It’s no secret that your kitchen is one of the most important rooms to stage when you’re selling your home – and in theory, that’s great. But what does kitchen staging look like in practice? Check out these seven secrets for staging your kitchen to sell your home in Aspen so you can sell faster and for more money.
7 Secrets for Staging Your Kitchen to Sell Your Home in Aspen
Your Aspen REALTOR® has probably already talked to you about staging, but check out these seven secrets for staging the kitchen so you know exactly what to do:
- Clear out your cabinets
- Clean off your windowsill
- Organize every cabinet, drawer and cupboard
- Consider painting
- Say goodbye to sponges and dishcloths
- Add a shiny tea kettle to the stove
- Make use of your fruit basket
Here’s a closer look at each.
Kitchen Staging Tip #1: Clear out your cabinets
Buyers are looking for kitchen storage space – they always have, and they probably always will. You want to show them that there’s an abundance of storage in your kitchen, even if you’ve had a tough time fitting in all your appliances, dishes and cookware in the past. The solution? Take out every kitchen item you haven’t used in the past three months and put it in storage. That goes for toasters, waffle makers, countertop grills, coffee mugs, fancy dishware and everything else.
Related: How to declutter, depersonalize and stage your home fast
Kitchen Staging Tip #2: Clean off your windowsill
Your kitchen window is a focal point, so don’t leave the windowsill cluttered with knickknacks or much of anything else. The one exception: a live, potted plant. If the window leads to a less-than-desirable view, use a big plant.
Kitchen Staging Tip #3: Organize every cabinet, drawer and cupboard
Buyers can – and will – open up every cabinet, drawer and cupboard in your kitchen (and in the rest of your house, too). That means everything should be exceptionally well-organized. You don’t have alphabetize your dry goods (although you can – we’re not judging), but you do have to make sure like items are grouped together and that everything appears effortlessly organized.
There are two reasons buyers need to see cabinet organization. The first is that they’ll form a picture of a conscientious homeowner – someone who stays on top of home maintenance and keeps the house in great shape. The second is that it’s aesthetically appealing, and it contributes to a buyer’s overall “good feeling” when they leave your home.
Related: 3 emergency staging tips to use before a short-notice showing
Kitchen Staging Tip #4: Consider painting
If it’s been a while since you last painted your kitchen, now is a good time. Talk to your REALTOR about what colors you should consider, as well as whether you should touch up other rooms while you’re hiring a painting pro. (You can also DIY this job if you have the time, patience and skill.)
Kitchen Staging Tip #5: Say goodbye to sponges and dishcloths
Buyers don’t want to think about work when they’re in the kitchen, and they don’t want to see a funky sponge and a drippy bottle of dishwashing liquid, either. Put those things away – preferably in a basket beneath the sink – when buyers are coming to see your home.
Kitchen Staging Tip #6: Add a shiny tea kettle to the stove
Use a tea kettle as a decorative accent in your kitchen. It lends visual appeal to the whole room. While you’re at it, add a new tea towel to the oven handle (and please resist the urge to use it between showings – save it for your new home).
Related: Tips for staging a cozy condo kitchen
Kitchen Staging Tip #7: Make use of your fruit basket
Put out a basket of fresh fruit when buyers are coming over. Shiny apples and bright, vibrant citrus fruits will do the trick. Be careful with bananas, though – they can brown quickly (and for no reason).
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