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Monday, October 9, 2017

6 Secrets of Bathroom Staging

Your kitchen and master bedroom might be your top priorities when staging your home, but don’t overlook your bathroom(s). A bathroom that reminds buyers of a relaxing spa can go a long way towards shaping their feelings towards your house. And fortunately, transforming your bathroom into an oasis of calm doesn’t require a huge budget.

Here are six tips that will help you display your bathroom at its best:

It’s Better to Invest in Minor Updates Rather Than Major Renovations

Unless your bathroom is in seriously bad shape, you probably don’t need to sink thousands of dollars into a full remodel. Instead, take stock of the little things in your bathroom that look worn out or old-fashioned, and then replace them. Popular candidates for updates include sink taps, towel racks, towels, cabinet hardware, and shower curtains.

You’d be surprised just how big a difference it makes to do something as minor as switching out your towels. In fact, you may want to invest in a set of towels solely for display so that they remain in pristine condition. You can always enjoy those new towels once you sell your house and move into a new one.

Greenery Helps (In Small Doses) 

Adding a bit of greenery to your bathroom can help liven up the space, but there’s no need to transform your bathroom into a tropical rainforest. Take a minimalist approach and add one or two pieces, such as a small aloe vera plant or a single stem of your favorite flower in a clear vase. Not sure what plant to choose? Orchids are a popular option for bathrooms and are likely to appeal to most buyers.

Countertop Décor Also Helps (But Less Is More)

As with plants, it’s best to keep countertop accessories to a minimum so that your bathroom doesn’t look cluttered. Choose a few decorative items (such as candles of different heights, a small soap dish, and a clean set of hand towels) and arrange them in groupings. This will help make your décor look purposeful, rather than making buyers think you’ve just scattered a few items across your counter.

Personal Items Must Be Out of Sight

You should de-personalize every room before showing your home, but this tip is especially important for bathroom staging. Remove toiletries from the countertop and shower, and place them somewhere buyers won’t see them. Other items you should keep out of sight include cleaning products, your bathroom scale, and magazines you might have on top of the toilet.

Bathroom Cupboards Aren’t Safe from Scrutiny

Storage space is an important consideration when buying a home, and prospective buyers may open cupboards and cabinets in your bathroom to see how much space you have. That means your bathroom storage spaces can’t just be where you toss miscellaneous items when you don’t know what to do with them. Keep your shelves well-organized and only about two-thirds full. Remove any prescription medications from your medicine cabinet and store them somewhere safe.

Neutral Colors Are a Must

Thinking about replacing your bathroom tiles, painting the walls, or switching out your shower curtain? Stick to neutral colors. Neutral shades—such as white, cream, or aqua—create a sense of serenity, and as a bonus, they can make small spaces look larger. It’s a good rule of thumb to keep your overall bathroom color scheme neutral and save the bright colors for a few small accessories.

If you’re looking for additional tips for staging your bathroom, your Realtor is a great resource. He or she will know what bathroom looks are popular with buyers and can make recommendations to help you improve your space.

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