When selling your home the first thing  you have to do is look inward. No, this isn’t a self-reflective thing. I mean look inward to the heart of your home: the kitchen. This is the room  that can make or break the sale of your house. Think about it, nowadays the kitchen is the room that sees the most activity. From morning  newspaper reads to entertaining friends, eating meals to finishing  homework, a kitchen is the beating drum of any home. So. How do you make  yours look irresistible to anyone who enters the threshold of your home? That’s easy… just keep reading!

1. Clean to the Core

Now, I’m not talking about a ten-second-tidy. The first (and cheapest) step to making your kitchen look fantastic is to give it a good clean. This includes washing the  floors, walls, countertops and cabinets, scrubbing every crevice until it sparkles. Wiping down appliances such as the fridge and oven – inside  and out – is also important. No potential homebuyer wants to open your oven and see last night’s dinner splattered all over the inside!

2. Be Bold and Go Neutral

A fresh coat of paint is another easy  solution to make your kitchen more inviting. Although bold colors are  great for living, they’re not as esthetically pleasing when selling. You don’t want to bombard potential buyers with overwhelming colors they  wouldn’t choose themselves. Go against your inner rainbow and stick with  a warm neutral palette like taupes, tans, and greys.

3. Accessorize!

Rather than barren countertops and an empty pantry, who not dazzle potential buyers with a Pottery Barn bowl full of plump, vibrant fruit? Or a trio of varying sized candles next to a cookbook open to your favourite recipe? It’s little touches like  these that make your kitchen delectably desirable and will help the  speedy sale of your home. And remember, when it comes to accessories,  three and five are the magic numbers!

4. Don’t OVER Accessorize!

Okay, I know this is contradicting to number three, BUT, it’s important. You don’t want to overwhelm your  kitchen with too many paintings or trinkets. It’ll just look cluttered  and that is a huge negative when staging your room. Better to adopt the  mantra “less is more” and select a few focal pieces to display. In  addition, make sure to hide all excess appliances as they can also add  to the clutter of a kitchen. A good rule of thumb is to display one or  two appliances. Like the coffee maker, because let’s be honest, that  appliance holds the highest of honors.

5. Zone In

On the topic of hiding your appliances,  make sure they’re not simply shoved into any old cupboard along with a  year’s supply of plastic containers and baking supplies. Potential  buyers will be checking your cupboards so it’s essential that they are  clean, organized, and logical. Should you choose to have items in the  cupboards, you want to create zones, or areas, for the different  activities that take place in the kitchen. You can have different zones  for prepping, cooking, baking, eating, and cleaning. This allows buyers  to envision themselves living and functioning in these different areas  of the kitchen.

6. Bring the Outdoors In

Flowers brighten any room. Have a  bouquet that compliments the kitchen and make it the focal point of the room. After all, who can say no to flowers??

7. Let the Sun Shine

Let in as much natural light as you can muster. It completely opens up a space and adds to the warmth and energy of the kitchen.

8. Kitchen 2.0

If it’s within the budget, upgrading  your appliances is a great way to revitalize the kitchen. And it definitely makes the room more visually appealing. Little touches like  putting new hardware on the cabinet doors can make a huge impact as  well.

9. Floating Furniture

You may think that pushing your  furniture up against the walls makes a space look bigger. But in reality, it just looks odd. Float furniture like the kitchen table and  chairs so that there’s a distinct “user-friendly” walkway throughout the space. This will also make the room appear bigger.

10. Leave No Magnet Behind

You’re moving on to greener pastures  and as such, your home should no longer feel like “your home”. It’s all about creating a mood for the potential buyers who come to see the  house. Can they envision themselves living there? Can they see their photos and cheesy magnets on the fridge? In short, pack up your family photos and box the tacky luau magnet from Hawaii you love so much  because in order for your house to sell, it can’t have your personality.

If you follow these staging strategies, your kitchen will be the talk of the open house. Good luck!