15 Aug 7 MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN STAGING A BATHROOM
The bathroom is one of the key areas to impress. It needs to be clean, neat, and spacious. When putting your property up for sale, don’t forget about the bathroom!
Here are 7 mistakes to avoid when staging your bathroom:
1. Dirty, Cluttered or Untidy Bathroom
Buyers cannot see past dirt and clutter. It’s extremely important that the bathroom be spotless clean. Remove anything that is “icky” — grime, mildew, and chemical residues on tiles; fabric toilet cistern covers and make sure toilet lids are down.
2. Getting too personal
The main purpose of staging a home is to create a neutral canvas for your buyers and help them visualise themselves in and their lives in your space. Remove anything personal to your family. Tuck away personal items you use on a daily basis, including toothbrushes, razors and shampoo. Remove toilet plungers and cleaners, reading material, extra rolls of toilet paper and garbage cans.
3. Hiding everything in cabinets
Storage is a major selling point, and cluttered shelves and cabinets can easily turn off your potential buyers. Resist the temptation of cramming everything into the bathroom cabinets. Buyers will open them up. Find another place to temporarily store these items. The rule of thumb is to remove 50% of the contents of your cabinets, and the linen closet should be stacked with neutral-coloured towels.
4. Outdated or tarnished door handles on bathroom cabinets
Updating cabinet hardware is an inexpensive way to update the look of your bathroom.
5. Worn-out fixtures
Make sure all fixtures, including faucets, lights, towel racks and toilet paper holders, are in good working condition. Replace them when necessary. Repair leaky faucets and toilets, if any.
6. Forgetting accessories
In staging your bathroom, appeal to your buyers’ aspirations. Create a spa-like experience in your bathroom. Purchase a set of fluffy neutral-coloured towels. Plants also add a freshness & softness to bathrooms. Place healthy bathroom-loving plants on the countertop or the toilet cistern.
7. Rely on artificial home fresheners
Odours are subjective, so don’t rely on commercial air fresheners. Fresh air is the best smell so your best bet is to open windows. Invest also in some attractive bath oils, scented soaps, natural candles that will gently infuse the air with a clean but not clinical smell.