Selling Your Markham home requires a lot of effort and hard work. You want to create a home that is clean, tidy, and up-to-date — basically a house that potential buyers will love. When staging the kitchen of your home, you must pay particular attention to detail. There are certain things you can do that will hurt your chance of a sale and discourage potential buyers. Here are several kitchen staging mistakes you don’t want to make.
1. You Don’t Clean Your Markham Home Well
Cleaning is one of the easiest and cost-effective ways to make a big impression on potential buyers. When a home appears clean and tidy, it gives off the impression that the house has been well cared for and properly maintained for years. Don’t just wipe off counters and sweep the floors either. Instead, take the time to wipe down kitchen cabinets and backsplash, clean the oven, wipe down baseboards, etc.
2. Don’t Clear off the Counters
The kitchen is one area of your home where buyers will pay particular attention and this means you want it to truly shine. You want to create a kitchen area that appears large and functional. One way to do this is to clear off your counters. Ideally, you want less than five items left on your counters. These items could include a microwave, knives, coffee machine, etc. If you do choose to keep appliances on your counters, make sure these appliances are clean and in pristine condition. Old and well-used appliances can become an eyesore and take away the look you desire.
3. Your Kitchen Appeals to Your Style
If you are considering painting or updating certain areas of your kitchen, you want to choose colors, appliances, products, etc., that are popular, rather than your favorite design trend. This is because your favorite style and color may not be what many buyers love. If buyers feel like they must redo the look of the area prior to moving in, they will likely pass on your home. You want to choose a very neutral design and color scheme that appeals to many potential buyers.
4. You Don’t Focus on The Hidden Details
When staging the kitchen, you can’t simply focus on what meets the eye. You must also pay attention to the hidden details such as inside cupboards and drawers, in the pantry, the oven, etc. As potential buyers walk through your home, they will likely open random cupboards and drawers, walk into your pantry, open your oven, and more. You want to make sure all of these areas are clean and well organized. If you are going to spend some time prior to selling your home decluttering and packing, the kitchen is an excellent place to start.
If you are thinking about selling your Markham home, contact real estate agent Martin MacFarlane. He can answer your questions, help you make tough decisions, and provide a home-selling experience that you are sure to enjoy.