Did you know that one of the most difficult rooms to stage is the kitchen? This is because it’s one of the most used rooms in your home and preparing it for sale can be quite the task. Yet, an effectively staged kitchen can help sell your home, because it’s the room that buyers often scrutinize and remember the most. So, how do you effectively stage your kitchen to wow potential Buyers? Read my tips and tricks below!
- Be relentless when decluttering your kitchen. Declutter everything from your spices and cooking supplies to cutlery and crockery.
- Clean out and organize every cupboard and drawer. Curious Buyer’s are known for looking in cupboards, drawers, and appliances. Overstuffed and disorganized cupboards and drawers make it seem like the storage space is less than it actually is and can be a turn off to potential Buyers.
- Pack away or get rid of any unnecessary items.
- Organize and pare back your pantry until you have some unused space on each shelf. This will create the illusion of a more spacious pantry.
- Clear the countertops. Leave no more than two appliances total in view, like the toaster and coffee maker. This will give the impression that there’s a lot of counter space available.
- Hire a professional cleaner to deep clean your kitchen once you have completed your declutter. This will make it easier to keep up with once photos are taken for the listing and showings begin. Professionals have the products and tools needed to give your kitchen the deep clean it deserves before you open your home to showings and pictures.
- De-personalize your fridge and kitchen walls by removing any pictures, magnets, or art work. By removing those personalized touches, you leave room for the Buyer to imagine themselves living in your home.
- Make sure the sink and appliances shine. If regular cleaners don’t work, there are a number of specialty products available of all kinds, including stainless steel.
- Move dish cloths, sponges, and any other cleaning supplies out of sight.
- Remove extra seating and space out chairs and bar stools.
- Make sure the windows are clean and clear of smudges, dirt, or debris.
- If there is a windowsill in your kitchen, consider placing a plant or two near it. Greenery is a great compliment to any indoor space!
- If you have open shelving or transparent glass cabinetry, style them well. There seems to be a love/hate relationship with the open shelving look and this is your opportunity to show Buyers just how great it can look! Display only matching dish sets, nicely stacked glasses, and a few recipe books. Think of a magazine spread while you do this. Keep it simple and minimalistic.
- If your dish towels have seen better days, replace them! Choose a pattern and/or colour that will compliment your kitchen to further elevate it’s appearance.
- Consider making upgrades. You could do something as simple as replacing cabinetry hardware, replacing a light fixture or two, or go as far as installing a new countertop.
- Paint or stain cabinets. One of the most affordable and impactful improvements you can make to the kitchen is painting. A new coat of paint or other finish can make older, worn cabinets look like new.
- Be extremely aware of odors. Empty the garbage, recycling, and compost daily and take the time to clean the containers themselves. Bad odours can turn off a potential Buyer very quickly!
- Add some fresh flowers in a vase. Flowers brighten up any room, especially the kitchen1
If you would like to tackle decluttering your entire home, take my 30 Day Declutter Challenge!
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