A great looking kitchen makes buyers happy so it’s important to make your kitchen look fabulous! I realize that living in a home that is staged can be an inconvenience (especially if you have kiddos). But if your home is properly priced and looks fabulous, then it should only be for a very short time that you’re inconvenienced. Remember, your goal is to SELL!!
Check out these tips for staging your kitchen!
1. CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN
It is so important to have your kitchen sparkling clean. EVERYTHING NEEDS TO BE CLEANED!! Wipe out drawers. Scrub your oven and stove. Wipe down your cabinets, removing all the dirt and grease thats accumulated .Polish your stainless steel appliances and remove all of those little fingerprints. Take out the garabage and make sure there’s no lingering odors. Wash all dirty dishes including those in the dishwasher and remove the dishes from the dishwasher. Buyers don’t want to see your dishes from the morning!
Remove all old food from the refrigerator and make sure everything is wiped down. And don’t forget the floors! Clean it and remove any excess rugs. While you’re at it go ahead and and clean your kitchen windows too!
2. ORGANIZE YOUR CABINETS
Don’t negelect the inside of your cabinets and drawers. If they’re stuffed full of stuff you’re sending a message to the buyer that you lack storage space. Go ahead and pack up those items that you don’t use on a daily basis. And while you’re at it, organize your pantry. Make them look like grocery store shelves! I’m sure there are probably some expired items, so toss them. Baskets and containers are great to use when organizing your pantry.
Decluttering is probably one of the hardest aspects of staging for sellers. No one wants to put away all of those items that you’re so used to seeing on daily basis. But remember, a buyer doesn’t care about your cute kitchen collections. They don’t want to see all your school schedules or refrigerator magnets. Do you have silk plants above your cabinets? Toss them! They are probably dusty anyways.
Pack up your countertop appliances. They eat up so much counter space, which isn’t a good think if your counter space is limited. But regardless, the last thing a buyer wants to see is a counter full of toasters, blenders, baskets full of papers, etc. Limit yourself to one appliance. Maybe that is a coffee pot that you use every morning.
If you don’t have a built-in microwave I suggest removing the it from your counter. It takes up so much space. Remove it for showings and then you can take it back out if you use it regularly.
The easiest way to start decluttering is to clear everything off your counters. Then you can put back a few decorative items to bring life back to the kitchen!
Now is the step to add that life back to your kitchen. You don’t want your counter completely bare. Decorative canisters, bowl of fruit, and nice cookbooks are good options. Once again, use baskets or boxes with lids to organize. Those would be great for those school schedules if you need them handy.
5. PAINT AND UPDATE
A fresh coat of paint can do wonders! It’s a quick and easy way to refresh a space. Consider replacing outdate light fixtures, faucets, and cabinet hardware. All of those are relatively inexpensive ways to update your kitchen.
Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to having a sold sign in your yard!!
Contact me, Brittany Caldwell, REALTOR®, with TM5 Properties for all of your real estate needs.