How to Stage a House | Home Staging Tips for the Kitchen
Kitchens are the first things you’ll hear about when you ask someone what they’re looking for in their dream house. A kitchen can sell a home or keep a home from selling. The importance placed on kitchens is a good reason to take the staging of your kitchen seriously. You want to show your kitchen in the best light possible. These home staging tips for the kitchen should help you get started.
Cleaning Tips for Your Kitchen
We spend a great deal of time in the kitchen. All of the baking, grilling, and deep frying can leave marks on your kitchen by adding dirt and grease to places you might not consider when doing your usual cleaning. Clean the baseboards, areas under the cabinets, top shelves, areas above cabinets, and stove hoods. Take a look at the sides of your cabinets that are usually hidden by a stove, refrigerator, or other appliance. Clean any tile grout, venting, and ceiling lights. Don’t forget the inside of the dishwasher, refrigerator, and oven.
This may take a bit of extra time, but the time you spend doing a thorough cleaning now will benefit you when it comes to selling your house. If you don’t have the time to do all the cleaning, consider hiring someone to come in and do the cleaning for you. Hiring a professional cleaning company has benefits. Not only does it save you time, but professional cleaners have the supplies and equipment to help get the job done at a high level.
Removing the Clutter from Your Kitchen
It may save you time during your days to have small appliances on the counters, but when it comes to showing your home to a potential home buyer it becomes clutter. Someone looking to buy your home will see limited counter space. Pack away your small appliances when you’re not using them.
Remove any family photographs and magnets from the front of your refrigerator. You want your home to appeal to a variety of buyers. Having a clean slate for them to imagine as their own is best. Take a few minutes to tidy your spices, canned goods, and other pantry items. Simply the amount of items you keep in your cabinets and drawers if those spaces are overflowing with utensils, plates, and cups. Consider the appeal of having all your dishware and utensils match. This small detail can have a huge impact.
Remove Personal Items from Your Kitchen
We’ve already touched on removing photographs and other personal items from the front of your refrigerator. While you might be proud of the 250 books in your cookbook collection, a potential buyer might not appreciate them as much. Pack your collection of cookbooks away and leave one out for staging on a counter.
Theme kitchens can be a delight to those of us who are building specific collections or have an interest in an animal, but not everyone is going to appreciate your pig themed kitchen. Sure, it took you years to find just the right pig curtains, towels, and matching tablecloth. Unfortunately, not everyone is going to see that as a positive selling point for your kitchen. For the staging period, consider replacing themed items with neutral items.
Staging Tips for Your Kitchen
You’ve taken the time to make sure the kitchen shines and sparkles. The man with the white glove would find it difficult to find even a smudge of grease. You’ve removed all the clutter, and your pantry is orderly. There are no personal items on the counters or on the refrigerator, but something isn’t quite right. Now, your kitchen may look a little bare.
There are inexpensive things you can add to the kitchen to give it just the right amount of personality. Add a small rug under the table in the kitchen to give it some warmth. This serves to show off that space as distinctive. Use a few neutral decorative objects on built in shelves. Choose a cookbook with colorful photos to display. Place a bowl of fruit on the counter. These small touches are appealing without adding clutter.
Many people neglect the importance of their windows when staging their kitchen. Optimize the natural lighting by making sure they are clean and free of obstructions. Add a plant to make the kitchen feel alive and fresh.
Professional Help with Staging Your Kitchen
If you’re not confident in your staging abilities or you just don’t have the time to dedicate to the task, consider hiring a professional to stage your kitchen. A great person to ask for designer referrals is your real estate agent. They will know several professionals that you can hire to do the job right.
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