kitchens

  

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Suit Yourself™ International Magazine #69

 

 

HOW TO SELL A HOUSE 4: KITCHENS

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 I hope this is enjoyable and useful to you!

Debra Spencer

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INTRODUCTION 

This issue continues the series of articles to help you sell your house for the best price in the least amount of time. 
Yes, I know, there are a lot of "sell your house" books and articles out there, but none quite like this. Really.

Many people feel overwhelmed when they first decide to sell a home.  In this issue, I introduce the basic selling concepts organized into a reasonable system,
so you can ready each part of your home without feeling overwhelmed by the task. 

Recall the the key points from the introduction to this series:
Minimize Clutter 
Clean
Repair
Neutralize
Dramatize
and then, Open House!

Thanks for reading and I hope this series is helpful to you!

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Remember: think like a buyer and have a critical eye.

Some parts of your home will be more challenging  than others; which parts are challenging will depend on the type of dwelling you have, and how you've used it.

Homes with unusual configurations, or in challenging locations, or selling out of season, or substantially remodelled, may need extra attention to detail to compete.

This is why I provide each part of your home with a specialized checklist for it,  in detail in each of the upcoming issues, and each checklist applies these same five important points to package each part of your house for sale. 

Even if you can't get to every detail, the checklists will help you to keep the basics in mind and to stay organized. When you're ready to begin work, print out and use each of the checklists, adding your own "To Do" lists to each one.  

If you can remember only one "take-away" rule from this entire series, it's REDUCE CLUTTER. One person's "Pride And Joy" is just clutter to someone else. There is no accounting for taste. Clutter blocks people from visualizing themselves living in your home. Think "hotel room" and "theatre", and pack and store away all non- essentials and anything personal. Your buyers are considering buying your home from the front row of an intimate theatre, not from the rear of the cinema or behind a Rock n'Roll concert crowd. Once your home is for sale, think of your home as a hotel where you're staying until the home sells; in your mind, you've already moved out. 

Remember, to compete successfully and sell, your house must stand out from the competition as memorable in some way other than price.

No matter how fine the neighborhood, that cannot offset a dilapidated ill-kept dwelling in poor repair. At the same time, your home has to encourage buyers to picture themselves living within it. Advertising and publicity can't do this for you; they just announce your house is for sale. 

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There are clear social benefits to having separate ways to stage formal and informal meals.

Regardless of relative status, everyone must eat, and people bond over food. One of my favorite local Islesboro island events is the firework department hosting the town's 4th Of July Barbecue. I think of it as a modern enactment of the ancient tribal gatherings that united people by sharing a ritual slaughter; it has the same unifying function. 

Regardless of whether one is seated at table above or below the salt, people will bond together when they eat together, and vice versa, because eating together strengthens bonds between people. This fact has been known and exploited since before the dawn of civilization and it's measurably obvious.  

In many homes, the cooking areas and eating areas were and are combined into one informal area where both tasks take place. For many homes, the kitchen is the social center of the home, and not the living room or den. Larger gatherings of a more formal nature have entirely different requirements; these are  ritualistic functions using formal social protocol, structure and etiquette, and for such an event, a formal dining room area was, and is, used. 

Informal occasions are usually intimate gatherings of under six.  However, large families of six or more often gather informally around large tables in open areas for a "sit down dinner". 

An informal dining area is usually smaller than its' formal counterpart, and usually located in a smaller area central to the house.  If not too small, an informal dining area can be transformed into a formal one by applying and using the appropriate formal signals and devices.  

True formal dining is a ritual, and it has a very different agenda on the table so to speak from informal dining. Usually the large size and isolation accompanying a formal dining area will set it apart from other rooms in a house, and make creating intimacy more challenging.  It can be done, however, by using the appropriate informal signals and devices.  

I am primarily mentioning western civilization's style of dining here, however similar dining etiquette exists around the world, as eating is a function basic to all carbon life forms. For more information, I recommend the books by Judith Martin, a.k.a. Miss Manners; she offers the best guidance I know of for dealing with the vagaries of various forms of dining, as well as the vagaries, in general, of life.

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Kitchens

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Minimize Clutter


Counters: clear extra appliances, accessories, etc.


Cupboards: remove and pack away extra dishes and food.


 

Memo areas: straighten and remove papers. 

Clean


Cupboards:  wipe inside, and polish cabinets.


Vents and exhaust hoods: clean and deodorize.


 

Appliances: clean thoroughly, inside and out.


Sinks: polish and clean, remove stains.


 

Floors and walls: scrub and wax floors.


Garbage, produce areas:

clean and deodorize.

 

Repair
 

Faucets: repair leaks.


Appliances: check bulbs, replace parts.


Wall and ceiling cracks: patch, and paint.

 

Neutralize


Walls: use neutral paint and wallpaper.

Dramatize


Clean or replace reflector plates.


Add a new simple throw rug.


Add green or flowering plants.


Consider using a lutrin (a small book or plate support) to leave an open cookbook set on a counter.


Brew coffee or make cookies for Open House Showtime! days.

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Thanks for reading!

Debra Spencer


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