Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Home Seller Tips

Kitchens and Baths Sell Houses

Any real estate agent will tell you that kitchens and baths sell houses. Don’t miss the opportunity to impress your buyers. Make staging your kitchen and bath a top priority.

Part 1 of 2: Kitchen Staging Tips

Heart of the Home

A kitchen facelift helped sell this home in less than 3 months after it had previously lingered on the market for over 9. The techniques utilized here are easily adapted to your kitchen. The goals – present this space as clean, bright, spacious, and updated.

This kitchen had good bones. The cabinets were well made, appliances in excellent condition, and the floor and counters were a neutral white.

Even though the kitchen had ample lighting the seller complained the room had always been dark. This problem was easily fixed by removing the busy – and highly personal – wallpaper. A light and bright space had been hiding underneath all along.

Additionally, the leaf was removed from the table, all under cabinet appliances eliminated, counters decluttered, cabinet hardware updated, the chipped faucet replaced, cabinets polished, and the major appliances cleaned – inside and out – to look like new.

Knowing potential home buyers look inside cabinets, fifty percent of the contents were removed, and the rest neatly organized.

And the most important tip – clean sells. This applies to all spaces in your home, but especially kitchens and baths. Detail every inch of your kitchen like it was an expensive sports car.

A kitchen staging like this takes more elbow grease than money. The only costs were for a new faucet, cabinet hardware, and paint. Amaze yourself, your agent and your buyers. Infuse a little home staging to win over the hearts of house hunters.



Read Part 2 – Bathroom Staging Tips

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