Clear counter tops. Only a small number of items. No knife blocks, baking supplies, mail, etc.
Tip: Remove Odors
Pets, kids, what you ate for dinner last night, a moist bathroom and many other conditions can make your home smell. You are probably immune to your home's aromas, so you'll need to have a friend or neighbor help you out with this one.
Leave out max of two small appliances (ex. coffee maker)
Tip: Go For Stainless Steel
Stainless-steel appliances are definitely in with buyers. Instead of buying a new dishwasher, here is a low-cost way to reface an old one: First, remove the front panels, and clean them. Next, apply a stainless-steel stick-on covering, and cut it to size. For just $20 your dishwasher will go from outdated to ultra-modern.
Invest in New Appliances
Studies show that new kitchen appliances bring high returns from sellers, so get rid of old appliances that make the rest of the kitchen look dated. Once you install the new equipment, it will scream "new kitchen," and you will see that spending a little money will make you even more.
Upgrade your Kitchen! A modern kitchen sells a home even faster.
Tip: Stain Dated Kitchen Cabinets
Dated kitchen cabinets can be a big turnoff to potential buyers. Instead of paying big bucks to replace them, just paint or stain them. First, apply the stain in even strokes, going with the grain of the wood. Add some stylish new hardware, and your kitchen will have the up-to-date look that buyers love, for less than $200.