When you’re selling a home in Lakewood or Long Beach, you know that it’s important to stage it – but what about your kitchen? Here’s what you need to know about how to stage a kitchen when your home is for sale.
But first, here’s why you can’t skip it.
Why Stage Your Kitchen?
The kitchen is often the “make-or-break” room in a real estate transaction. Even potential buyers who aren’t too big on cooking care about the kitchen; it’s often the hub of the home, where family and friends gather and chat. It’s the first place most people go in the morning, and the last light they turn off at night.
Staging your kitchen is incredibly important. It needs to be spotlessly clean, free from clutter and showcase how much space it has (even if it doesn’t have much).
How to Stage Your Kitchen When Your Home is for Sale
Before you can begin staging, clean and declutter your entire kitchen. Take everything off the counters, but don’t cram it all into the cupboards – potential buyers will open them, and the more stuff you have jammed in them, the less space your kitchen appears to have.
Look at everything in your cabinets. What haven’t you used in a year? If that old mixer is taking up an entire bottom shelf but you haven’t touched it in months, it’s time to pack it up (or donate or sell it). Likewise, if you have appliances, serving dishes and other kitchen accoutrements that you’re not going to use between now and the day you sell your home, pack them away until you move into your new home.
The idea is to create as much space as possible without making the cupboards bare. Take out everything you can live without.
As you remove clutter, empty out each cupboard individually and clean the shelves, the handles and the cabinet faces. Do a deep-clean all over the kitchen. Remember to:
- Scour the sink
- Scrub the backsplash
- Clean all grout, bleaching if necessary
- Deep-clean the floors
- Scrub the baseboards
- Clean under the stove and the dishwasher (it’s less you have to do later)
- Clean the oven – buyers will look inside
- Scrub your stovetop
- Wipe down all appliances
- Clean light switches and outlet plates
- Polish all fixtures
- Dust the corners and clean out the dust from light fixtures
For many people, it makes sense to hire a professional cleaning service to tackle the tough stuff. That frees you up for decluttering and staging, and typically, professional cleaners are a lot faster than the rest of us.
Do You Need to Talk to a Lakewood Realtor® About Selling Your Home?
If you’re thinking about selling your home in Lakewood, call us at 562-882-1581 to find out exactly how much it’s worth. We can help you sell your house quickly and at top dollar.
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