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