Bathrooms say a lot about the cleanliness of the homeowner. Whether you like it or not, it is critical to keep your bathroom in pristine condition while your home is listed for sale. Here are a few ways to do a little home staging on your bathrooms.
Let's start with the basics. Clean, clean, clean! When you are done cleaning, clean some more. Really, I can not say it enough. Make sure the bathroom is super clean.
Have you ever stayed at a nice hotel? When you walked into the bathroom how did it look? Have you ever used a public restroom that was less than clean? I bet we all have public bathroom horror stories to share.
Think of the two images of a nice hotel bathroom and a dirty public restroom. Now look at your bathroom. How does it compare? Sometimes in our busy, everyday lives, we do not notice the dirt and grime that builds up on the surfaces around us. Unfortunately, the buyers will notice every smudge.
Let's start at the top. Look at the ceiling – is it clean? Does the ceiling need to be repainted or repaired in any way? Does the exhaust fan look OK and operate correctly? Are there any cobwebs up there in the corners? Do you see any mold or water damage of any kind?
If you see any mold on the ceiling or anywhere else in your bathroom or home, you must get this repaired immediately. Call a professional and get this work done now. This is one issue that can not wait.
If you need to paint the ceiling and the walls of the bathroom, get that done first. Choose a nice crisp white semi-gloss paint or a neutral color semi-gloss for your bathroom.
If the exhaust fan is not working properly, get the fan replaced or repaired now too. Exhaust fans are reliably inexpensive. You can pick up a basic fan for about $ 30 from your local home improvement store. If you are comfortable working with electricity, you can install the fan yourself. If not, hire a professional electrician to get the job done safely.
If you did not repaint the walls, are they in great condition? Carefully scan each wall for scuff marks, dings, and marks of any kind. Get the walls looking like new by cleaning or repainting.
Are there any windows in your bathroom? If so, make sure that they are spotless as well.
Let's drop down to the baseboards. Dust the baseboards and check their condition. Clean and repaint as necessary.
How is the floor? I suggest getting down on your hands and knees and giving the floor a good, thorough scrubbing with a stiff brush and a good detergent. Make them squeaky clean.
How are the cabinets? Give the cabinets a good wipe down with a wood cleaner and a coat of wood polish. Are the cabinets now clean and polished? Great!
Open the cabinets and pull everything out. Now sort through all of your collected items and dispose of those that you no longer need. Your goal here is to make the cabinets look roomy and not over-filled.
The counter-tops are the next stop in this overhaul. Scrub them and take a good look. Are they in good shape? Are they attractive? You may want to consider replacing 30 year old counter-tops with something that is more current and up-to-date.
The sinks, faucets, toilet, tub and or shower should be in great working order with no leaks or drips of any kind. If there are any leaks, call a plumber and get them fixed now.
It also goes without saying that the sinks, toilet, and tub or shower should be sparkly clean as well.
Now that the bathroom is super clean, remove as many personal items from the counters as possible. Think of that nice hotel bathroom again. That is what you are chasing for. Clean and uncluttered.
Consider adding a few decorative touches such as a nice piece of art on the walls or a small vase of flowers on the counter. Make sure the towels are great looking too.
When home staging a bathroom, most of the work will be simple elbow grease. Your home staging and cleaning efforts will pay off in the end with a fast sale.