New Hampshire Home Staging Tip For Sellers: Staging Kitchen Counters

By
Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations

Staging Your Kitchen Counters 

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in a home when it comes to appealing to potential buyers.  Today's buyer wants a home that is move-in ready and they want a kitchen that is spacious, functional, and with as many updated features as possible.  The higher your listing price, the higher the expectation will be for an ideal kitchen.

Regardless of your listing price, one of the fastest and easiest improvements you can make to your kitchen is to stage the counters.  

Most people have far too much stuff on the counters.  Start by removing everything.   I suggest putting paper towels and cleaning supplies under the sink, rather than leaving them by the sink.  Put all knives in a cabinet or drawer, rather than a wooden block on the counter. 

kitchen before and after

Counters with nothing on them are cold and boring so it's important to place some pieces back in strategic areas to add color and interest.

Start by adding a large item in the corner.  Decorative boxes, pottery, and cookbooks are a few suggestions.

Step back and look to see where color is needed.  One to three things per section of counter is generally enough.  Taking photos is helpful in determining where things need to be added. 

The key is keeping it simple and uncluttered.

kitchen before and after home staging

Painting the cabinets makes a huge difference.

 

Don't limit yourself to what was on the counters to begin with.  Shop your cabinets and other rooms of the house for interesting pieces.  Flowers, fruit and vegetables are a good choice.  However, it's important to keep them fresh. 

 items to use on kitchen counters

By removing all your stuff clutter, you allow potential buyers to see the features of the kitchen....to appreciate the finer details they otherwise would miss.

kitchen before and after

 

kitchen counters

Staging the kitchen counters is a vital part of preparing your home for sale! 

Comments (34)

Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Sharon you're exactly right when you say that the kitchen's presentation is very important to potential buyers.  Showing that it's a great place to entertain family and friends and using lifestyle cues will ensure that they "feel" what it would be like to live there.  Your photos are great illustrations!

Jul 20, 2013 02:57 AM
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Sharon, right on the money. 'The best you can do for your Kitchen' usually cost no money...just some cleaning and de-cluttering with bringing back some pieces that compliment over all appearance. I usually say :'take  everthing out and bring back one setting per 4-5' of counter top space'.

Jul 20, 2013 10:47 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Patricia:  Most sellers don't know where to begin in the kitchen when it comes to staging for sale....having a home staging consult can save them time and money!

Janice:  It is a shame how some kitchens end up being photographed for mls pics.  Such a costly mistake!

Debbie:  Yes they do eat up valuable counter space...it's best to stick with items that highlight and accent!

Bob:  I'm happy you found the post helpful!

Maureen:  I appreciate that, thank you!

Anna:  Thank you!  You are right, it can be done at no expense to the sellers.  And if they decide to go with professional help, the cost of a home staging consult is minimal!

Jul 20, 2013 11:18 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Wish you were in Baltimore.. This is such a simple concept but  makes a big difference.

Jul 20, 2013 01:27 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Sharon, the differences between before and after are really dramatic.  And, you make it look so easy to do.

Jul 20, 2013 11:08 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Margaret:  Probably the nicest thing you could say, thank you!

Gabe:  Thank you!  It can be very stressful for sellers to tackle this alone...having some guidance makes all the difference!

Jul 20, 2013 11:23 PM
Lloyd Binen
Certified Realty Services - Saratoga, CA
Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411

Hi Sharon, another terrific post and this time I won't show you a picture of my pottery-filled counter tops.  Looks like you're starting at the top of the kitchen and working downward?  Your suggestions are excellent, as always, and your photos illustrate the powerful impact of your ideas.  Good work.  My former stager liked groupings of three items with colors that she said "popped".  Red Chilis or colorful dry beans in a clear glass canister, for example.  

Jul 21, 2013 04:18 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sharon- Well done and suggested.  Many buyers head first to the kitchen, after all it is the control center for the whole house.  Buyers need to see the kitchen as a whole and all of the space without their eyes bouncing all over the place.  I also like the knives removed as a safety factor for the agents. 

Jul 21, 2013 04:33 AM
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Sharon...You have provided excellent examples of what you mean. Each set of photos shows the impact of paring down and chosing the right items to display.

Suggested.

Kate

Jul 21, 2013 01:44 PM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Sharon, great advice to shop the sellers cabinets for items that can be used to stage with. I find that most people keep their "best" stuff in boxes in a cabinets and never use them. It is usually exactly what we are looking for to highlight a feature in a room.

Your example of the canisters on the counter top to bring attention to the faucet is a perfect example of this technique. Great work Sharon.

 

Aug 27, 2013 10:04 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Lloyd:  I welcome photos of your pottery filled counters any day, LOL!  We stagers use the expression "popped" often.  It's a great way to express bringing something to life.  

Kathy:  The kitchen is one of the most important rooms and it's very important to create appeal there.

Kate:  Thank you.  I appreciate that!

Michelle:  I love shopping the cabinets and closets for accessories.  The sellers are usually quite intrigued and surprised at what I decide to use.  It's like a treasure hunt!

Aug 27, 2013 11:20 PM
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager

Hi Sharon,

Great advice for Home Sellers...  all of your examples highlighted the counter tops and I love how you added a little pizazz with the color.  Very well done!

Sep 16, 2013 01:45 PM
Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors

Great advice Sharon.  I am a big fan of less is more.  Showcase the cabinetry and countertops.  Create a lifestyle setting.

Jan 20, 2014 07:14 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Linda & Wendy:  Thank you!  

Jan 20, 2014 08:57 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Sharon ~  This post is a great tutorial for Sellers and their Realtors.  It's easy for those with a good eye. Other may need the assistance of a local stager.

Mar 26, 2014 01:05 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Sharon:  Thank you!  Hopefully it will help them understand what needs to be done to improve the appeal of their kitchen!

Mar 26, 2014 02:41 AM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

This is one area that we pay particular attention to. We are trying to hide the electrical outlets and allow the back splash to take centre stage. We also use cook books to amp up the particular marketing appeal in any given market. Great post, really great examples.

Apr 06, 2014 06:55 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Michelle:  Thank you!  People are always so surprised at what I pull out of their cabinets or closet to use on the counters.  

Apr 07, 2014 09:53 AM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

We always suggest that the home owners put away anything that says"work" and keep out the lifestyle items. Your pictures are great examples of this very idea Sharon.

 

May 25, 2014 09:31 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Michelle:  Thank you!  Suggesting they put away "work" and show "lifestyle" is the way to go!

May 25, 2014 12:24 PM