A kitchen can make or break the sale of a home and a little extra effort and elbow grease helps offers come flooding through the door. Run through this checklist to make sure you haven't missed a thing when it comes to readying your kitchen for the center stage.
Glance through this list to ensure your kitchen staging is complete:
- Dirty towels and oven mitts.
- Anything you don't use on a daily basis.
- Small appliances. (Store them within cabinets.)
- All family photos, collections, and personal items - especially from the refrigerator.
- Conidment and spice racks.
- Extra shelving, which implies there isn't enough cabinet space.
- Wallpaper, wallpaper border, or stenciling. (Repaint for a fresh, clean look.)
- Stove top, oven, burners, overhead fan.
- Large appliances like refrigerators and freezers - even inside! Buyers will open them, especially if you're including the appliances in the sale.
- Floors, walls, baseboards, and windows.
- Garbage containers. Empty them before showings and open houses.
- Light switches and fixtures.
Replace or repair
- Faucets. Check for leaks, grit and cracked seals, and low water pressure.
- Dated light fixtures.
- Dated countertops.
Before an open house or showing
- Add a fresh flower arrangement or bowl of fruit (no bananas).
- Open the blinds and drapes.
- Remove leaves in tables to create more space.
- Turn on all lights.
- Clear off the countertops.
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Watch this video from ExpertRealEstateTips' YouTube channel for more kitchen staging tips.