Did you know that there is an actual holiday on November 15 called “Clean Out Your Fridge Day”? Crazy as that may seem, refrigerators are often taken for granted and may become holding tanks for bacteria. Face it, nobody wants to clean out their fridge. The outside of my refrigerator is a vertical shelf to hold my kids homework, important papers, and all the magnets that we have accumulated during our worldly travels. The inside, well, besides the half-used, some-expired condiments, I’m quite certain there are some foods that I no longer recognize hiding in the back. Sure, I wipe off the door handle a couple of times a week during flu season and clean up spills readily, but I really only clean it out when it starts to smell or if we are gone for an extended vacation. So, it came as a surprise to me to learn that many Woodbridge home buyers WILL look into the fridge and freezer. It only makes sense as these appliances are likely to convey and home buyers want to see what they are getting for their bucks. Use this list to get started on cleaning your refrigerator and freezer.
- Take everything out and throw away bottles and foods that are expired or near expiring.
- Toss out items that won’t make the move with you, things like unidentifiable frozen foods, freezer-burned items, and foods that you won’t get around to preparing before you leave.
- Clean the shelves and drawers with a mixture of 10% bleach and water.
- Dump out old ice.
- Vacuum out the condensor coils behind your fridge to remove dust.
- Clean underneath your fridge and wipe down door handles.
Cleaning out your fridge and freezer is easy enough, but staging your fridge is another matter. What? You’ve never heard of staging a fridge? That’s why you need the best real estate agent in Woodbridge -moi. When you’ve gone to a model home, have you ever peeked inside the refrigerators? They are usually neatly stocked with some colorful fruit, water and not much else. I’ve seen mothers and fathers alike gaze in wonder at the amount of space the model home refrigerators have and I know that staging works. I realize that you have to eat until the home is sold, so here are a couple of tips when staging your fridge.
- Remove the magnets and papers on the outside of the fridge door. They are distracting.
- Throw away any take-out containers. You are enticing people to buy your kitchen and they don’t want to see your leftovers.
- Stock your fridge with healthy, colorful fruit and vegetables. The colors contrast nicely with the white interior, and you may lose a couple of pounds in the process. Just be sure to leave lots of space.
- Add a couple of gourmet items and a bottle of nice wine in their original containers. This may attract foodies and also insinuates that you are accustomed to the best and that includes the price of the house.
I realize that you have a lot on your plate (pun intended) but by doing an hour of work to clean and organize your refrigerator, your home may just edge out another home in a tight inventory market. As always, I welcome your comments, pictures, and suggestions.