The kitchen is one of the important places within a home. This is where every family member meets in harmony, where you usually start a certain celebration like birthdays and thanksgiving and also the place on where good food comes from… among others.
A warm and welcoming kitchen is one of the pillars of a happy home. That’s why it is essential to make a good impression in this area when you are showing your home to potential buyers. Viewers want to see a kitchen that is ready to use, without thinking that it might need a few improvements that will cost them.
But this does not mean you will need to remodel your kitchen for it be staged properly. Here at Home Staging Pueblo Colorado, we can provide you some tips on how to stage a home. And in this topic, we will provide some tips on how to stage your kitchen.
1. Be excessive and gleaming clean.
It is a must that the whole house that needs to be staged needs to be clean. But you’ll have to put more effort when it comes to the kitchen area. Any persisting odor or patches of dirt will be a huge turn off for potential buyers. So, clean every surface with a disinfectant that has a perfumed scent to leave it spotless and smelling fresh. And don’t forget to clean inside cupboards and drawers too even though you feel that they won’t be inspected by the potential buyers. It is also preferred to hire a professional cleaning company to do a first deep clean that will act as a first layer of cleanliness to build on over the next few weeks or months of viewings to come.
2. Doing paintwork.
For areas that are looks past its prime and still grimy after a thorough cleaning was done, consider giving them a fresh coat of paint or varnish to give them a fresh look. It won’t be an issue for furniture or woodwork to be old, as long as it has the vintage and well-loved look rather than worn or neglected.
3. Storage needs to be organized.
Remember that storage and space are huge factors when staging any part of a home. For kitchens, you need to make sure that you remove non-essential items from cupboards, drawers and other storages. Reduce the content from those areas as far as you can and organize the remaining parts, making sure that they consume as little space as possible. In return, this makes your storage look bigger plus giving the impression to the potential buyers that you kept your home in good condition by giving attention to detail.
4. Perform rigorous decluttering.
You’ll hear the word “declutter” in almost ever home stager. But in this case, it is really important for us to perform decluttering in the kitchen because this is one of the areas that can make or break a sale. What decluttering does in a room is that it boosts the feeling of spaciousness and also provides a more neutral look, making the potential buyers imagine themselves inside your home freely with their belongings thus making your home viewing to them more personalized.
In the kitchen, decluttering means removing as many gadgets and appliances as you can from the countertops, removing unnecessary items from shelves and making sure that your cleaning materials are out of site.
5. Accessorize with sympathy
In line with what we mentioned in item number 4, it does not mean that we need to leave your kitchen looking bare and lifeless. A few well-placed and well-coordinated accessories can provide a bit of style without making your kitchen look cramped and busy. Adding clear glass jars of dried goods or few colorful cookbooks on the shelves and some decorative pots of growing herbs on the windowsill can give a fresh look in your kitchen.
6. Windows and sunlight.
Nothing beats natural light when it comes to impressing buyers. Not all kitchens have huge windows to let sunlight in that can provide a great view. But you can make the most out of what you have by removing bulky items from your windowsills, replacing heavy drapes with lighter ones and doing a deep clean on your windows inside and out. And if your kitchen happens to receive more sunlight for certain parts of the day, make sure you have the appropriate blinds installed to cut down the excessive sunlight without dimming the room too much.
7. Consider artificial lighting.
Even if your kitchens have ample natural light or not, you will still need artificial light at the end of daytime. Hence, their importance should not be taken for granted. Make sure that your overhead lights are powerful enough for full illumination when needed, but you should also have the ability to dimmer the lights or have a secondary light option for a softer and comfortable atmosphere. Don’t worry doing costly electrical rewiring for installing artificial lights. Modern LED lights can install into place by using adhesives and some of them can even run on battery.
8. Decorating the dining table or mini bar.
Try laying out minimal and stylish place settings for each seat on the dining table, mini bar or island. Use your best dining wares and try to invest on attractive mats and napkins. A kitchen that looks to be prepared for a meal to be served give extremely positive signals to potential home buyers.
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