I hope your day is full of laughter, joy and love.
Thank you for all of your continued support, business and referrals.
Adam Killgore ABR, SRES, SFR, e-Pro Realtor
Valentines Guide for a perfect Nashville Valentine’s DAY!
With Valentine’s Day just ahead I wanted to send you a friendly reminder from your favorite Nashville Realtor. Whether it’s a mother, father, wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend, or simply a very dear friend, this is a great opportunity to make those special people in your life FEEL SPECIAL. I encourage you to think outside of the box this year and try to make someone extra smile this year around Valentine’s Day.
Remember, Valentine’s Day isn’t about how much you can spend. There are better ways to express your love and affection. When it comes to Valentine’s Day, PRESENTATION is way more important than COST. Try hand-written notes, surprise emails, a telephone call in the middle of the day, a shoulder massage, a foot rub…simple things can work magic when you present them with flair! Nicole and I aren’t big on gifts bought with money but gifts that are sincere and meaningful. We will skip the crowds in Nashville and Murfreesboro TN Valentine’s night and instead cook for each other at home and enjoy our precious son. If cooking isn’t your thing maybe consider a surprise lunch for your significant other and pull them away from the office for a minute. Whatever you do try to do it with love and that will be a sweet treat for your Valentine!
If you’re like me, Valentine’s Day is great excuse to make something sweet! I’m passing along a recipe that is virtually foolproof. Even if you have never baked anything before, you can wow your sweetheart with this special dessert.
Enjoy the day!
Pass The Love, Joy and Happiness,
Adam Killgore ABR, SRES, SFR, e-Pro, Realtor
The Doug Austin Team
Cherry Chocolate Sweetheart
1 package refrigerated sugar cookie dough (18 oz)
1 package cream cheese (8 oz), softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 can cherry pie filling (21 oz)
1 package milk chocolate chips (12 oz)
Preheat the oven to 350°. Roll out the cookie dough and shape it into a heart shape. Place it on a cookie sheet and bake for ten minutes or until the edges are slightly brown. Let cool about 30 minutes. Beat the powdered sugar into the cream cheese and spread the mixture on top of the baked heart. Carefully spread the cherry pie filling over the cream cheese mixture. Place the chocolate chips in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave one minute on high. Stir. Microwave 30 more seconds. Stir. Continue to microwave at 30-second intervals until the chocolate is creamy enough to drizzle from the spoon. Drizzle the chocolate all over the cherries. (Make sure NOT to drip any water in the chips while you are melting them-and don’t use a damp spoon. You will end up with hard clumps.)
Valentine’s Day Crafts For Kids
This blog is coming to you from Nicole Killgore, Adam’s wife. As many of you know I am a pinterest, crafty, cricut, arts junkie! We recently had Liam’s 3rd birthday party and I enjoyed making everything from homemade Legos gummies to homemade soaps and the cutest gift bags!! Valentine’s Day is all about love-and not just between couples! Kids love to get in on the action and creating fun Valentine’s crafts to share is a great way to let them have a good time and make something they can give to friends and family to show their love on this special day. Here are a few easy and fun Valentine’s Day crafts for little ones.
Tissue Paper Flowers
Flowers may be overpriced on Valentine’s Day, but these easy to make tissue paper ones won’t be-and they will never die, either! Take green pipe cleaners and some sheets of tissue paper in different colors. Cut the tissue paper into squares. Layer the different colored pieces of tissue paper so that the corners all point in different directions. Then insert a green pipe cleaner through the center and carefully scrunch the paper up to make a flower. Bend the top of the pipe cleaner in the center of the flower to hold it in place. You can make a whole bouquet, or hand them out one at a time as special Valentine’s gifts! These would make great teacher, daycare, or friend gifts! I love tissue paper and always make some type of flower or décor with it for my parties. Check your local Michaels for clearance tissue paper too. My Murfreesboro TN store always has a great clearance section in the back of the store.
Your kids need a place to keep all those Valentines from friends and family, and a unique Valentine mailbox is the perfect choice. Start with a shoebox-the smaller ones that kids’ shoes come in are a great size. So, be sure to put them aside the next time you buy shoes! Pick up a couple of rolls of wrapping paper in Valentine’s Day themed colors like pink and red, or anything featuring hearts or flowers. Cover the exterior of the box in wrapping paper, and cut a small hole for cards to slip through. Then let your kids decorate any way they want-with stickers, glitter, markers, or crayons! Finish it off by adding their name so their Valentines will be delivered to the right place. So Fun, and definitely a fun way to collect all of those love notes!
Create a tasty bouquet that are as pretty to look at as flowers but tastes a lot better! Turn a Styrofoam cup upside down, and let your kids decorate it with Valentine’s colors, heart stickers, and anything else you can think of. Then help them to carefully insert the sticks of a variety of colored lollipops into the base of the cup, creating a beautiful bouquet.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to spend the day with the little ones you love most, creating these easy and fun crafts. The memory of the time spent together will mean as much as the beautiful Valentine crafts you create.
Please let me know which of these Valentine crafts your family does, and how it turned out!
Happy Love Day,
Selling your home in Nashville TN is my 1st priority! The Real estate market in Middle TN is booming, and we always want to make sure the first impression of your home is a wonderful one. Check out a few simple but effective tips that can greatly increase the chances of acquiring a fantastic sale. These quick ideas can be easily implemented and will make your home feel especially desirable to potential buyers.
FIVE QUICK TIPS TO IMPROVE THE DESIRABILITY OF YOUR NASHVILLE HOME
TOUCH IT UP: A finished, flawless paint job can enormously increase the value and attractiveness of your home! Spend some time checking the exterior and interior surfaces, as well as, fences, banisters, etc., and touch up any chipped or peeling paint. The outside of your home will make an impact on the buyer before they walk in.
BAKE, BAKE, BAKE: Research has shown that potential buyers are greatly influenced not only by the appearance of a house, but by its scent as well! Baking cookies or pastry before an open house or showing will fill your home with a warm, welcoming and comforting aroma that is irresistible to buyers! Baked Goods is a more welcoming scent than candles, plug-ins, and home sprays.
TOUCH OF COLOR: In addition to providing a delightful and aromatic scent, fresh flowers brighten up your home and appeal to the buyer’s sense of aesthetics. Add a few arrangements in different rooms to add some color and cheer! Flowers have been proven to lift moods and spirits and that is always good. Home plants can also be used as a great filler if you have de-cluttered, but need something for height, try a tall low maintenance plant, (added bonus they purify the air and absorb odors).
MIRROR IMAGE: Mirrors have long been used to give the impression of extra spaciousness in a home. Adding a few mirrors to different areas of the house, including hallways and bonus rooms, will make the house appear roomy and bright. Mirrors are especially helpful in smaller rooms and entry ways.
LANDSCAPE LUXURY: Paying special attention to your landscaping is absolutely crucial during the selling process. Keep your lawn freshly mowed, flower beds free of weeds, and add some additional outdoor lighting to brighten up the pathways. Make sure all of your light bulbs are working, consider changing out dated light fixtures and a new outdoor mat at the front door is a nice touch.
Before we list your home I will come over and give you an understanding on what to update, change or fix to make sure you get top dollar for your home and don’t spend money on things that won’t matter. My team and I are always here to advise you and make sure you’re taken care of!!
Thanks again for your business,
Adam Killgore Realtor
SRES, ABR, SFR, e-Pro
The Doug Austin Team
Benchmark Realty, LLC
Garage Sale Tips And Tricks to make your Middle TN yard sale the most beneficial for you!!
We recently had a Garage sale at our Murfreesboro TN home and learned a few tips to keep it easy, fast and simple.
A garage sale is a great way to make a few dollars and get rid of a lot of clutter in your home before you list your Nashville TN home. It can also be a lot of work. But with a few simple tips, you can create a garage sale that runs smoothly and makes you more money. The less clutter in your home, the easier the buyer can see the beauty and features in your home. So Purge and make some $$$$!!!
Getting Ready for the Big Sale
Get all of your things for the garage sale ready to go before the sale begins. Start by organizing everything into categories. Put kitchen items in one section, toys in another, books in another, and clothing in yet another. This will make it easier for people to find your items. Pick up some plastic baskets from your local Nashville TN dollar store to fill with small items, and label each basket with a per-item price. If you have items that don’t fit into a category then grab some bright-colored painters tape and use a sharpie for easy price recognition. This saves a lot of time wasted labeling each and every small item with the same price.
Remember, on average you will get between 25-35% of what the value of the item was brand new. Price fairly and expect for haggling.
Wash clothing before you put it up for sale. A clean, nice-smelling piece of clothing is more likely to go for the asking price than a wrinkly one that doesn’t look fresh. If you can, mend any small issues like loose buttons. We hung up the majority of our clothing at the last garage sale, it makes the items easier to see, quicker to sort and no one enjoys going through bins of clothing. Have gender, sizes and types separated. Some of your customers are looking for baby clothes, toddler, maternity, etc. If you are selling curtains, sheets, tapestries, etc., go ahead and hang them as well. If you have a garage door you can hang items on it, or a ladder works well for smaller items. Bulk pricing is a great incentive for the customer to buy all of the items, which is less you have to worry about selling or giving away later. Give toys a wipe down as well so they look newer and cleaner. Dust pictures, wipe mirrors, lay out rugs. Think of your sale as a store display! If the items are appealing they will go faster.
Start Early like Crack of Dawn!
I have noticed in Middle Tennessee that garage sale lovers often start out early in the morning, so get up early and get started. Have coffee, lemonade, or baked goods. This is a great way to get your kids involved and help. They can sell beverages or baked goods for $1 or by donation. You may miss a lot of the bargain hunters if you choose to sleep in, so set the alarm! Have everything ready the night before. Set up on tables you can simply push out. Casters are a great way to make this easier. Price things a little higher than you would like to get for them, since all garage sale visitors love to negotiate a better price, this way you can drop prices without losing much, but still fair for you and the buyer.
Advertise Your Sale
Advertise your garage sale, not just with signs around the neighborhood, but on the local craigslist page and the local buy sell trade Facebook pages in your Nashville neighborhood where many people look for garage sales to visit each weekend. You can also list a few of the items you will have to get interest in your larger items. If your neighborhood is having a neighborhood yard sale, participate. People love to be able to hit multiple sales at one stop! If you can’t participate in your neighborhood one, see if another family wants to join in on your sale and you can list it as multiple family sale. Large sales with a lot to offer will draw in more people, resulting in more sales for you. You can finish off the evening with a barbeque and turn a successful garage sale into a successful weekend event.
Have fun with your Garage sale and use it as an opportunity to let your buyers know that your home will be coming soon to the Nashville Real Estate Market. I would be happy to go ahead and put a coming soon real estate sign, as well as, flyers, marketing materials, and business cards. Let’s get early interest in your home so we will get top market value for your home! This is one of the many features I offer as your Nashville, Middle TN Real Estate agent. I will always have your best interest in mind, making the process simple, and using creative ways to find the best buyer for your home.
Let me know if I can help advertise your next garage sell. Lets get your house clutter free and ready to SELL!!!
The Doug Austin Team
Benchmark Realty, LLC
Choose the Best Lighting for your Tennessee Home
We recently moved to Murfreesboro, TN and our home is very bright, that was one of the selling points when we were looking for a home. We previously had a home with sky lights and knew we wanted a bright inviting home. I feel like in these cold winter months lighting can affect our moods in positive or negative influences. Nashville and Middle Tennessee have fairly mild winters but some weeks it seems like the sun has left the building!! Let’s talk about some good lighting guides for your TN home.
Whether it is a romantic dining room or a home office, finding the right lighting for each space in your home is essential to making it functional and inviting. So what should you consider when choosing lamps or lighting fixtures to ensure they will provide the right kind of light for your space, while still fitting in with the décor of the room?
Function Before Fashion
Naturally, you want your lighting choices to match and complement the décor of your home. If they aren’t the right functional choice for the space they will call home, your initial infatuation with them will likely fade. For work spaces such as kitchens or offices, be sure your lighting will provide ample brightness while being easy on the eyes. For rooms such as the living room or dining room, you’ll want to consider lighting sources that are adjustable to allow for relaxation and a romantic atmosphere, as well as the ability to work and play with enough light to see. It is also important to consider the financial and environmental impact of the lighting you use. Using energy efficient bulbs and dimmers can reduce your carbon footprint and your electricity bill.
If you have a small traditional dining room, choosing that large ballroom-sized chandelier you fell in love with may not be the best idea. Also, going with recessed lighting for a large foyer, while functional, can make the space feel cold and uninspired. Making sure that the fixtures or lamps you choose are proportional to the space they will call home will make the room look well designed.
Using Light as Decoration
While choosing lighting for a room requires balancing form and function, lighting can also be a great way to highlight existing features in a room. Whether it is a great painting over the mantle, a few antiques in the hall, or a unique feature in your space, using lighting to highlight them can add a finished and dramatic look to any room.
Lighting can really make all the difference in any room, and can make all the hard work you have put into choosing the other décor elements of your home worth the effort, looking finished and spectacular! Think outside of the box and use lighting to define your home.
Here are a few ideas that will brighten and spruce up your area
A small lamp in a hall bathroom is a great addition not only to the bathroom but the soft light it will produce in the hallway.
Under cabinet lights are HUGE!! I’ve seen them sell home, literally, people fall in love with lights that show off beautiful granite and backsplashes.
Outdoor Lamps on a covered porch, sunroom or protected deck are very functional as well as string lights on a patio, deck or outdoor space are like an instant inviting party that is an extension of your home.
Nashville has 70 degree days in pretty much every month so extend your home onto that porch, balcony, and patio and enjoy your backyard oasis.
Flameless candles and or tea lights are very warm and inviting. We have multiple of these in high spaces in our home and they are on a timer. The area above your cabinets is a great place to add a little décor and ambience with flameless candles.
Find décor pieces that produce light but are not necessarily a lamp for instance a scentsy scent warmer or I have a globe that lights up in my office that gives just the perfect amount of light into the hallway in the evening.
Have fun with your Lighting, picking the right type will brighten any room.
Clean Your Home In 15 Minutes A Day
Housework has a way of getting overwhelming quickly. You put a few things off and before you know it you’re facing hours of cleaning just to get it back to normal. But if you plan carefully and stick to a plan, you can get all of your basic housework done in only about 15 minutes a day, and keep it clean and company-ready all the time.
Start With A Baseline
You’ll have to do that deep cleaning before you start, because otherwise you’ll always be playing catch up. Set a day aside and clean your Nashville house from top to bottom. The weather in Nashville TN is so unpredictable, but 7 out of 12 months usually have a day or 2 that your able to open windows and air out your home! If you stick to the simple 15-minute-a-day plan from here on out, you’ll be able to keep up and not have to do as much deep cleaning through out.
Your Daily Fifteen
Make a list of the main cleaning jobs in your home.
These will usually include vacuuming/floor sweeping, cleaning bathrooms, dusting, washing floors and counters, and laundry. The things on your list may differ depending on the size of your home and how many people live there, as well as the type of flooring you have.
Select one or two things to do each day. Make the most of your time by some of our secrets so you are combining chores and minimal effort.
How It Looks
Something my wife and I have put into play since we moved to Murfreesboro TN is having a schedule, yes it is flexible and doesn’t always stay the same, but, it helps us stay on track!
For example we have a few small things daily so it doesn’t get as overwhelming.
Monday: Kitchen Clean Up
The weekends we tend to cook a lot, so our kitchen needs a little attention for the week.
Wipe countertops, sweep, and vacuum, shake out rugs, and take a quick inventory on food. How many leftovers are we storing, what can be thrown away, and what do we need for our week.
Tuesday: Bathroom Fun
A friend gave my wife great advice on bathrooms and that is keep your cleaning supplies in the bathroom Thank you Megan Overby!! If you have some spray cleaner, bleach wipes and paper towels, then you only need 5 minutes or so to wipe down counters, Windex mirrors and take out the trash. If you put toilet cleaner in the toilet before you start then after you’ve wiped counters its ready to be cleaned.
Wednesday: Dust/Vacuum Day
I love dust wipes. They are so easy and quick to use. Keep a few in each room and, once again, you have your supplies, so as you walk past the shelves in the living room you can do a quick fly-by with your dust wipes and, before you know it, everything is dust free. After you have dusted, do an overall vacuum of the house. If your home is 2 levels it’s really helpful to have 2 vacuums, or at least a dust buster on each floor. Split up the levels, so vacuum Lower level Wednesday and Thursday do the upstairs while your waiting on laundry.
Thursday: Sheet/Towel/Blanket Wash Day
Yes, these things take longer than 15 minutes overall, but not your actual time, just waiting to switch out loads and nothing is better than clean sheets, in my opinion, but if you wait till the weekend when the majority of laundry gets done, it takes up valuable washing time So, we like to knock these out on Thursday. Same thing with Blankets (we keep our furniture protected with blankets from our dog and toddler) and Towels. If you are like us and sometimes leave your sheets, towels, etc. in the wash too long, check out our post on how to get rid of that mildew smell. It is life changing and will be posted later this week. It’s a towel saver!
Friday: Anything Extra Day
Some weeks the bathrooms get forgotten about or the sheets don’t make it to the wash, so Friday is our make up day.
Weekends: Catch All
I hope everyone gets to spend their weekends with family and friends but if you’re like us we usually have a project or busy schedule. Use the weekends to finish up on anything extra and try to get some R&R or enjoy our beautiful city of Nashville TN!
Housework doesn’t have to be exhausting and eat up all of your valuable time. If you can just do a little each day, it is so much easier and you will always be ready when that neighbor, mother-in-law, or friend surprises you with a visit.
Hope this guide can help you and please send us any great cleaning tips and secrets your family uses!
The Doug Austin Team
Benchmark Realty, LLC
Getting Your Middle Tennessee yard and Garden Ready For Winter
The weather in Nashville and Middle TN has been very random this year. Who would have thought we would be having temperatures in the high 80s in January!!??? We know that this warm weather will be coming to an end and before we know it, it will be winter in Middle TN again! Being a homeowner is so rewarding in so many ways and one of my family’s favorite thing is enjoying our outdoor living space. When looking for a home the right outdoor space can really be an extension of your living space and when the weather is mild it can be a luxury. The beauty and relaxation that your outdoor space can provide you and your family is certainly worth all the work you put in each year. Putting in a little extra work at the end of the season, however, can make getting your garden ready next spring easier and can help keep your plants healthy through the winter months. Here are a few great tips that will get your garden ready to handle the cold and snow if we get any snow in Nashville this season!
Clean Up: Though not a favorite task of any gardener, it is a very necessary step to getting your garden ready for winter. Remove your annuals, empty and store any pots and containers, and give your garden one last mow. Also, raking up all those leaves is one chore all homeowners are familiar with each autumn, but they do make great mulch for your perennials and vegetable garden, and are also a great addition to your compost.
Plant Or Relocate Trees And Shrubs: The fall is the best time to get new trees into the ground, or move those you have earmarked to be relocated. The best strategy is to choose trees that are hardy for your zone, as it makes their survival more likely and maintenance easier. Also, choosing evergreens and shrubs that produce berries in the winter months can make your garden more interesting and provide activity for birds and other wildlife. If you have potted plants that can be moved into more of an interior space for example sunroom or garage then you may be able to find a bright spot and keep them alive for next spring.
Protect Your Trees: For new or young trees this is an important step you’ll not want to forget in winterizing your garden. Covering trees and shrubs with burlap is most important in areas that have exposure to northwest winds and high sun. Be sure, however, not to do this too early in the season, in order to prevent rot. It is also a good idea to give your evergreens plenty of water to prevent burnout.
Test Soil And Mulch: Our Nashville news team usually gives us ample notice of the first freeze so you will have notice to cover and protect anything that is still outside. After the ground freezes be sure to add mulch to your perennial garden. This will protect both your soil and plants through the long winter months, as well as provide much-needed nutrients for spring. This is also a good time to test the pH of your soil to see if it is lacking any essential minerals for the next growing season.
Plant Spring Bulbs: This is also the time of year to get your spring bulbs into the ground. Be sure that you do this before the first frost, and give them plenty of water when planting them. You will enjoy the gratification of this in the spring.
Unlike all the work you put into your garden in spring, winter clean-up can seem like a difficult and unrewarding task, but with this effort you will keep your garden in tip-top shape for the growing season ahead! The warm lighter climate in Tennessee has kept real estate busier later than usual so if you are considering selling this year, we still have time to get your house on the market and sold!
As always, thank you for your business,
Adam Killgore Realtor
SRES, ABR, SFR, e-Pro
Benchmark Realty, LLC
Happy New Year!!!
As we all get back into the groove from the holidays, kids staying home and spending time family and friends, I wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year of 2017! We all make resolutions to get more healthy, work out more, lose weight, save money and start fresh.
And there’s nothing wrong with these old resolutions. Many of us could stand to exercise more often or get rid of some bad habits. But there’s more to life than a drive for physical improvement.
That’s why I’ve recently begun putting a new twist on my resolutions. I’ve found carrying out these new resolutions so much more fulfilling that I thought it might be worth sharing some of them with others. Here are a few of my personal favorites:
Spend more quality time with your family.
Make sure your loved ones know how much you love them.
Make an effort to appreciate everyone for who they are.
Be slower to anger, and more thoughtful in your responses.
Whenever you see the opportunity, do something to make the world a little better and more joyful than it was a moment before.
I want to focus on my loyal clients and make sure I am giving as much to you as you give to me. I am continually blessed by the referrals from so many of you and I want to support you in your business too. Reach out let me know if you start a new venture or if you know of a great mechanic, plumber, hair stylist, a new chef or restaurant. I would love to share local hardworking people with my client base and hopefully bring you or a loved one new business!
We will be showcasing our talented clients so feel free to email me with what I can share about your business.
May this year be the best yet for you and your family! I look forward to working with all of you very soon!
Text, Call, or email me anytime with any of your real estate questions or needs.
The Doug Austin Team
We’ve all heard it a million times….Kitchens Sell Homes!!! So today I’m going to give you some insight on what really needs to be done to your kitchen before I list your home! In today’s Nashville Real Estate market, homes are selling quickly, but, you still only have one chance to make a 1st impression on your home buyer. In our home, our kitchen is the soul, meaning we cook everyday, run our dishwasher everyday, use a ton of plates, cups, utensils, and appliances. BUT, you don’t want your home buyer to see all of that! As Always CLEAN AND DE-CLUTTER!!
Empty out your drawers and remove all the grime and crumbs that happen from life. I like to empty out the drawers and use a vacuum to get all the small stuff and then wipe down. Some clean kitchen liners and organizational pieces add a nice touch. Those few items that only get used 2 times a year, either go ahead and pack up, or toss. Less is more. You never want your buyer to think you don’t have enough storage/drawer space. If you really want to spruce up the drawers, add some nice hardware to them, this is an easy affordable DIY that adds a lot of value. Remember you don’t want anything too unique or different, just something that matches the rest of your decor.
Cabinets are very similar to drawers with the idea of de-cluttering, cleaning, lining, and sprucing up with hardware. Those plastic kids cups you’ve been collecting can go, and the holiday dishes can go ahead and be packed. Have all of your dishware, mugs, bowls, etc. in their own spot, nicely lined and organized. Remember, the more you can get rid of now, the less you have to pack and move and the nicer they will appear. That area above the cabinets to the ceiling is not supposed to be storage. It shouldn’t have more than a couple of decorative items, and don’t forget to dust and clean that area too.
OVEN and STOVE
Get a good pair of rubber gloves and a cleaning product and clean out the oven. I’ve found some elbow grease does wonders on our stove to remove all the extra “stuff”. After you get it ready to shine, pick up an oven liner. I found ours @ our local Bed Bath and Beyond. They fit in the bottom of your oven and catch-all of the drippings. These also make it so much easier to clean the next time because you can just toss and replace the liner. If you have a flat glass top surface a razor blade will help to remove all the dried up oil, food, and grime. Then my favorite product for our stove is Soft Scrub. If you have stove with electric coil burners, replace the metal inserts. These are cheap and much easier than trying to get them clean.
Same concept with the CLEANING! Take everything out of your fridge wipe down all the drawers and shelving. Show the real potential your fridge and freezer have. Unfortunately, the kids art, magnets, schedules, and pictures need to be removed also. The top of your fridge should not be a storage area for food or anything else. Remove everything from the top and clean and wipe down.
The end goal with your counters is extremely minimal. If you have granite, then you want to show it off, not the toaster oven. Even if you don’t love your countertops you still want your home buyer to see their full potential so go ahead and remove as much off of them as you can. Try to aim for 1 small appliance on the counter, of course, this is relative to the size of your kitchen, but most of the time it’s a good goal. This could be your coffee pot, Keurig, or microwave, but not all of them. A couple of accessories, new kitchen towels, a pretty soap dispenser, small plant, or a cookbook is a creative way of showing off your kitchen and still showing how wonderful your countertops are!
If you haven’t changed out your kitchen faucet, it is a great and easy DIY project that will upgrade and add value. Running a cleaning solution through your garbage disposal removes any unwanted odors. My favorite is a little baking soda and a couple of slices of lemon. Make sure your sink is empty and clean and wipe down the inside of the sink basin before it shows.
Wipe down the exterior and around the buttons to remove grime and dirt. Unload your dishwasher so it is empty and clean. You want to show the space, not last nights spaghetti.
Scrub those babies clean! Take a weekend to pull out the larger appliances and vacuum underneath. If you have tile, clean your grout with a vinegar solution or use a “re-painting Grout” product. Replace your kitchen rug and keep it stowed away and clean so you can put it out when your home is going to be shown.
If you really need to add value and up grade consider:
Re-facing or replacing Cabinet doors
Adding a Backsplash
Re-facing or replacing Countertops
Make this as easy as you can on yourself. Get your kitchen nice and clean and then keep a large tote on hand. When its time for your home to show, collect things that shouldn’t be out, put out your fresh rug and new towels. Empty your trash and wipe down countertops.
YOUR KITCHEN WILL SPARKLE!!
If you are thinking about selling your home, let me come over and I will help you get READY.
As Always, thank you for your continued support, referrals, and taking time to read my Blog!
The Doug Austin Team