House Staging Tips for Bathrooms
Bathroom doors covered in soap residue and dirty tiles can throw up a red flag for potential buyers. The impression left on them by bathrooms in your home plays a big part in assessment of how well the house was cared for during your ownership. An unclean or messy bathroom takes their eyes away from the potential of the space and creates a block when it comes to selling your house as quickly as possible. When it comes to house staging and bathrooms, The Laura Castillo Group can offer you some helpful tips to creating a bathroom that sells.
What is House Staging?
It’s common for home sellers to stage their home so that it’s more appealing to potential buyers. Typically, this involves removing personal items and replacing furnishings with those that have a broader appeal. Staging your home doesn’t have to be a time consuming or expensive task. There are plenty of ways to max out the potential of what you have and mix those items with fresh additions that bring new life to your house.
Declutter and Depersonalize the Bathroom
The first step to staging your bathroom is removing anything that could be considered clutter. This includes items that normally sit on the counters, back of toilets, or sides of the bathtub. Go through your medicine cabinet and remove personal care items and medications. Place these items in a box to be stored out of sight.
Get rid of old, half-empty bottles of shampoo, conditioner, bodywash, and toothpaste. Remove makeup items, brushes, and hair products. Keep in mind that having items sitting on bathroom surfaces can make the space seem smaller than it is and turn off potential buyers.
Remove old shower curtains, rugs, toilet covers, and worn towels. Remove toilet plungers and toilet cleaning brushes to an area that is out of sight.
Cleaning the Bathroom
Once you’ve decluttered and removed all personal items, you’ll want to begin cleaning the bathroom. Remove any soap residue and stains from the shower or bathtub. Remember to rinse with clean water once you’ve finished. Don’t forget to use a grout cleaner to clean any tiled spaces. If you have a shower door, pay attention to the tracks when cleaning. If you have a shower insert, remember to clean the edge around the top that is usually forgotten.
Take care to clean all faucets and handles well. These can be overlooked during regular cleanings and need a bit of attention. Use a clean, unused toothbrush that is designated specifically for cleaning to get in tight spots and behind faucet areas.
Clean soap dishes, towel holders, and any shelves. Wipe down the doors, baseboards, and the area above the medicine cabinet. Carefully clean around any panels on the walls such as those for light switches. Don’t forget to clean any mirrors.
Clean the light fixtures and make sure all the bulbs are replaced with bright, new bulbs. The lighting in a bathroom can make all the difference. You want the light fixtures to look clean and be in good working order.
Clean the trashcan and any clothing hampers. If possible, remove these from the bathroom so that they don’t take away from the size of the space. If you must have them in the bathroom, place them in an out of the way location.
Replace Worn Bathroom Items
We’ve already covered removing items like toilet covers and shower curtains. Replace your old shower curtain with a new one in a nuetral color. If your usual trashcan and clothing hamper look worn (even when clean), replace them with new ones.
Consider replacing the toilet seat with a new one if your current one is showing signs of wear. A new seat adds a clean look to the space and adds to the appeal.
Place a fresh bottle of hand soap beside the sink. Get rid of the half-used toilet paper roll and replace it with a new roll. Add a fresh handtowel in a complimentary color. These may be small things but when added together they create a bathroom that will impress potential buyers.
Adding Color and Decor
Bathrooms require a bit of imagination when staging. They are smaller rooms with little or no furnishings. It’s important to use the space to its full potential. Make sure windows are clean and unobstructed. Consider adding a small plant to add color and make things seem fresh.
A subtle fragrence is nice, but try to stay away from scents that may overwhelm. You may love the strong scent of cinnamon, but it may be a scent that is too much of a distraction for someone else. Keep this in mind when using cleaning products, as well. No one wants to walk into a bathroom that smells heavily of bleach.
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Don’t hesitate to call Laura Castillo for more helpful tips on how to sell your home as quickly as possible. You can reach her at 806-401-4217.