DIY Kitchen Staging Checklist

A kitchen can make or break the sale of a home and a little extra effort and elbow grease helps offers come flooding through the door.  Run through this checklist to make sure you haven't missed a thing when it comes to readying your kitchen for the center stage. 

Glance through this list to ensure your kitchen staging is complete:


  • Dirty towels and oven mitts.
  • Anything you don't use on a daily basis.
  • Small appliances. (Store them within cabinets.)
  • All family photos, collections, and personal items - especially from the refrigerator.
  • Conidment and spice racks.
  • Extra shelving, which implies there isn't enough cabinet space.
  • Wallpaper, wallpaper border, or stenciling. (Repaint for a fresh, clean look.)

Keep Clean

  • Stove top, oven, burners, overhead fan.
  • Large appliances like refrigerators and freezers - even inside!  Buyers will open them, especially if you're including the appliances in the sale.
  • Floors, walls, baseboards, and windows.
  • Garbage containers.  Empty them before showings and open houses.
  • Light switches and fixtures.
  • Sink.

Replace or repair

  • Faucets.  Check for leaks, grit and cracked seals, and low water pressure.
  • Dated light fixtures.
  • Dated countertops.

Before an open house or showing

  • Add a fresh flower arrangement or bowl of fruit (no bananas).
  • Open the blinds and drapes.
  • Remove leaves in tables to create more space.
  • Turn on all lights.
  • Clear off the countertops.

For a comprehensive kitchen or whole-house staging plan specific to the home you're selling, Get Started today with a Staging Service from Stage My Listings.

Watch this video from ExpertRealEstateTips' YouTube channel for more kitchen staging tips.

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