It’s time to put your home on the market, and your list of preparations is growing. How will you prioritize your to-dos, and make everything just right for your open house? The kitchen is one of the first places you should start.
Kitchens can be a major selling point for potential buyers, so spending extra time and effort into staging it can increase your chances of impressing buyers. In fact, 85% of buyers focus on kitchen features when considering their purchase.
Continue reading for three ways you can stage the perfect kitchen to sell your home.
1. The Cleaner, The Better
Cleaning before an open house is a no-brainer—it's time to go above and beyond your normal duties. Imagine how you would expect a home’s kitchen to appear if you were attending an open house. A dirty kitchen won’t leave a good impression. When cleaning your kitchen for an open house, remember to:
- Clean windows; nobody wants to see fingerprints.
- Empty your refrigerator to neutralize odors.
- Dust everything, including drapes and lampshades.
- Organize cabinets and drawers. You never know when someone may peek inside.
- Buy new hand towels.
2. Less Is More
Less is always more when staging a room. A clean and simplified kitchen will help showcase all the room has to offer and allow potential buyers to envision it as their own. Below are a few quick ways you can cut the clutter in your kitchen:
- Limit countertop decorations to only one or two items.
- Remove extra seating or chairs from around the kitchen table.
- Choose a centerpiece for the kitchen table, and use this as your only accessory.
- Remove pot racks to avoid giving the impression your kitchen doesn’t have enough storage.
3. Upgrade and Polish
When staging your kitchen, consider polishing and upgrading items to give your kitchen a fresher and more modern feel. A few kitchen items to polish or upgrade are:
If any items are broken, or show signs of wear and tear, repair or remove them altogether. Check your walls for peeling, scuffmarks or paint chips. If found, it could be time to say goodbye to the wallpaper, or touch up your paint.
Take note of any appliances that aren’t functioning properly or aesthetically pleasing. If your appliances would prevent you from buying the house, invest in upgrading. Buyers will remember new appliances when it comes time to put in an offer.
4. Store Excess Kitchen Items
Staging your kitchen to sell your home is worth the extra time and effort. But, you may be wondering what you’re going to do with all the excess clutter in the meantime. You don’t have to resort to cramming your kitchen items into another room. Instead, consider the different amenities self-storage facilities have to offer.
Self-storage solutions can decrease stress during your open house and eventually your move. Self storage lets you house excess items remotely in your unit temporarily or long-term depending on your needs. No longer worry about them getting in the way.
Are you looking to store items during a home staging? Visit our Ohio Storage Facilities page to check out our six locations. We offer flexible storing options with no long-term contracts … perfect for temporary storage during open houses!
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