As potential buyers walk through your home, they will pay particular attention to your kitchen area. This room in your Jacksonville home is where families gather and spend a significant amount of time each day. To ensure this room stands out and impresses all house hunters, you need to stage it well. Unfortunately, many buyers do not and make very basic staging mistakes. Let’s take a closer look at many common kitchen staging mistakes that you want to avoid.
You Don’t Clear Off the Counters
Cluttered counters will not help you sell a home. Ideally, you should have fewer than five items stored on your kitchen counters. These should also be items you use every day such as a microwave or knives. But, keep in mind that if you do choose to store daily appliances on your counters that they are clean and in good condition. Old and grungy appliances will stick out and be a horrible eyesore.
You Don’t Worry About Cupboards and Drawers
As you prepare your home for a showing, you must assume that buyers will open the cupboards and drawers in your kitchen. They want to determine the type of storage that is available in this room. If they open cupboards and it is messy and cluttered, it will give off a poor impression and they cannot envision the home with their own belongings. Prior to a showing, declutter all the cupboards and drawers in your kitchen. Begin packing many tools and cookware that you rarely use. Many experts suggest that you remove at least one-half of all belongings in each cupboard, drawer, and closet prior to home showings.
You Don’t Take Time to Clean
Cleaning the kitchen well is one of the first and most important things you should do when staging your home. And when scrubbing this room, don’t just focus on wiping down counters and sweeping the floor. Clean every inch in the space. This means scrub down — and possibly even paint — the baseboards and around door and window frames. You should also dust light fixtures and ensure all light bulbs are working. If you have curtains in the kitchen, wash them and put out new, clean towels.
You Don’t Care about the Appliances
Your oven, dishwasher, range, etc. are all big selling points in your home — as long as they shine. If they are old, outdated, and covered in grime they can actually deter potential buyers from your home. Before your showing, clean your oven, scrub your range, and wipe down your dishwasher. It is also recommended not to leave any dishes in your dishwasher as some buyers will look inside it. If there is a lingering odor in your dishwasher or other appliances, make sure to remove that smell as much as possible.
If you are looking for professional staging advice or are ready to sell your Jacksonville home, contact experienced real estate agent Krista Fracke to help you impress potential buyers and receive an offer that you love.