We’ve all heard it before: bathrooms and kitchens sell houses! It’s a common saying because it’s true, and today’s buyers are pickier than ever about having a sparkling, up-to-date bathroom, especially in the master. Staging a bathroom might seem tricky (there’s no furniture!) but there are a few steps you can take that will instantly update your loo.
Got an hour? Then you’ve got time to stage your bathroom.
Well, this should go without saying, but a clean bathroom is the first step towards a staged bathroom! Give every nook and cranny of the room a deep scrub, and don’t forget the corners where hair and mildew can build up. Clean glass showers with a mix of baking soda and water if they’ve got hard water stains, and use a toothbrush to get around faucet bases and drains. If you’ve got a tube of clear silicone caulk lying around, consider replacing the beads between the pieces of your countertops and the backsplash for a really fresh look.
Declutter Big Time
Depersonalizing is particularly important in the bathroom…who wants to see what kind of mouthwash you use? Take everything off the counters to create a blank slate for buyers to imagine their own touches. If they feel too bare or are particularly large, consider adding a live plant (we love orchids because they’re clean and long-lasting) for a decorative touch that feels both fresh and luxurious. And don’t just stuff everything underneath the cabinets; buyers are going to open them! Try to leave the cabinets and drawers only ½ full so they don’t give off the impression of too-little storage.
Go All White
In bathrooms, especially where space is at a premium, replace everything you can with something white. Buy a couple of new fluffy, white bath towels to hang from the towel rack. Replace the colorful geometric shower curtain with a textured white one. Go with a white flower for the countertop or a grouping of white candles in the corner of a built-in tub. White resonates “clean” when it comes to bathrooms, and that’s the ultimate impression you want buyers to leave with.
Other quick ideas for freshening up your bathroom:
- Remove bath mats from the floor to open up the space (unless, that is, you have a terrible floor. If so, covering it with mats is a good strategy.)
- Leave the shower curtain open 1/3 of the way to give more depth to the room
- Leave a candle burning on the back of the toilet – just make sure its scent is fresh and clean, not flowery and overpowering
- To go one step above, switch out hardware, faucets, and showerhead for something more updated. Fixtures go a long way when it comes to making a room feel more modern.
There you have it! Staging a bathroom doesn’t have to be an all-day affair and remember, less is always more.