Bathrooms are one of the key rooms to focus on when staging for the selling market. Like bedrooms, they've become more than their names suggest, just places to bathe or sleep, they're seen as pamper rooms & havens of relaxation that mimic the hotel luxury chic many have come to enjoy.
However like kitchens, they are seen as expensive rooms to refit or redecorate. If buyers do not see a bathroom that appeal they will estimate it will cost thousands to refurbish and that will come off their offer price or else put the buyers off putting in an offer! For these reasons it is vitally important to pay attention to your bathroom when your home is for sale.
Here are my 'Top Tips' on staging your bathroom for the market.
1. Clean, Clean then Clean again!
No one likes the idea of someone else's dirt. The bathroom is a place where we remove all of our protective layers. When staging your home roll up your sleeves, get out the gloves and clean every surface from top to bottom. Scrub down those tiles, wash or change the blind, shower curtains. once you've finished cleaning … clean again and keep it clean.
2. Carpets, Toilet Mats & Loo Seat Cosys!
Carpets may be soft under foot but they hold onto moisture and odors. I really encourage everyone selling to remove them and replace with tiles, bathroom grade wood laminate or a good quality lino. Those mats that fit around the pedestal of toilets and sinks look old fashioned plus just imagine what may have splashed there over the years … I know that your viewers will be thinking this!
Loo Seat Cosys, those loopy covers that fit over the lid – Do not!
3. Let The Light Flood In
If you have a window to your bathroom, clean it thoroughly, remove the nets (so long as it's not clear glass) and raise the blind fully or pull back the curtains to let as much natural daylight in as possible. If privacy is a consideration then consider using a frosting film or paint to obscure the glass but allow maximum light in.
4. Clear The Clutter
Bathrooms can be like curiosity shops with all the personal care products we use these days. When selling clear every surface of all your day to day care products. Leaving stuff on show distract buyers as they start to see your lifestyle and not the room. Just remember 'Too Much Information' is not a good thing.
5. Tile & Grout
If the tiles are in good condition and the color works then give them a thorough scrub, to remove built up grease and grime. If the grout is in good condition but discolored then use good old bleach & a tooth brush to bring the whiteness back (wear protective goggles & gloves) or use a grout pen to restore the whiteness. If the grout has cracked and fallen out, pay for a tiler to regrout, it will make the tiles look good as new.
If your tiles are old fashioned in color or style then consider either painting over them with a special tile paint or consider tiling over them (sound tiles make a perfect surface to re-tile onto).
6. Mold, Mildew & Mustiness
There is positively nothing more unpleasing than walking into a bathroom that has any of the three in it. One whiff of mustiness, a patch of ceiling mold or a mildew bathmat or shower curtain and you will kiss the house sale good buy. If you've got mold, get to the root of the cause – check the vent is clear, repair the extractor fan or fix the leak causing it then repair and paint (use a mold inhibiting paint).
Mildew items like bathmats, old flannels, stained shower curtains & face cloths or damp mops and cleaning items should be tossed in the bin and replaced. Mustiness must be banned. Air your bathroom and do not dry damp towels, or other items, on the radiators.
7. Taps, Shower Heads & Hoses
These are prior to scale up and look unpleasant. Use a quality descaler and bring the shine back to those chrome or metal finishes. Shower heads and hoses can also look unappealing and collect grime over the years so remove them from their fittings and descale and clean them. Use an old toothbrush to really get into the nooks & crannies. If fittings are beyond cleaning, sometimes the metal has worn away, then consider replacing with fresh new fittings.
8. Other DIY Jobs.
As always finish off any maintenance that you have left such as refitting the broken shower curtain, light fitting, towel rail, shelves etc. Buyers will see unfinished DIY and knock hundreds of off the asking price as a result.
9. Attractive Accessories & Smells
Appeal to your buyers aspirations. After you have put away all of those everyday care products, invest in some attractive bath oils, scented soaps, natural candles that will gently infuse the air with a clean but not clinical smell. Purchase a set of matching towels that work with your color scheme. These towels are for show only, keep everyday towels to hand but only display the show towels during the viewing.
Plants add a freshness & softness to bathrooms. Buy healthy bathroom loving plants that are appropriate to the space you have. In larger bathrooms palms can work well, in smaller bathrooms 'Ivys' and 'Peace In The Home' may work better. What ever the plant they must remain in tip top condition.
10. Keep It Clean & Tidy
As with every room when selling your home, once it's presented then you need to keep it that way. This can be hard when you are living in the property, especially in the bathroom.
My advice is to invest in some simple wicker baskets, one for every member of the household. Keep the daily toilets in these baskets and only take them into the bathroom when using it. Stowe them away in a bedroom cupboard. Like wise with every day towels.
Be firm with everyone in the house and ensure that all take responsibility to keep the bathroom clean and ready for a viewing. Buyers love the idea of a brand new bathroom that no one else has ever used. If you do not have a brand new bathroom do all in your power to present the one you have 'As Good As New'.