Some say that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and if you are looking to sell your home, it may be time to upgrade yours. The kitchen is one of the most important rooms a potential buyer looks at and can greatly affect the listing price and offer. With cooking shows and new trends, the kitchen is the new living room and should be one of the first areas you focus on before putting your house on the market.

Our team at I love OC Homes has created the below guide to get your kitchen in tip-top shape.

Wear & Tear

Since more time is being spent in the kitchen, it’s normal for it to experience some damage. The cabinets may have chipped paint, or you have a couple of loose hinges. These are easy fixes to go through and update. Grab a screwdriver and tighten everything up as potential buyers will open them during a walkthrough. If you really have the time and money, painting the cabinets with a fresh coat will make the kitchen look like new.


If you live in an older home, the chances are your kitchen is small with very little counter space. However, with all the new innovative kitchen appliances that people can’t live without, more space is necessary. Consider adding an Island. You can have one installed or even purchase a mobile one.


Nothing grabs a buyer’s attention like a new shiny appliance. If yours are outdated, this is another simple upgrade you should think about when going to sell your home. It may even increase the overall value.


Long gone are the days of the cookie, salt, and condiment jars all over the kitchen counter. We are living in a more modern day where the Marie Kondo method is a way of life. Aka - less is more. If it doesn’t have a purpose such as an espresso machine, or toaster, find a new home for it!

Take all of these recommendations into consideration and your kitchen will be wowing buyers in no time. If you or someone you know is looking to sell your home, give our team a call at (562) 881-8252. We also have de-cluttering services we offer every client free of charge.