You may already know how important staging is to help prospective buyers envision your home as their home – but you may not have thought about specific areas of the house that pose special staging challenges. Let’s look at one particularly tricky space: the kitchen.
No matter how spacious and elegant your kitchen may be, it’s still your food-preparation room, with all the functionality and daily use implied by that description. Food will spill, pots will boil over into burners, and crumbs will gather in tight corners. Cooking and food preparation also call for lots of utensils, containers, cloths, and other items that can clutter up the space very quickly. Last but not least, some of your fixtures may have seen better days, even if they still work fine.
Fortunately, you don’t have to remodel your kitchen from scratch just to make it more attractive to buyers. Here are some smart smart kitchen staging tips:
Modernize the most visible features. New faucets, brighter bulbs, and perhaps a coat of light-colored paint can make all the difference in creating a fresher, newer, cheerier look.
Perform the cleaning of a lifetime. Scrub every nook and cranny, even inside drawers and other areas your prospects might decide to inspect. Ideally, you want your kitchen to look as if its next owner is the first human being ever to use it.
Clear out the clutter. All those oils, sponges, cleansers, and other everyday helpers need to live in cabinets whenever you’re not actually using them. Unless your kitchen sports an appliance garage, be sure to tuck way those appliances that you do not use on a daily basis. This is particularly important when you are readying the house for the photo shoot. At this time, even tuck away everyday use appliances: i.e. toaster, blender, coffee maker, etc.
Add some strategic accessories. Light a vanilla-scented candle to fill the kitchen with a comforting aroma that suggests a world of delicious cookies and cakes – the smells of home.
Clean, cheerful, and ready: Convey these three qualities in your kitchen, and you’ll have buyers jumping at the chance to make your home their own!