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Staging the Kitchen for Sale is Easy and Necessary

If you ever heard that, of all the rooms, properly staging the kitchen is critical, you heard correctly. It might sound a bit old fashioned to say it, but the woman normally still has final say on which house gets bought and, without a great looking kitchen, she’s going to keep right on going down the block to the next one. The good news is that staging the kitchen doesn’t require an advanced degree in interior design. There are a few very simple ideas that go a long ways toward making your kitchen the star celebrity it should be. Unlike most other rooms in the house, furniture and appliances are built in, so there’s no re-arranging or trying to figure out the best point of view.

To those used to storing every kitchen utensil and gadget they own on the counter top, this one is going to hurt. Before a single potential buyer walks through the place, the counter needs to be bare. That means completely bare. Neatening and stacking doesn’t count. Any clutter at all in this area makes the whole room look cluttered. Clutter doesn’t sell. It makes people go, “Ick,” in their heads. Got it all cleared off? Good. Now you can add put three things back on it. These should not be appliances or utilitarian, but should instead draw attention in a good way. Think a bowl of fruit, flower arrangement, or a serving tray with refreshments. That’s it.

The stove, fridge, microwave, dishwasher, etc need to be spotless, which, to those who haven’t cleaned in a while, means ‘without spots’. All light bulbs should be in good working order. To get much further into the concept of staging than this requires you to realize that there are two basic philosophies. The first, house stagers, are more concerned with a minimalist approach that emphasizes the best features of the house. On the other side, there are home designers, who attempt to play up the decor and furnishings through the strategic use of decorations. Pick your poison but keep these basics in mind when it comes to staging the kitchen for sale.

  • No decorations, art work, or magnets on the front of the refrigerator
  • Clean inside the refrigerator and make it smell good – fresh fruit works great
  • Accent lighting with inexpensive night lights for nooks and crannies
  • Clean cabinets inside and out and remove everything not essential for daily living

A definitive list? Heck no, but it’s a good place to start when it comes to staging the kitchen.

The Open Door Auctions Team

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