Seller Tip - Now Is the Perfect Time for a Coffee Bar in Your Charlotte Home

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Seller Tip - Now Is the Perfect Time for a Coffee Bar in Your Charlotte Home


I remember opening up our second office in the Ballantyne area a few years ago and being 100% certain that it has to have a coffee bar! We had a wide variety of coffees, creams & sugars and of course, mugs from which to choose to have your morning, afternoon or evening brew. I loved it and every customer or client that came through the doors, made mention of it too. Needless to say, the coffee bar was a big hit.


Setting the stage for Charlotte home DIY coffee bars


Speaking of bars in your home, I have noticed that since the onslaught of tons of local craft breweries, more and more homeowners, especially those with basements, have installed islands or bars with kegerators. When they are ready to sell their homes and setting up for tours, they leave pilsner glasses out with some peanuts or cheese & crackers, napkins and plates and a note, telling the perspective buyers to enjoy a glass of _____ (whatever the brew on tap is).


Every single time the sellers set up their bars for their guests, we get great feedback from the showing agents but, we do always have to warn them that serving alcohol in their homes could lead to potential liability issues. Now with that said, why not add a coffee maker or cappuccino machine to the bar and create a coffee bar?


DIY Coffee Bar in home to sell in Charlotte NC


To me, a home café makes me think of the comfy feeling of my favorite little coffee shop so, I created that same environment in my own home. My assistants love the addition and everyone always partakes during our meetings. 


A coffee bar is a great addition to have when friends and family stop by and fall is the perfect time of year to get started. A coffee bar gives your home that warm, welcoming corner café feel, whether it’s for you and your friends or for your perspective buyers touring your home. Here are some tips to get started:


    You know the flow of your home better than anyone - where will a coffee bar be most used? Does other furniture need to be moved to accommodate a corner cabinet to house the bar or a long table to serve the purpose of your very own café? If you’re soon to list your Charlotte home for sale, seek the advice of a home stager. Before you purchase any furniture, mugs colored coffee machines or even napkins or table mat, consult a stager. There’s no sense getting it all set up, only to find out different colors or textures or even location should have been used. I have amazing stagers, if you need their number!


Pick a spot for your home DIY Coffee Bar


    Sure, brewing a large pot of coffee at once can save a little time—but then you’re limited to a specific type of coffee instead of serving each guest his or her preferred drink. Investing in a single-serve coffee maker, like the popular Keurig or Nespresso machine, is ideal for achieving a personal touch. A lot of us consider ourselves ‘coffee snobs’ and may prefer not to use pods. If that is your hang-up, invest in reusable filter pods to fill with ground coffee and stock your coffee bar with a selection of different roasts - even flavored coffees - in small jars.


A coffee for everyone in your DIY home coffee bar


    There is a coffee variety out there for everyone—from light roasts to rich, dark roasts to caramel-flavored roasts. You should also consider keeping decaf options on hand, as well as different types of tea. And if you or someone you know prefers his or her coffee cold, there are so many cold brew coffees available - some that you can purchase pre-made but, there are plenty of recipes available to DIY cold brewed coffee too.


Charlotte home staging in preparation for listing your Charlotte home


    My sellers will tell you, I’m all about the presentation! Whether you’re setting up a DIY café for your family & friends or staging your home for buyers, pretty cups/mugs can add personality to your coffee bar. Coffee mugs and any linens used (napkins, table liner) can be chosen by your stager to add the perfect pop of color your room needs. If you prefer to use a variety, it can be especially fun for your guests to pick out their own mug. You can hang the mugs on hooks on the wall, on a rack, utilize a mug tree or simply line them up on the table/bar top. Keep the mugs one color or in the same color scheme if you prefer a more cohesive look or add a little more whimsical with a variety of colors, patterns and/or sizes.


DIY home cafe bar in Charlotte NC


    The word ‘condiments’ is what you call creamers & sugars but, it sounds so bland - so, let’s call them the ‘icing on the coffee!’ No coffee bar is complete without a variety of creamers, sugars and other ‘icing.’ You can leave them on a nice tray in their original cartons or provide cute, labeled bowls or jars. Either works just fine for your guests. Don’t forget to leave cocktail sized linen napkins for your guests as well.


Setting the stage/staging your Charlotte home for sale with a delightful coffee bar


However you create your DIY coffee bar, I suggest making it your own - have fun with it. I love the cozy, warm feeling of a coffee bar in the fall and winter months - it really does put a smile on my face and warms my heart!


© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | | Seller Tip - Now Is the Perfect Time for a Coffee Bar in Your Charlotte Home - Setting the stage - Staging your Charlotte home for sale with a delightful coffee bar

Comments (27)

Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

I had a conversation with an attorney at a Closing yesterday about coffee consumption, James Dray. He said he can drink absoultely no more than 2 cups in the mornings. I have no problem drinking it until after dinner! I love it and I love varieties - but, it has to be really good coffee!

Oct 17, 2019 05:15 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Debe Maxwell, CRS I have a dining room that no one uses....even if I say Let's Use The Dining Room!!!  they all want the kitchen.... 

I have a buffet with my dining room set...I could easily use that for a coffee bar... plenty of room....I had a sheet of glass cut to that size.... so it's easy to clean....and the wood doesn't get damaged...

I love this post....

Oct 18, 2019 01:43 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Ahh, thank you so much, Barbara Todaro! You're a cappuccino fan, so you know making a café bar for cappuccinos & lattes would be a big hit - and may keep some folks in the dining room. The smell alone would lure me!

Oct 18, 2019 02:23 AM
Marney Kirk
Cummings & Co. Realtors - Towson, MD
Towson, Maryland Real Estate

Debe, this is a wonderful idea! It is inviting and would make the house feel homey! And yes, the smell would be lovely too!

Oct 18, 2019 03:13 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I have numerous coffee makers but what I don't have is a special coffee bar. 

Oct 18, 2019 03:27 AM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I don't drink coffee.  Sellers often offer coffee to me when I arrive, and the realtor often brings coffee for everyone and I politely refuse.

Once a seller left a pot ready to brew with a note inviting me to enjoy their "wonderful" coffee.  I did not know what to do.  So, to be polite, I brewed the pot, poured out more than half, left a mug in the sink with a little coffee in the bottom, and a note thanking them saying it was indeed wonderful coffee.

What to do?!


Oct 18, 2019 04:02 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
NC Real Estate Transition & Relocation 919-602-848

Great idea Debi! I love coffee and always have it available if you visit my home. I like this idea. Enjoy your day!

Oct 18, 2019 04:14 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Great idea, and I'm sure there will be some coffee bars sprouting up all over the place soon!

Oct 18, 2019 04:51 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Love the photos and your cups/mugs if those are yours. What a great ida this is and I think it is something that could catch on in a big way across the country now you have launched it here on AR.

Oct 18, 2019 05:36 AM
Debb Janes
Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
Put My Love of Nature At Work for You

Agree about the liability issues. As for a coffee bar, great idea and I too enjoyed your photos. If that's your coffee bar, I'm sure your guests appreciate the attention to detail. 

Oct 18, 2019 06:44 AM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

I've been in hundreds of houses over the years, but one that stands out among the lot is someone who had set up a beautiful coffee bar with creamers and snacks and water for travelling. It was a delight at the time and I can still remember how impressed my client was at the owner's thoughtfulness.

Oct 18, 2019 07:23 AM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Debe, great idea! I will have to try it! It will be harder here, because we are largely a second home market. A lot of our listings are empty!

Oct 18, 2019 07:46 AM
Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Fun and different idea - particularly if one likes to drink a lot of coffee. I particularly think it's a nice touch for a real estate office.

Oct 18, 2019 08:45 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Can''t say I have seen any kegerators or the like, but we are seeing more coffee bars in the kitchen, including built-in units. Definitely has an appeal for the coffee drinkers. One house I saw had turned what appeared to be an antique cupboard into a pretty fancy coffee bar in the family room.


Oct 18, 2019 11:27 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS, I missed your post, however I saw the reblog by Roy Kelley.   This is a fantastic idea;  love it!  You share a lot of creative and inviting ways to successfully make this work.  Thank you!

Oct 18, 2019 02:24 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

What a novel idea!

My coffee pot is on all day - and I'm sipping all day. I guess my kitchen is my coffee bar.

As for guests - we have few out here in the woods, but I have one friend whose huband brings their coffee with them. They drink it strong enough to remove paint, so think of mine as "tea."

Oct 18, 2019 06:27 PM
Donna Quinlan
Keller Williams Realty - Newburyport, MA
Keller Williams Realtor & Career Consultant

Coffee bars are really in vogue now. I agree with you that presentation makes a difference, and I love yours!

Oct 19, 2019 05:15 AM
Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

That is something that I never got into - drinking coffee. With all the new varieties and flavors, I wish I liked the taste. I just can't see forcing myself to like something. People had to put lots of sugar or milk in the drink to mask the flavor LOL!! My daughter is even a Starbucks manager and I'd love to be able to try all the different items on her menu but, alas, it just isn't for me. However, this is a GREAT idea. If we had more office traffic, I would definitely vouch for adding one.

Oct 19, 2019 06:14 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I think that is a much better idea than a craft brew.  Liability is a no go for me to even ever serve wine at a broker's open.  Nope.  

Oct 19, 2019 02:08 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

This is really a great idea - I will save this to share with my sellers who have a Keurig or Nespresso - several of my listings are vacant right now....

Oct 22, 2019 05:05 AM