Staging the Kitchen


Staging your Kitchen to Attract Potential Buyers

If your kitchen is messy or cluttered with years of accumulated knick-knacks and appliances, potential buyers cannot envision themselves living in your kitchen. They want to see that the area has been lived in, but they don't need to see every single utensil you've ever purchased laying out on the counter. Homes with staged kitchens usually sell 3 to 5 times faster than other homes, so try some of these practical ideas for staging your kitchen for sale.

Get it Clean

The kitchen is usually the most used room in the home, so make sure every visible surface in your kitchen is immaculate. Clean out the refrigerator, wipe down the cabinets (inside and out), clean the oven, and scrub the floors and baseboards. Make sure both sides of the windows are clean and polish any fixtures. Keep dishes washed and put away. If you cook often, air the kitchen out after meals. Buy a new trash can to remove any pervading odors. Replace light bulbs and the burner pans on the stove. Make sure any cleaning supplies are placed hidden from view.


Decluttering your kitchen will make the space seem larger and more appealing to potential buyers. Take all the appliances off the counter--coffeemaker included. This will make the counter space seem larger. Remove any collectibles from the room to avoid distraction. You want the buyer to see the kitchen, not your collection of roosters. Reorganize the cabinets, replace shelf liner, and make sure everything looks meticulously neat. Use the age-old rule for decluttering. Ask yourself how often you use the items. If you haven't used them in the last six months, throw them away!

Cheap Ways to Remodel

If your kitchen is outdated, but you don't have thousands of dollars to put into remodeling, an easy and inexpensive way to update this area is to apply a new coat of paint or replace the hardware on cabinet doors. Do you have loads of counter space? A large eat-in area? New appliances? Accentuate these features to draw the eyes of potential buyers.

Staging for the Kitchen

Now that you have a larger, cleaner area to work with, it's time to stage the kitchen. Replace hidden appliances with a bottle of wine and a couple of glasses, or put out a large bowl of fruit and a cookbook. Try to keep knick-knacks in small groups of three to five. Bring in a few plants to scatter around and remove all pictures of family. Create an intimate table setting by setting out a few plates and putting fresh flowers in the center of the table.

When you've finished, stand back, take in the new view, and pat yourself on the back. You did it!

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