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How to Stage a Kitchen to Sell Your House

Updated on July 5, 2009

Stage a Kitchen will Help a Buyer Mentally Move In

When you stage a kitchen it looks bigger, which many buyers like. A buyer considers the kitchen one of the most important rooms in the house. I know you feel the same way when you buy a house! Dishes in the sink, cluttered windowsills, and selves packed with cookbooks cloud a buyer's vision. So, its' time to make it a show piece.

The way you live in a home and the way you sell your house are two different things.

Stage a Kitchen Means Clutter Free

Most homes have to many small appliances out on the Kitchen counter. When you Stage a kitchen you put them away, or give them away. Pack up those kitchen collections, no matter how much you love them. Your antique plate collection, those clever mugs, the adorable salt and pepper shaker collection - gone, gone, gone! They distract the buyer's eye. You want to sell the kitchen space, not your collectibles.

Clear away all but one or three items from the windowsill. A small, healthy plant and a couple knickknacks are all that's needed here, nothing else. Pick up small scatter rugs; they make a room look smaller. If space allows, one large Asian rug in the middle makes a better statement.

Move the dog and cat dishes, so buyers can't trip on them. Put them in a space that is out of the way and perhaps out of sight.

Now look at your refrigerator. If your like most people, it's an exploding art gallery of photos, magnets, comics, and recipes, most of them past their prime. Anything necessary can be placed on the side of the refrigerator. Clean the top of the refrigerator, too, so it's spotless and clutter free.

Stage a Kitchen Help

How to Sell Your Home in Any Market: 6 Reasons Why Your Home Isn't Selling... and What You Can Do to Fix Them
How to Sell Your Home in Any Market: 6 Reasons Why Your Home Isn't Selling... and What You Can Do to Fix Them

"How to Sell Your Home in Any Market" is really a great read. It's both entertaining and chock full of great information. The author outlines the reasons some homes sell and others don't. Then he goes through techniques for staging a home, how to price a home the right way and why some agents aren't completely honest in their pricing.

He explains lots of different marketing ideas, websites, and advertising methods and then he starts talking about "desperation methods". He also has a start to finish outline of the selling process, and explains some differences when selling a home on your own or using a Realtor. But what really set this book apart was all the real life stories. For every section, he has a couple stories explaining how each technique was used and what made it work. Really terrific!


Stage a Kitchen to be Q-Tip Clean

When you stage a kitchen you want to make any repairs necessary. Repair tile or Formica counter tops and edges that damaged or have come unglued. If tile grout is stained, clean it with bleach. Make sure kitchen windows and walls are clean. Paint the kitchen if it needs it; you'll get a great return on this small investment.

Clean stove top and oven. Replace burner pans if they are badly stained. Clean exhaust fans, filters, and hoods. Q-tip clean is required here; anything less just won't work. Empty the garbage regularly to prevent kitchen odors, replacing the wastebasket if necessary. Scrub refrigerator top to bottom, and inside out, (buyers will open it) and put a fresh box of baking soda in both the refrigerator and the freezer.

When you Stage a kitchen keep the kitchen sink clean and empty everyday. Make sure the kitchen faucet is clean and works smoothly without drips. Stow soap dispensers, scouring pads dish drainers and paper towels under the sink.

Stage a Kitchen Simply

301 Simple Things You Can Do To Sell Your Home NOW and For More Money Than You Thought: How to Inexpensively Reorganize, Stage, and Prepare Your Home
301 Simple Things You Can Do To Sell Your Home NOW and For More Money Than You Thought: How to Inexpensively Reorganize, Stage, and Prepare Your Home

The great thing about 301 Simple Things You Can Do to Sell Your Home NOW and For More Money Than You Thought is that the vast majority of the book is useable content, without a lot of fluff. Case studies, which are essentially anecdotes from real estate professionals, serve to reinforce the importance of whatever topic the book is covering, and its illustrations (photographs) do a great job of showing, visually, how staging can change the look and feel of a house. If you are considering selling your home, 301 Simple a great read. It provides plenty of useable ideas for making your house a product that potential buyers will get excited about purchasing, and living in. Whether you decide to use the services of a professional, or make improvements yourself using its step-by-step guides, 301 Simple Things...can be a huge asset in your quest to sell your home.


Stage a Kitchen Using Accessories

Now comes the fun part to Stage a kitchen, accessories. You only need a few things here and there. You can place a bowl or large glass vase full of green apples or lemons. A bouquet of fresh flowers on the counter brings the outside in and gives off a wonderful fragrance. On the counter top in the corner place a cookbook on a stand with a tall olive oil and vinaigrette bottle next to it.

You can use a small wine rack with some wine bottles in it and two nice wine glass set next to it. Always do a grouping of three unless it is a large piece then let it stand alone.

Hang new valances over the windows to freshen things up. Magazines and staging books have tons of ideas on how to display items. Just remember when you Stage a kitchen or any room for that matter. less is more.

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    • davenjilli lm profile image

      davenjilli lm 

      6 years ago

      Just about every realtor in my area need to read this lens! It is hard enough trying to sell a place but when your people won't help you by at least cleaning up and staging for the pictures - ugh. angel dust sprinkled (I think that will add to the staging ;)

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      6 years ago

      The photos of staged kitchens are fabulous. I didn't know the trick of grouping by threes. I'm not looking to sell, but I do love the look of a staged home!

    • infiniti99 lm profile image

      infiniti99 lm 

      6 years ago

      Great lens thank you for sharing.I'll be back to use some of those great ideas thank you.

    • KateHonebrink profile image


      6 years ago

      Kitchens help to sell homes - at least good-looking kitchens do! Staging a kitchen is absolutely vital to helping a home to sell quickly and for as much money as possible! Great lens!


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