4 Tips to Staging Your Kitchen to Sell

Vicki Moore
Vicki Moore
Published on October 29, 2018

If you’re not an impeccable housekeeper when selling your home hire one who is. The beauty of staging a home for sale is that it gives buyers the perception of “impeccable,” and perceptions sell.

Since the kitchen is the most popular room in a home, paying special attention to staging it to sell should be a priority when thinking about getting your home ready for the market.

Tips to Staging Your Kitchen to Sell Step 1:  Declutter

Yes, declutter and clean the cabinets too.  Your kitchen is now a product, and like any product, you’ll need to ensure that it’s sale-ready. You wouldn’t dream of selling a car that’s cluttered with kids’ stuff, fast food wrappers and paperwork, you don’t want to sell your house that way either.  In order to stage your kitchen to sell, follow these tips to declutter:

  • Clear off the top of the refrigerator, remove all the fridge magnets, photos, report cards and artwork.  Have a clean surface.
  • Clear off the countertops completely, putting small appliances out of sight.  If you use your Keurig every day, clean out the cabinet below where you normally keep it and put it back there after each use.
  • If there’s a pot rack in the kitchen, consider removing it. Buyers want storage space and they’ll feel your kitchen lacks it if you need a pot rack.  It also confuses the kitchen visually.
  • If your kitchen trash receptacle isn’t hidden away, get a small one that will fit in the pantry or a cupboard or get rid of it completely, really. An exposed trash container broadcasts to potential buyers that there isn’t enough cupboard space in the kitchen.
  • Most of us tend to collect clutter near the kitchen sink – bottles of dish soap, sponges, rags, scrub brushes and more. Get some sort of basket or box to put it all in and store it under the sink.  
  • Clean out and organize the contents of the refrigerator. Yes, buyers will look, especially if appliances are included in the sale.  It’s really funny how often people come into a house, head for the kitchen and open the fridge.
  • Rearrange the contents of cupboards and drawers, removing large items that make the spaces appear cramped.

Tips to Staging Your Kitchen to Sell Step 2:  Paint

Over time, kitchen walls become grease-stained and splattered. A fresh coat of paint will cure that problem and give you a refreshed backdrop on which your stager will work their decorating magic.

Work with your agent and stager to come up with the right colors.

Tips to Staging Your Kitchen to Sell Step 3:  Make Investments

Money is well spent replacing worn appliances.  They should be appropriate for the space in terms of size, color and expense.  They’re the hot buttons common among homebuyers. In fact,

“Studies show that sellers recoup every penny they spend on appliances,” according to HGTV.

The next item to splurge on is lighting. Kitchens can never have too much light, both overhead and task lighting. Consider installing LED lights under the cabinets and switching out the overhead fixture if it’s dated.

In order to stage your kitchen to sell, follow these investment tips:

  • A new kitchen faucet
  • New hardware for the cabinets and drawers
  • Rugs and curtains (in small kitchens, avoid busy patterns)
  • Artwork
  • If you have an eat-in kitchen, consider a striking centerpiece for the table

Tips to Staging Your Kitchen to Sell Step 4:  Clean

Freshly-painted walls and organized and decluttered cupboards are the first steps. Cleaning the kitchen – impeccably – is critical.

Yes, you’ll need to keep it that way while the home is on the market, but remember: It’s only temporary.

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About the author:  The above video Stage Your Kitchen To Sell” was provided by Vicki Moore of eXp Realty California.  With over 20 years of experience, if you’re thinking of selling or buying, we’d love to share our knowledge and expertise.

We service the following Northern California areas: Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, San Mateo, Foster City, Pacifica, Burlingame, San Carlos, Belmont, Redwood City.

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