While there wasn’t much good to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, homeowners selling in the coming year will be pleased to know that home prices have skyrocketed due to the pandemic. In fact, according to HomeLight’s Top Agent Insights for New Year 2022, 94% of expert real estate agents dubbed the conditions a favorable seller’s market. If you want to sell profitably, you couldn’t ask for a better time.
Before putting any home on the market, however, any real estate agent would attest to the importance of updating your kitchen. Since buyers are on the look out for spacious kitchens, we’ve come up with 5 organization and storage ideas that’ll give the focal point of your home more space without intense renovations.
Start with the basics: clean and declutter
While simple, the importance of cleaning and decluttering prior to sale cannot be understated. During COVID-19, buyers are easily turned off by dirty households, while those buyers searching for spacious homes won’t be pleased by cluttered underground rooms.
Use disinfectants on all surfaces, including commonly touched surfaces like light switches, faucets, remotes, etc. When it comes to decluttering, first label your bins so you know what to keep, donate, or toss out. As a rule of thumb, anything that hasn’t been touched in the last year — unless it has sentimental value — should go.
Store small appliances out of the way
While your toasters, blenders, coffee makers and other small appliances might be used daily, they’re taking up valuable counter space. If you have the cabinet space, feel free to tuck these away — at least while your home sells.
If your cabinets are already filled to the brim, you can move these items to the pantry or another area of your home, like a garage storage space, or backyard design that you can get to and from easily enough.
Utilize the full height of the room
No matter whether your kitchen is small or big, extending your cabinet space to the ceiling will free up plenty of floor space that you’d otherwise need to utilize.
While adding cabinets to your home can be an expensive endeavor, the cost of adding storage space to your kitchen will almost certainly be recouped when it comes time to sell your home.
No storage space for pots? Try a hanging rack
Hanging racks aren’t only stylish, but they’re amazing storage spaces. With just a small hanging rack, you can save plenty of cabinet space for smaller kitchen gadgets or flatware.
Modern hanging racks can be found at most appliance stores. The cost is relatively inexpensive and any handy DIYer can undertake the installations themselves.
No matter how big or small your kitchen, a few simple purchases can easily free up plenty of space. First, try a Lazy Susan for your spices. You can tuck this away in a drawer, or even find a trendy one to decorate your counter.
Clear storage bins are also great ways to keep your pantry items clearly organized. If you still need more space, try a Baker’s Rack where you can store small appliances or even create a coffee corner. A magnetic knife rack will also free up plenty of drawer space and prevent you from cutting your fingers when searching for these sharp tools.
Remember, always contact a top-notch real estate agent for the best advice when you’re thinking of selling your home!