Five Easy Steps to Stage Your Kitchen

Real Estate Broker/Owner with RE/MAX of Great Falls

Here are some Great Tips from Chris Ann on Staging your Kitchen. 

When you have a house to sell you can never do too much to prepare it.

Original content by Chris Ann Cleland VA License # 0225089470

Five Easy Steps to Stage Your Kitchen

In a previous post you learned the five easy steps to stage your bathroom.  In this post you will learn the five easy steps to stage your kitchen.   Follow these posts to get the most money you can out of the sale of your home.


Clean is the first step in most staging adventures.  In kitchens, the counters should be cleaned, and if they are granite, polished.  Floors, sink and appliances should also be cleaned.  And don't forget the windows!


Take away most items you use daily from the kitchen counters.  It's a pain, but it makes the counter space appear larger.  Items to stow away include dish drying racks, knife blocks, juicers, blenders and so forth.  And a huge item to declultter will be the refrigerator itself.  Remove all miscellaneous papers held by a magnet and then remove the magnets.


Make sure that the kitchen sink is not filling with dirty dishes.  Keep it empty and clean.  Same with the other items you've cleaned and decluttered.


Just like in bathrooms, area rugs may be useful, but they break up the contiguous flooring, making the space appear smaller than it is.  The idea of staging is to make things look as large and inviting as possible.


There are some items that are great to add to the kitchen so that it doesn't look stark and univiting.  A spice on the counter.  Perhaps a cookbook in a decorative holder.  And if you have an eat-in kitchen, setting the table in a decorative fashion can be great.

While it is not a staging tip, one word of caution about cooking while your home is on the market.  If you must cook, make sure you clean up after yourself and maybe burn a neutralizing candle as you do cook.  Stay away from cooking items like fish, for instance, that have strong odors.  For every dinner smell that someone loves, there is someone out there that doesn't like it. 

Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker- Licensed in Virginia, GRI, SFR, Northern Virginia Short Sale Specialist. Affiliated with Long & Foster, 7526 Limestone Drive, Gainesville, VA 20155.  To contact Chris Ann, call 703-402-0037 or email  Or you can visit her website:

Header is a combination of photos, taken by Chris Ann Cleland, of various listings and neighborhoods in the Bristow-Gainesville-Haymarket area. 

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Comments (3)

Cameron Novak
The Homefinding Center - Corona, CA
Featured Corona Real Estate Agent Team

You know you lost most of the home sellers with the first tip?  It's amazing how many homes you see where there is a mess in the kitchen.

Thanks for sharing,
Corona Short Sale Agent

Sep 13, 2011 08:46 PM
Bernadine Hunter, SFR, ACRE
Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty - Pickerington, OH
"Finding Solution to Your Real Estate Needs"

This is all great advice that deserves repeating. I will save this and pass on to my sellers. Thanks for posting.

Sep 13, 2011 10:21 PM
Terri Poehler
Realtor - Coral Springs, FL
Coral Springs Real Estate Agent

This is great advice. It's the hardest room to keep staged!

Sep 16, 2011 12:48 PM