January 5, 2015

Kitchen Staging Tips





Modern kitchens with white cabinets


Kitchens can make or break a sale when you are trying to sell your home. You should stage your kitchen to help your home sell faster for a better price. Home staging will make your kitchen appear functional, attractive, organized, spacious, and a great place to make a meal.



Here are some tips to follow when staging your kitchen:



  • Tie all the design elements in the kitchen together with a welcoming neutral paint color.
  • Make sure you stage or renovate your kitchen with a style that is harmonious with the design style of your home.
  • Consult a real estate appraiser to determine how your renovation will affect the value of your home.
  • Repair, renovate, and upgrade anything in the kitchen that needs to be repaired or replaced.
  • Don’t spend more than 5% of your home’s value on a kitchen renovation.
  • Contact a professional real estate agent to determine the value of your home in your area.
  • Change your kitchen countertops if they are dated; to create a dramatic new look for your kitchen.

Staged kitchen before and after pictures

  • Consider the value of your home and the return on your investment to determine if it is worthwhile to install stone (granite, quartz, or marble) countertops or to install lower cost laminate countertops. 
  • Change your kitchen cabinetry hardware if your budget is limited. It’s a quick way to dramatically enhance your kitchen. 
  • Consider re-facing and re-staining your kitchen cabinets instead of replacing them if your budget is limited.
  • Consider replacing your kitchen flooring if it is damaged and cannot be repaired. The flooring you choose should have a neutral color palette and pattern.
  • Remove any wallpaper from your kitchen because it makes your kitchen look very out-of-date.

Staged kitchen before and after pictures

  • Replace your out-dated sink and faucet to give your kitchen a new updated look.
  • Update your kitchen light fixtures if needed.
  • Choose light fixtures that match the finish of your kitchen faucet and cabinetry hardware.
  • Make sure your kitchen appliances are in good condition, clean, and match each other.
  • Clean, tidy, and de-clutter your kitchen to make the space seem larger and more appealing to potential buyers.
  • Don’t forget to organize and de-clutter the inside of your fridge, cupboards, and pantry to visually optimize your kitchen’s storage space; potential buyers will view these areas.




  • Depersonalize your kitchen by removing all personal items such as pictures, children's artwork, work schedules, and items attached to your refrigerator.
  • Remove all cleaning products and sponges from the sink countertop. Make sure the sink is clean and shiny before showing time.
  • Place a bowl of colorful fresh fruits on one of your kitchen countertops to add a touch of color to your kitchen before a buyer viewing.
  • Place a full bottle of red wine or a gourmet olive oil bottle next to a small breadboard on one of your kitchen countertops.

Staged kitchen before and after pictures

  • Cover the trash can with a lid, store it under the sink, and make sure it is emptied before buyer showings.
  • Turn on all the kitchen lights before buyer viewings.
  • Add a simple window valance for color and texture.
  • Don't block your kitchen windows; to let in as much natural light as possible.
  • Stage your dining nook table with a few drinking glasses and plates.
  • Air the kitchen out before buyer home viewings to remove any cooking odours.
  • Add a small sample of fresh-baked goods to your kitchen staging such as cookies or cupcakes to provide a pleasant aroma.
  • Remove any rugs or mats from your kitchen floor before showing time because they make a kitchen appear smaller and cluttered.

Staged kitchen before and after pictures


Your kitchen is one of the most important selling points of your home just like the bathroomA well staged kitchen will allow potential homebuyers to easily imagine themselves cooking, gathering, and entertaining in your kitchen.







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