Staging Your Kitchen and Dining Room: Tips for Home Sellers

How to Stage a Home to SellThe kitchen is the heart of the home, and the dining room is like an extension of the kitchen. Making your dining room and kitchen more inviting for home buyers can help you sell your property and may even lead to bigger offers. Completing upgrades, cleaning thoroughly and lighting up both rooms are small ways to make your property more attractive for potential buyers. 

Make Smart Upgrades 

Months before you put your Plymouth home on the market, make smart improvements to your kitchen and dining room. These small projects require no real home improvement expertise and can be done easily on a small budget.   

  • Paint the walls. Paint your kitchen and dining room walls with the same color, or with two different colors that complement one another. This will create flow and a sense of connectedness between the two rooms.
  • Replace old fixtures. Old light fixtures can get grungy while old plumbing fixtures may become stained with hard water. Fixture replacement can make your kitchen and dining room look more modern and clean. 
  • Refinish the cabinets. Old cabinets have a way of becoming scratched and greasy. Cabinet refinishing can be done over a weekend and can make your cabinets look like new.
  • Knock down a wall. Open floor plans are very popular now. Knocking down a non-load bearing wall between the kitchen and dining room is a relatively easy and inexpensive way to modernize your kitchen and dining room. 
  • Make repairs. Fix everything that might be broken in the kitchen and dining room. From drippy faucets to noisy ceiling fans, these repairs should be done before the house is put on the market. 

Start home improvement projects, whether major or minor, months before the house goes on the market. This way, if something goes wrong with the projects, you’ll have plenty of time to get your Carver, Minnesota home in proper working order before listing the house for sale. 

Clean Everything From Top To Bottom

Dirt can be distracting, so everything needs to be cleaned thoroughly before the house is seen by buyers. Dust all decorative dishes, plants, ceiling fans and other objects. Use a grout cleaner to remove stains in the grout between tiles. Clean all windows with equal parts vinegar and water. Sweep, mop and clean the floors completely. 

Let in the Light

Abundant natural light is important for making your dining room and kitchen look cheerful and spacious. To let in the light, remove heavy drapes and leave up sheers. Clean the windows and remove outdoor obstructions (like large shrubs) that might darken the space.

Set the Scene

Setting a scene in the dining room and kitchen can help buyers imagine living in the home. Set a few places to eat at the dining room table with plates, forks, spoons, cloth napkins and wine glasses. In the kitchen, leave out a pitcher of lemonade or green tea with some disposable cups so potential buyers can help themselves.  

Contact Your Real Estate Agent

An experienced real estate agent will know what needs to be done in order to stage a kitchen and dining room. To get started with the home staging process, contact your real estate agent today. He or she can make suggestions that can help you get started. 

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