Whether it be a small 2-piece powder room or a full-size spa-like luxury bathroom, one thing remains the same; your bathroom has a significant impact when selling your home, make it shine!
Every surface should be wiped and must be sparklingly clean. Polish everything that is supposed to be shiny and scrub watermarks, soap scum and any stains in the sink, toilet, and tiles. Re-caulk the tub, for a clean look, if necessary. Don’t forget the hard to reach areas behind the toilet and under the sink. Cleaning is of utmost importance because nobody wants to see a dirty bathroom. Don’t forget the vanity mirror!
If your bathroom has a shower curtain, chances are it’s starting to grow mold along the bottom. But even if it’s not, soiled or stained, it’s still a good idea to get a new shower curtain. White or neutral fabric curtain works best. Avoid using patterned or themed bath curtains as it can quickly overwhelm this already small space. White fabric curtains which mimic the spa-like feel is always a safe choice.
No one wants to see your personal hygiene products. When selling, clear every surface of all your daily care products. Leaving stuff on show distract buyers as they start to look at your lifestyle and not the room. Invest in some small tote containers or wicker baskets, one for every member of the household. Keep the usual toiletries in these baskets (in a separate room) and only take them to the bathroom when needed. This will help keep your bathroom clutter-free while your house is on the market.
If the tiles are in excellent condition and the colour works, give them a thorough scrub, to remove built-up grease and grime. If the grout is in good condition but discoloured, then use good old bleach & a toothbrush to bring the whiteness back (wear protective goggles & gloves) or use a grout pen to restore the whiteness. But if the grout has cracked and fallen out, pay for a tiler to re-grout; it will make the tiles look good as new.
Use new towels, and don’t use them! You can never go wrong with white towels it looks clean, crisp, and works every time. If you have a counter, add apothecary jars in different sizes and shapes filled with shells, cotton balls, or bath salts to accessorize. Also, a basket filled with rolled-up towels makes a bathroom look inviting and contributes to that spa-like feel.
Lastly, NEVER use the rugs that fit around the base of the toilet, you know the ones that come with a matching decorative toilet seat cover too! It looks dated and it’s not hygienic.
Is a Canadian Certified Staging Professional. His professional affiliations include the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) and the CSP. He is the recipient of numerous home staging awards and was picked as RESA’s Top Professional Stager of Canada for 2016. He has worked with hundreds of Real Estate Brokers, Investors, Real Estate Agents, and has helped homeowners showcase their homes at its best when it is time to sell.
As President and Principal Stager of REDESIGN4MORE, Red provides home staging and interior redecorating services for both small and large-scale residential projects throughout Toronto and the GTA. Click here to learn more about Red and REDESIGN4MORE.
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