Selling Your Home? Avoid These Kitchen Staging Mistakes

How you stage your home can make a huge impact on your home sale. When your house is staged well, it appeals to more buyers, which can make it easier to sell your home. But the opposite is also true—when your home isn’t staged well, it can act as a roadblock on the path to selling your property.And that includes staging your kitchen.But what, exactly, should you avoid when staging your kitchen? A recent article from outlined common kitchen staging mistakes that could make it harder to sell your home, including:

  • Cluttered countertops. When showing your home, you want your kitchen to seem as spacious as possible. But leaving too much stuff on your countertops is a surefire way to make the space feel cluttered. While it’s fine to leave high-end items (like a stand mixer or espresso machine) on the counter, make sure to clear off any unnecessary clutter or kitchen gadgets (like drying racks or toasters) before buyers come to see your house. 

  • Leaving up too many personal items. Many people use their refrigerators as a place to show off family photos and other personal items, like children’s drawings, or report cards. But those kinds of personal items and decor can make it harder for would-be buyers to picture themselves in the space, so make sure you remove any personal items from your kitchen, as well as the rest of your home!

  • Skipping a deep clean. Many buyers like to get into all the nooks and crannies of a home before they decide to make an offer. And even if your kitchen looks clean, chances are, there’s plenty of dirt and grime hiding in places like the grout, stovetop, and around the sink faucet. Before you list your home, make sure to have it professionally deep cleaned. (As a bonus? If you regularly cook at home, a professional deep clean will also remove cooking smells from the space, making it more appealing to buyers.)
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