Tips for Staging a Kitchen When Selling a House

Kitchen renovations complete    Jan 2007
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Here are some of the design experts’ top tips for staging a kitchen when selling a house needs to be done as soon as possible.

Cleaning your kitchen is the single most important part of staging this room when you are preparing to sell your home.

Everything must be spotless including the floors, walls, ceiling, counters and ceiling. Get rid of those cob webs, dust, grease and grime so potential buyers can be impressed and more inclined to make an offer.

Make sure your appliances are sparkling clean. Clean the oven, fridge, microwave and dishwasher. If the stove burners are still less than stellar in appearance buy some inexpensive covers and use them.

A little lemon juice in a cup of water is all you need to add to a garbage disposal to knock out lingering odors. You can also use some baking soda to get this job done.

Get rid of clutter from the walls and counter surfaces. You want your kitchen to welcome guests and you want to have a room where they can imagine the possibilities instead of being locked into your personal decorating style.

Stow all countertop appliances in an out of the way location.

Repair any missing hardware on cabinet doors and drawers.

Make sure the kitchen is bright which means replacing light bulbs and removing dark curtains from the windows to let the sun shine in. Be sure that you clean all of the kitchen windows inside and outside.

Take any pet dishes and move them to the garage or to another location where they will not distract your potential buyers.

Address any broken tile, cracked walls or other minor problems by making the necessary repairs. This is the cheapest upgrade for a kitchen staging that anyone can do.

Have some freshly baked cookies ready to pop into the oven to create an irresistible aroma of home baked goodness in your kitchen.

A big bowl of fresh fruit can be placed on the bar or counter to add color and beauty to your kitchen staging area.

If you take the time to stage your kitchen correctly you will be surprised at how easy it is to generate real interest in your house when you are ready to sell.