Friday, 21 March 2014 21:20

5 Simple Improvements You Can Perform on Your Appliances to Help Sell Your Home in Springfield, IL

Performing home improvements before selling your home in Springfield, IL is usually recommended, but one area that is often overlooked is the appliances in your house. The appearance of your stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher can have quite an impact on potential buyers. If they look worn down and poorly maintained, a buyer may question the upkeep of the rest of the home. Before you open your house to home buyers, take a hard look at your appliances, if they're looking a bit shabby, try implementing these 5 simple but effective do-it-yourself improvements.

  1. When one or more of your appliances is missing knobs, no matter what their age is, they will appear insufficiently cared for. You may also want to consider changing any knobs that are extremely worn out, since purchasing and replacing them is rather inexpensive. To find the right knobs, you will need to locate the model number on your appliance. Once you've done that, you can search online for a vendor that sells the parts for your particular model.
  2. If the burner drip trays on you stove have seen better days, switch them out for new ones. This tiny improvement can work wonders for the appearance of your stove top. You should also wipe down the entire stove, removing any grease build-up or stains. Take extra care while cleaning the control panel, using an excessive amount of cleaner or water can wear down the decals which will make the stove seem older than it actually is.
  3. If you have a range hood that's dingy and doesn't match your appliances, you can use appliance paint or spray paint to enhance its overall look. Before applying the paint, be sure to degrease the hood, and depending on the type of filter your range hood has, you should also clean or replace it.
  4. When it comes to your refrigerator, check the appliance's door gasket, which is the rubber that keeps the fridge door sealed, if it's damaged replace it. On the other hand, if it's just dirty, give it a good wipe down. Not only will it look nicer, but it will also seal much better when potential buyers open and close the appliance. Changing out any cracked shelves or crisper doors providers your refrigerator with a clean and maintained appearance which sends the right message to buyers.
  5. A house that has an unpleasant smell is a huge turn off, and kitchens are a likely culprit for sour odors. Before showing your home give your garbage disposal and dishwasher a good cleaning. You can use lemon peels and ice to get your disposal smelling fresh, and to remove any unwanted smells from you dishwasher, run two wash cycles. During your first cycle, your dishwasher should be empty, except for a single bowl of white vinegar placed on the top rack. For the second cycle, simply sprinkle a cup of baking soda in the bottom of the appliance, once again your dishwasher should remain empty during this final cleaning.

Before opening up your house to home buyers, making small repairs on your appliances can go a long way. Leaving your stove, refrigerator and dishwasher in less than good condition can have quite the negative influence on how people view the rest of your home. Cleaning and fixing your appliances is an inexpensive and simple way of showing your home has been well maintained over the years. If you have further questions about selling or buying a home in Springfield, Illinois and its surrounding areas, please contact us, and we'll be happy to help.

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