No matter which part of the process you are in, preparing your home and kitchen is very important before looking to sell your home. Staging, when done well, can help make your home more appealing to buyers. It will help it sell more quickly and for a bit more. A major home overhaul costs a lot of money — money you may not fully recoup after your home sells. Instead of renovating the entire home, small updates go a long way. Here are some of our favorite suggestions for staging your kitchen to impress potential buyers.
Your goals for your kitchen:
- Looks/feels fresh and clean.
- Large, light and airy.
- Shows signs of being lived in, but organized.
- Good looking with nothing too out of date.
Be aware of smells:
Smells are one of the biggest turn off to a buyer. Make sure all trash and recycling is taken out before showing. It is also a good idea to hire a professional cleaner. Deep cleaning is extremely important. There will most likely little bits of spills hiding around your kitchen from many months or years ago that have been missed. With everything spotless, buyers will have an easier time envisioning themselves within the space without distractions.
Keep windows clear:
Clean windows is actually a very important part of staging a home! When a potential buyer is viewing your home, the last thing they want to see is something they’ll have to clean.
After your kitchen is all clean, make sure to clear off the counters. Only things that can stay are a coffee maker and a toaster. Everything else has to go. Another nice touch is actually decorating the stove top. Adding a teakettle or an attractive pot is a nice, welcoming touch, without adding clutter. Set out a bowl of fruit and a bottle of wine with two glasses. This makes the home feel lived in, but lets the buyer envision themselves in the setting.
On top of all this, add a few cook books, decorate/organize any open/glass front shelving, and add a vase of flowers for the finishing touch.
If you are still living in your home, this means that you can’t get rid of everything or move it to your new home. Make sure to organize everything. Drawers and cabinets with dishes should look clean and stacked well. Get rid of extra clutter. Less is more when it comes to cabinet space. If you open up the cabinets and things are falling out, it’ll show the buyer that there isn’t enough space.
Your pantry is another thing to keep organized. Keep like items together and packed in tight. Organize what’s left into a set of matching food storage containers or open baskets. This may mean dumping a bunch of food or hiding what you can in boxes while prepping to move.