Kitchen Prep: Stage in 4 Easy Steps
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and more than any other room in the house, sets the tone for the property. What does yours say about you? These four tips to prepping your kitchen to show its best are simple and quick ways to impact potential buyers in a positive way.
1. Clear off countertops. Store away the blenders, mixers, toasters and toaster ovens to display clear, uncluttered countertops. However, find appropriate spots for them in the kitchen, or else donate, toss or store offsite. Cramming closets in other parts of the house with kitchen appliances (or anything else, for that matter) indicates to buyers that there isn't enough storage in the house - an impression to be avoided at all costs.
2. Deep clean. Thoroughly scrub, buff, polish and Windex the bejesus out of your kitchen. Yes, even that neglected area in between the oven and cabinets (ew.) Put on some good music, get yourself a vacuum hose and get to work!
3. Fresh Accents. Something natural adds a breath of life to a space. A bowl of lemons, apples or oranges placed out on the counter, an orchid or some potted herbs are all great touches.
4. It is what it is. If your kitchen has a breakfast bar or nook that's gone wanting, now is the time to spruce it up with some furniture and accents. A breakfast bar gets barstools, and your eat-in-area should be an eat-in-area. Not an office, not a bird conservatory, not a kids play area (as my house currently boasts) but a bona-fide breakfast nook. Don't want to buy more furniture? No problem! Renting a few key pieces will give you the ultimate bang for your buck, and you don't have to worry about what to do with them after your home sells. ReStyle home offers full furniture rental and design for all your staging needs!
(Tip: Styling services come complimentary with any furniture rental from ReStyle Home)
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