How to Stage Your Refrigerator When Selling Your Home
Cleaning, depersonalizing and staging a home before listing it for sale are some important tasks sellers should consider. This is because a clean and depersonalized space helps potential buyers envision themselves living in the home. But, staging your refrigerator? During showings, potential buyers will likely take time to look around the entire home to inspect its condition in full — this may include looking inside cabinets, under rugs and, yes, even inside the refrigerator. If you’re getting ready to sell your home, consider these staging tips for your fridge.
Clean the Refrigerator’s Interior and Exterior
You likely won’t want potential buyers to open up the refrigerator to be greeted by dried-on, sticky messes or foul odors. Kitchens are a big selling point for homebuyers, says The Balance, so it’s important to make sure it’s clean — and that includes the fridge. Take all of the items out of the refrigerator, as well as any removable drawers or shelves, and give everything a thorough wipe down. Be sure to scrub away stuck-on spills and clean up food particles that may have gotten into any nooks and crannies. If you need to eliminate unpleasant odors, spreading some baking soda or coffee grounds on a tray and placing it inside the fridge for a few days may help, says MarthaStewart.com.
Additionally, don’t forget about the exterior of your refrigerator. If you have stainless steel appliances, make the outside shine with a stainless steel cleaner (that won’t leave streaks behind), and take time to scrub away sticky fingerprints, recommends MarthaStewart.com.
To prevent messes from building back up in the refrigerator, clean up spills right away, before they have time to dry. MarthaStewart.com also says that wiping off the rims and lids of jars or containers before popping them in the fridge can help.
Declutter and Reorganize Your Food
After you’ve cleaned the refrigerator, it’s time to put the food back inside. While you’re doing this, look for any spoiled or expired food items and throw them in the trash. You should also consider moving nonperishable cans or bottles, such as soda or bottled water, to the pantry to free up room for items that really need refrigeration, recommends Good Housekeeping. To keep things looking tidy and organized, put leftovers in stackable, square containers (round containers typically take up more space), and use bins to organize similar items.
Depersonalize Your Refrigerator’s Exterior
When it comes to the exterior of your fridge, less is better, says Realtor.com. It’d be a good idea to store any personal items, papers and photos that were hanging on your fridge in a box. It can help buyers to better envision themselves living in the home and making their own memories.
A staged refrigerator may not be someone’s deciding factor when it comes to buying your home, but it can help you to leave a better impression on potential buyers. Remember these tips as you begin to clean so your fridge is ready for all the showings ahead.
Originally published on September 30, 2013.