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If you’re like many people, you know that kitchen staging is very important when you’re selling your home. It’s one of the rooms buyers will use to gauge how they feel about your space – even if they’re not particularly interested in cooking – because the kitchen is often considered the hub of a home. That means you need to do what you can to make it as appealing as possible to as many buyers as possible. Here’s what you need to know.

5 Kitchen Staging Secrets That Can Help You Sell Your House Fast

Before you can stage anything, you have to clean it from top to bottom. You may want to hire a professional team to deep-clean your home before you put it on the market; that way, all you have to do is maintain it until you score a buyer. After that’s done, you should:

  1. Clear out your cabinets, drawers and cupboards
  2. Think about painting
  3. Tuck away sponges and dishcloths (and everything else)
  4. Add a shiny tea kettle to your stove
  5. Fill up a fruit basket

Here’s a closer look at each.

Kitchen Staging Secret - Clear out Your Cabinets

Kitchen Staging Secret #1: Clear Out Your Cabinets, Drawers and Cupboards

Buyers can – and will – look inside your cabinets, drawers and cupboards. When they do, they want to see ample space. That means taking out everything you haven’t used in 6 months or more, as well as organizing the things you use regularly. You don’t have to alphabetize your soup cans (but we’re not here to judge you if you do), but you should group like items, replace unruly bags with sealed plastic containers, and stack what you can neatly.

And as far as the kitchen appliances you haven’t used in a few months (we’re looking at you, waffle maker), you can put them in storage until you move into your new home.

Kitchen Staging Secret - Paint the Walls

Kitchen Staging Secret #2: Think About Painting

If it’s been a while since your kitchen has seen a fresh coat of paint, now’s the time to spruce it up. You should talk to your Baltimore County REALTOR® about colors before you break out the roller, though – he can tell you what buyers are looking for. You might also consider hiring a professional for touch-ups, especially if you’re not an experienced painter. Drips and smudges look sloppy, and they can contribute to a prospective buyer’s negative impression of your home.

Related: 5 staging tricks to help sell your home quickly

Kitchen Staging Secret - Hide Sponges and Dishcloths

Kitchen Staging Secret #3: Tuck Away Sponges and Dishcloths (and Everything Else)

When prospective buyers come to see your home, put away your dish sponge or dishcloths; find a good place to stash them under the sink. Your kitchen doesn’t need to look like a museum, but it shouldn’t look like you’ve been toiling away with a grubby sponge, either. Think about photos of great kitchens that you’ve seen in the past – you’ll notice that one of the things they all have in common is that they’re devoid of sponges and washcloths.

On the other hand, you’ll definitely want to put out a fresh dish towel, whether you have a small rack or you hang one off your oven’s handle. Invest in a new one for showings only, and put it away without using it when buyers aren’t taking tours of your home.

Kitchen Staging Secret - Add a Shiny Tea Kettle to the Stove

Kitchen Staging Secret #4: Add a Shiny Tea Kettle to Your Stove

A tea kettle is the perfect accent for any kitchen. Choose one that matches your appliances or pick something that offers a pop of color to add visual appeal to your whole space. Putting a tea kettle on the stove helps eliminate the need for other staging items, which can cause your countertops to look cluttered.

Related: How to stage a bathroom

Kitchen Staging Secret - Fill Up a Fruit Basket

Kitchen Staging Secret #5: Fill Up a Fruit Basket

For most people, a fruit basket on the counter is the only piece of kitchen decor necessary for staging. If you’re not into the idea of a basket full of shiny red apples or bright oranges, choose a recipe book in a holder, a jar of cinnamon sticks or a plate of freshly baked cookies to make the right statement to prospective buyers.

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