It’s a common thought in Real Estate circles that a kitchen can make or break the sale of your house. A kitchen is something like the heart of a home. Families use it every day, for cooking and connecting with each other as well as entertaining guests. A well- staged kitchen will help buyers imagine themselves living their own lives in your home, which will make them more likely to make an offer on your property.

Here are a few helpful tips for staging one of the most important rooms in your house.

  • Clean the windows inside and out, as well as window treatments if necessary.
  • Always show your kitchen with all the lights on. This will help it seem brighter and more inviting.
  • Declutter your counters. If you would like to show personal items, make sure it’s something relevant to the space like a recipe book.
  • Clean and organize the interiors of your cabinets - people will look inside.
  • Pay particular attention to organizing a food/pantry cabinet - this can look surprisingly good if shapes and sizes are arranged well.
  • When showing the home, bring in fresh flowers for the table from the garden, or cut greens of some sort from the back yard, if you have one.
  • Clean the ovens, cooktop and microwave.
  • Clean the sink and surroundings. For a showing, move the soap bottles to inside the cabinet, then clean the sink and drain baskets.
  • Touch up paint trim on window and door casings, and other moldings.

If you are feeling a little intimidated by the staging process, talk to your real estate agent. They will have valuable suggestions regarding what you can do regarding your space. If it’s within your budget, you might also want to consider hiring a professional staging company.