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How to stage a kitchen

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May 26th, 2011

Personal Moving Consultant Every real estate professional would agree that kitchens sell houses. Kitchens are often the heart of a home, so it is vitally important to stage this room when preparing a house for sale. The good news for sellers is that there are many ways to create an inviting atmosphere in the kitchen without breaking the bank.

Follow these steps

Declutter the kitchen. This is the first rule for staging any room, but it s even more important when staging the kitchen. Show every bit of counter space to prospective buyers. Clear away all clutter from countertops, including small appliances, utensil holders, spice racks, and gadgets. Once your countertops are bare, add nonappliance items such as a bowl of fruit, cookbook on a stand, or a live plant, but place them in the corners. Clearing the countertops will help buyers focus on the work space in the room. Remove everything from the front, sides, and top of the refrigerator, including all magnets, grandchildren s artwork, appointment cards, and photos. Make sure the inside of the refrigerator is pleasant smelling and neatly organized; buyers will most likely peek inside. Wipe down all cabinets both inside and out. To update the look of your cabinets, replace worn or dated hardware with new knobs and handles. Straighten the inside of cabinets and pantry areas. Turn on the lights and open the curtains to showcase the kitchen. You can create the illusion of more light by adding a very small lamp to dark corners of the kitchen. Under-cabinet lighting will also add warmth. Clean your kitchen like the sale of your house depends on it. It s the least costly but most important step in staging the kitchen. Clean all appliances both inside and out. Wash windows, curtains, light fixtures (replace bulbs), sink, countertops, and flooring. Store soap dispensers, scouring pads, and sponges under the sink and remove pet dishes. Add new kitchen towels and a bit of wow by placing fresh flowers on the table. They ll add color and fragrance to the space.