The first part of myÂ Home Staging Series, take note of a few of these staging tips that are sure to make your house stand out!
Your bathroom area is probably the second most important space to potential buyers. Â For one, because they can be costly to renovate. Â Secondly, because we spend a great deal of time in there. Â Lastly, because the cleanliness of a bathroom often reflects how well the owner cares for the rest of their house. Â Buyers want to see a clean, orderly, and well functioning space. Â Most sellers donâ€™t want to invest a lot of money into repairs and renovations when they are about to move, so the next best thing is to freshen up where you can and clean, clean, clean. Â Now you donâ€™t have to learn the art of towel animals or lay out monogrammed paper goods, but just a few key steps can go a long way.
Doing the prep-work:Â Cleaning, clearing, & repairing. Â In addition to your regular cleaning schedule, make sure you take note of these areas as well. Â For a great in depth cleaning schedule, be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page.
- Freshen up your grout lines. Â Two of my favorite sites with recipes, tips, and methods are:Â TipNutÂ &Â Ask Anna.
- If you have glass shower doors, scrub away that scum. Â I donâ€™t have a glass shower door, so I canâ€™t vouch for these methods but they are worth a shot. Â The first fromÂ Real SimpleÂ is to use your basic dryer sheet.Â The second comes from bloggerÂ Kissed by a Frog. Â She swears by her lemon recipe and her photos sure do speak for themselves. Â If you have a fabric shower curtain, wash & dry as usual.
- Remove exhaust fans & light fixture covers forÂ cleaning. Â Replace.
- If you have wallpaper that has seen better days, youâ€™re better off taking it down & re-painting. Â Hereâ€™s oneÂ step by step guideÂ and alsoÂ 5 great tips & tricksÂ on the best ways to strip it down. Â I know, probably not the best news you want to hear but no buyer wants to step back a decade (or twoâ€¦ you know who you are). Â Of course, this is just for those with dated or ripped/sagging papers. Â Wallpaper itself isnâ€™t the enemy. Â =)
- Fix, unclog, repair any and all plumbing problems. Â Before you go calling a plumber, Martha is to the rescue. Â Take a look at some of herÂ basic plumbing solutions.
- Optional, but sometimesÂ necessaryâ€¦ changing out the cabinet hardware. Â Itâ€™s quick, easy and affordable. Â Sometimes this is just the solution to giving your cabinets that face lift they so desperately need. Â Any local hardware store will have basic hardware options that will do the job.
- Lighting is key. Â Make sure you are using the correct wattage for your fixtures and donâ€™t have any burned out bulbs.
- Remove prescriptions from the bathroom. Â Not only is it free access to personal information, but theft is something to think about as well. Â Store them in an alternate, but safe location.
- Clean up the surfaces and clean out the cabinets. Â Surfaces should be clear of clutter (lotions, toothbrushes, shampoo, etc). Â Cabinets should be void of everything but immediateÂ necessityÂ (blow dryers, clippers, towels, etc). Â Store items like your shampoos, toothbrushes, lotions away in your newly cleaned out cabinets. Â Out of sight, out of mind. Â Baskets are a great way to store your dailyÂ necessitiesÂ under cabinets. Â That way you can grab them and leave them out on the counter for day to day, but quickly stow away for a showing.
Your Shopping List:Â Â Optional of course, but every bit helps. Â Plus, all of these items can be taken to your new home. Â Win, win!
- Towels, rugs, wash clothes (white or off-white is usually the best way to go to give a fresh look).
- FragrantÂ candles (various sizes).
- Green plants (real or fake, however you prefer).
- Glass containers to showcase cotton balls, q-tips, etc. Â Save on CraftsÂ has great prices online.
- Wooden or bamboo tray.
- Woven baskets (small enough for storage in cabinets).
Staging Your Bathroom: Â The day before or morning of a showing, make sure you take these key steps.
- Layer your fresh towels on your racks. Â Largest on bottom, with the smaller layered on top. Â Add a scented dryer sheet between the layers to add a touch of softÂ fragrance.
- If you bought fresh rugs, place those down. Â If you didnâ€™t want to buy new, but only have your old ragged ones, itâ€™s better to throw those out/stow away and have nothing.
- Create a display with your candles & jars on a nice tray either on your counter or near the bathtub (if you have the space there).
- Place a small potted plant (such as a single orchid) near a sink or corner of a tub.
- Make sure your counters are still clear and void of any personal cleaning products. Â If you choose to display your products in glass containers, leave those out for display (such as hand soap).
- Lift blinds, shades to allow natural light in.
- Light candles.
Extra tip: Â CurblyÂ has some great cleaning checklists for every room in your house. Â From daily duties to the deep clean, be sure to visit their page and follow instructions on how to download your own copies. Â Itâ€™s a great checklist to review before each showing as well as on a day to day basis.
REMEMBER:Â IfÂ youâ€™re local to NW Oklahoma (Selling a house in the Enid Metro), I have some great news for you! Â As a Designer/Realtor, I offer home staging included with all of my listings. Â So youâ€™re welcome to read through all of this handy information, but weâ€™ll work together to get your house prepped, staged, and sold in no time. Â Be sure to look through myÂ Sellers InformationÂ & myÂ Home StagingÂ page for a little more about the process and how weâ€™ll work!