Stage Your Kitchen To Sell

Kimberly Bean
Kimberly Bean
Published on September 20, 2017

You don’t have to be a perfect housekeeper when you’re selling your Southern Maryland home; you just need to look like one! That’s the beauty of staging a home for sale. It gives buyers the perception of impeccable – and perceptions sell.

In fact, staging has been shown to increase the perceived value of a home. “A consumer’s perceived value of a good or service affects the price he is willing to pay,” claim the experts at Investopedia.

The kitchen is the most popular room in a home, homebuyers say, be sure to pay special attention to how it’s staged.

Declutter

When you put your Southern Maryland home on the market, your kitchen is now a product. Like any product, you need to make sure it is sale-ready. Just as you wouldn’t dream of selling a car that’s cluttered with kids’ stuff, fast food wrappers, and paperwork, you shouldn’t tolerate everyday living-type clutter in the kitchen.

  • Clear off the top of the refrigerator, leaving only one decorative item. Remove all the fridge magnets and the photos, report cards, and children’s artwork they hold.
  • Clear off the countertops completely, putting small appliances out of sight and displaying just a few decorative items.
  • 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.
  • If your kitchen trash receptacle isn’t hidden away, consider buying one that will fit in the pantry or a cupboard. 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. Remove all of it to the cupboard under the sink.
  • Organize the contents of the refrigerator. Yes, buyers will look, especially if appliances are included in the sale.
  • Rearrange the contents of cupboards and drawers, removing large items that make the spaces appear cramped.

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 to work your decorating magic.

While grey was the go-to kitchen color in 2017, Elle Décor took a look ahead to 2018 and predicts that midnight blue will be the “it” kitchen color. As luck would have it, a 2017 Zillow study also found that blue appeals most to homebuyers.

But, since we’re talking staging, you may want to choose a lighter, softer shade. In fact, the study revealed that blue kitchens earn homeowners an average $1,809 boost of their sale price.

Make Investments

If your budget allows, and you decide to make investments in the kitchen, start with the appliances because those are 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.

Additional items you may want to consider include:

  • 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

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.

Hughesville MD Homes for Sale and Real Estate Services in Southern Maryland. You now have a search engine to help you with your Southern Maryland home search! And I’m ready to provide you with a custom home valuation if you’re considering selling your home. Let’s connect to discuss how I can help you. Contact Kimberly Bean at 301-440-1309

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