Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: A Clean Refrigerator Helps Sell the Home

A Clean Refrigerator Helps Sell the Home

Get Rid of the Refrigerator Magnets

RefrigeratorThe refrigerator should be clean on the outside and clean on the inside. Often the refrigerator may be covered in magnets or the kids or grandkids artwork. To present the home at its best, get rid of the clutter on the refrigerator. It's plain ugly and distracting.
Check all sides and the entire front. Clean out the stuff stored on top. Clean it good and get rid of the messy fingerprints, too. Buyers will open the refrigerator even if the refrigerator is not part of the sale. Make sure the inside is neat and clean too. 
Additionally, unclutter the counter-tops to make the kitchen look clean and fresh. Less is more and when it comes to stuff in the kitchen, the less you have, the less distractions the buyer will have. 
It might be uncomfortable for the seller for a short period of time, but it will pay off with a quicker sale and hopefully better price.
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Comment balloon 28 commentsDebbie Reynolds • September 17 2018 01:04AM


Good morning Debbie. This is sooooo true and I get it and believe it matters as well.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 1 year ago

Good morning, Debbie Reynolds that refrigerator is like a piece of furniture.... like a table with clutter on it.... declutter....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 1 year ago

If its harvest gold, get rid of it because the refrigerator cooling is on its last legs and if a stove many features are no longer working. Hassle after sale fighting over used appliance repairs.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 1 year ago

GOod Morning Debbie   Great post  one or two things on the frig can be ok  but when its covered ughhh 

Posted by Ralph Post, Melbourne Florida - Exp Realty LLC over 1 year ago

That is an interesting suggestion.  I don't think I have personally ever looked inside someone's fridge but I'd say some buyers definitely do.  Hope you have a great week.

Posted by Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team ( Elite Realty Group) over 1 year ago

Clean inside and outside, Debbie is my rule. I've never understood why people like to live with all that clutter on the outside in any event.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) over 1 year ago

one of my favorite cartoons was of a refrigerator that fell forward with the weight of all the magnets on it

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC (Keller Williams Capital Properties) over 1 year ago

One of the good things about many stainless doors is that magnets don't stick on them 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC (Keller Williams Capital Properties) over 1 year ago

Hi Debbie.  This is my second pet peeve (after raised toilet lids) when it comes to listings.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 1 year ago

This is a very good reminder to share with home sellers and their listing agents.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 1 year ago

Such a great tip, i was in a home yesterday where they had all the kids school work for the last couple of years taped to the cabinets, not just on the fridge Debbie Reynolds 

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) over 1 year ago

I agree, organization translates to well maintained, etc....

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) over 1 year ago

So true, that kind of scene distracts the buyers eyes, as they are curious as to what is on the fridge, rather than imganing the kitchen as theirs, haha.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) over 1 year ago

I agree 100% always tell my sellers Debbie Reynolds the same thing it makes the kitchen look so much cleaner and less cluttered

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 1 year ago

Debbie, oh boy, how many homes do we show, where you cannot even SEE the refrigerator because of all the STUFF.   A good listing agent would have caught that.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 1 year ago

Hi Debbie Reynolds - Great info to share.  Many folks don't realized that a frig with magnets and photos is a distraction. I had a listing where the refrigerator was unplugged which created a nice odor even though the frig was clean.  I immediately plugged it back in to eliminate the smell.

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Realty) over 1 year ago

Good afternoon Debbie - this is one place many people clutter.  You are spot on.  You need a clean clear refrigerator.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 1 year ago

Oh yes Debbie, such good advice. We had a seller that would not remove the junk on her refrig...and buyers noticed the messy look!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) over 1 year ago

Debbie are you saying all that cherished artwork is not a major selling point?

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 1 year ago

Hi Debbie- you make an excellent point. You don't want anything distracting a buyer while they try to fall in love with your home. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 1 year ago

Yes, right, clear and put it in order. 

My Mom always does this "cleaning" even for pictures. Not to mention for showings. 

Thank you, Debbie Reynolds  I was enjoying reading your blog. 

Posted by Valeria Mola, 305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent (SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach) over 1 year ago

Debbie Reynolds - one of my pet peeves is a cluttered refrigerator. I never did see any point to it; yet many continue to use the magnets and hang art and obsolete coupons and other junk. But something I saw on a listing presentation, after I got the listing was about a dozen magnets from other real estate agents and even though I never sent my sellers a magnet with my advertising on it, I got the listing!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 1 year ago

Clean everything really helps everyone across the board. I love it for sure! Always helps to clean up. :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 1 year ago

I totally agree. I saw an MLS photo the other day of a new listing and the refrigerator was covered with stuff. It did not help make the room look sell-able.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) over 1 year ago

Great post, and so true. Nothing worse than refrigerator covered in magnets! I also think that looking inside can provide some valuable info. Sloppy sellers can get the home looking good, but often forget about the inside of the refrigerator. If the home looks great, but the inside of the fridge is trashed it probably means the seller has not maintained the home all that well 

Posted by Tom Bailey (Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc.) over 1 year ago

Hello Debbie- - - a clean(inside and outside)  is one of those subtle signs that often "speak" volumes like clean closets, organized drawers and/or a well-presented garage.  Details matter. A lot.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 over 1 year ago

One of my pet taken with the gallery of magnets and 
'''artwork" on the fridge !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 1 year ago

I think a clean refrigerator (both inside and outside) is visually appealing and minimizes distractions while a buyer is viewing a home.  Thank you for the blog.

Posted by Maria Sapio, Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. (Keller Williams of Central PA) over 1 year ago