Tips for Staging Kitchens and Bathrooms When Selling

Curb appeal may bring potential buyers to the door, but it’s the living spaces inside that sell the home. Many sellers focus on making sure that the living room and den are clean and inviting, but don’t forget kitchens and bathrooms, two areas where remodeling is often expensive. For buyers, a clean, modern, well-laid-out kitchen is a major feature. Bathrooms are also a consideration, because they contribute to overall happiness in living in the home.

1. Clean it once. Then clean it again. The first rule of staging is always making sure that the house is clean, and this is especially true of kitchens and bathrooms. When you are living in a home and using it daily, it can be a challenge to keep these areas clean, but cleanliness tends to be the No. 1 thing people are looking for. Start with a thorough deep cleaning, and then wipe down everything after each use. Even something as simple as toothpaste spots on a mirror can give a potential buyer the feeling that the home is grungy. If you have stainless steel appliances, keep them gleaming and fingerprint-free.

2. Smells be gone! Smell is often the trickiest thing to detect in a home, because your nose adapts so quickly. But new people coming into your home will notice smells instantly and may be put off. Keep an air freshener in each bathroom, preferably one that regularly releases a good, clean scent. Stay away from heavy fragrances; aim for light scents that won’t make it appear that you are trying to mask something. Scents with names such as “fresh laundry,” “clean air,” “ocean breeze,” or “citrus” will leave your rooms smelling good but not overly perfumed.

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