Regarded as one of the top rooms to stage, the kitchen serves as the hub of activity for many homeowners. Whether your kitchen is an ode to the culinary arts with its gourmet capabilities and top of the line finishes or perhaps seen better days, the appearance of the kitchen is crucial to the first impressions of your home.
Here are my top 6 tips for staging your kitchen to sell!
- Remove anything attached to the refrigerator. Magnets, photos, calendars and any other item. The last thing that buyers want to see are personalized items.
- Clean the refrigerator. Although you may think that prospective buyers don’t check inside the refrigerator, in most cases they take a peek.
- Less is more. Try to limit countertop items to just two essentials at the most. This could mean leaving a coffee pot and stand mixer out, or whatever you think that you can’t live without on the counter. But ideally a counter would be completely free of all items.
- Clean and clear out drawers, cabinets and the pantry. Since you will be packing things up eventually once your home sells, why not get a head start and pack up anything that you may not use on a regular basis? The more that you can clear out of these spaces and make them appear organized, the more spacious drawers and cabinets will appear. When you are in the process of organizing, take a wet cloth to the interior of cabinets to wipe up any food debris and dust.
- Kitchen Décor. While you may have cleared everything off of your countertops, it’s a good idea to place some type of special feature on the counter. It could be a bowl of fruit or a vase of fresh flowers. Additionally set the table for a meal or clear it entirely off and place a decoration in the center of it.
- Fresh and sparkling. Clean counters, dishes, appliances, baseboards, flooring, decorative rugs, oven and anything else that needs some elbow grease. The last thing you want people to see are your dirty dishes and smelling aromas of last night’s fish fry.
With your kitchen being one of the most used rooms in the room, it is sometimes hard for a seller to strike a balance between clean versus lived in. The more that you can do to keep your kitchen up to the above standards the more likely, it is that your home will sell quickly and for top dollar. In the Smith Mountain Lake real estate market, you want to set yourself apart within the competitive listing market. Take these 6 tips to heart and make them a reality, after all the kitchen is the heart of the home and can mean the difference between an offer or no offer.