You want to sell your house and you have made sure each part of the house is bright and shiny. But did you make sure the bathroom has been staged to impress?
Perhaps one of the most difficult (read tedious) and time consuming part of selling a house is the staging. Making owners understand that staging a house does not mean “let the buyer see it’s lived in” can be frustrating but the look on their face when they see their house after the facelift is well worth the effort. I love my job!
So, let’s get down to tips for staging your bathroom. Before we start, let’s get a couple of things straight:
- Staging a bathroom to impress buyers means de-personalizing it, not personalizing it.
- Staging a bathroom does not have to be expensive.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s begin.
Bathroom Staging Step One – De-clutter
Take every movable item out of your bathroom and pile it up outside the door. This includes pictures, flowers, flowerpots, towels, toothbrushes and hairbrushes.
Bathroom Staging Step Two – Objective View
Take a third person view of your bathroom which means look at your bathroom like someone seeing it for the first time. What do you see?
Do the cabinets look dated? Why? It could be the color or the knobs. Are the walls painted a neutral color? We’ll have to change that. Perhaps paint the cabinets and walls in a neutral color like white or beige.
What about the bathroom sink and faucets? Are they clean of scratches and stains? Do you see any other signs of your use?
You’ll have to make sure you notice all of these things and much more.
Bathroom Staging Step Three – Scrub and Clean
Scrub, clean, paint, fix, replace everything that hints at your personal use. This will involve all the issues identified in step two. Repainting can be done quote easily without spending too much money on it. Bathroom fixtures, faucets and other items can be bought at your local Home Depo at cheap affordable prices.
By the time you are done, your bathroom should have every sign of having been used wiped clean. No one wants to see signs of your smoking in the bathroom in the form of nicotine stains on the walls or the roof. They want to see something that they can imagine themselves in, like a hotel bathroom.
Bathroom Staging Step Four – Decorate
This is the best part. Now that your bathroom has been scrubbed clean of every sign of personalization, you can now begin to add small details that make it look pretty and fresh. For example, Decorating Files has some great tips on towel storage in the bathroom that can be inexpensive and pretty.
A well thought out plan for staging a bathroom can help you save money, impress potential buyers and get a good price for your house. Do you have any tried and tested tips for staging bathrooms? Share them with us in the comments below.