How to Properly Stage Your UBC Home’s Kitchen and Dining Area

Even with a red hot real estate market, the key to selling your home quickly is to wow them with their dream kitchen and dining room.  Getting them to imagine themselves in your home is the best way to create a bidding war or a quick sale. The best way to do this is to stage your home, but what does a properly staged home look like?  Here is a quick overview of how to properly stage your kitchen and dining area and some tips on how to stage these areas so that they are most appealing to buyers.

Clean it up!

Before welcoming prospective buyers to your first open house, make sure that you have thoroughly cleaned your kitchen.  This may sound like obvious advice but the quickest way to lose a home sale is to have an unappealing, dirty kitchen.  Make sure to not only wipe down your counters, but take the time to clean the top of your stove and the inside of your oven.  Also, remove all fingerprints and blemishes from your cupboards and any stainless steel appliances such as the refrigerator.  Make it shine!

Maximize Your Counter Space!

Once you are happy with the cleaning job in the kitchen, the next step is to remove all of your countertop appliances, spice racks or decorative items from the counters in your kitchen.  You want to highlight and really show off the amount of counter space that is available in your kitchen.  This cannot be done if your counters are cluttered with appliances.   

Selecting a Proper Centerpiece!

A key piece to any dining room is a centerpiece for the table.  Traditionally, a bouquet or vase of flowers is used but there are other less traditional centerpieces that are as effective and may be more suited for your home.  Instead of flowers, you may want to try a colourful bowl of fruit or a decorative candle display.  If you are unsure, seek a second opinion from your real estate agent or try different approaches at different open houses.

Make it Bright!

This next tip applies to not only your kitchen and dining area but to all rooms in your house.  Make sure that when you are showing your home, have all of the lights on in every room to present each room as brightly as possible.  In your kitchen and dining area, make sure that none of the bulbs are burnt out in the chandelier and that it has been properly dusted and cleaned.  If you have track lighting in your kitchen or dining room, position each individual light so that it casts as little shadow as possible.


These tips should help you highlight your kitchen and dining area and make your home much more appealing to potential buyers.  If you would like more advice or have questions about the Vancouver real estate market or listing your UBC home, please feel free to contact us at or stop in and see us today. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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