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Preparing Your Master Bath for Selling Your Home

In my last post I gave some tips on how to prepare your Master Bedroom for sale. Now let’s look at the Master Bath. I once again want you to think of the best 5 star hotel you’ve ever seen and remember it’s bathroom. What did you see? Not much! And that’s how your bathroom should be.

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Be sure to take out:

  • Makeup
  • Jewelry
  • Toothbrushes
  • ALL items from the shower including hanging caddies
  • Plungers and bathroom scales.
  • Toilet bowl  cleaning brushes (why do these sit out by toilets anyway? They are not decorations! That is a pet peeve of mine but I digress, ha)
  • Kleenex and extra toilet paper
  • Rugs, especially by the toilet, but usually everywhere unless  you have an extra large bathroom.

Once you have a much more empty space you can move on to the most important thing …...CLEAN! Squeaky clean. The cleanliness of your bathrooms is a tell tale sign to buyers about the rest of the home. A buyer may overlook something that is outdated if it is clean. So we are talking toilet, tile, grout, vanity tops, floor, tub, must be scrubbed and then scrubbed again.

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Repair cracked tile or grout. If your bathtub has major stains you may need to look at resurfacing it. Outdated or non-working fixtures are usually an inexpensive item to replace. The faucet should be shiny and in working order!

Check out your lighting. Does it need to be updated and is it bright enough? Light and bright in the bathrooms is a must.

Let’s talk color. You won’t find too many top hotels with color in the bathrooms. Light, white and tranquil is the look you are going for. A new fresh light paint color may be needed and the icing on that is fresh white towels. Don’t wash them and hang them out for your photos and showings only. They are your pretend towels for a bit and you can begin to use them in your new home.

 

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Now step back and see how the bathroom makes you feel. Calm and tranquil? Do you need a bit of accessorizing to add a touch of elegance. A small tray with lotions, a piece of greenery?

 

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As with all rooms, a useful tool is your smart phone. Take a picture of the room and look at it with an objective eye of what the buyer will see .

 

Taking A Look At the Amount of Furniture in a Room

On my previous blog discussing Furniture Placement, I talked about how furniture needs to float in a room. In order to do that, many times furniture pieces need to be removed.

When a Home Stager comes into your home there is almost always the suggestion to remove clutter. A key factor to a room looking cluttered isn’t just the little items but also having too much furniture. A room with too much furniture can look weighed down and smaller than it actually is. A buyer doesn’t know what to look at and there is not a key focal point for their eyes to land on.

Too many chairs

Many times I see too many chairs or too many large pieces taking up to much room.

One piece or many pieces may need to be removed and placed elsewhere in the home or placed in storage. The buyer needs space to walk around each room and easily see the fireplace, a built-in bookcase or walk to the window to see the landscaping.

 

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Furniture pieces that hold cherished collections such as curio cabinets and hutches are most often recommended to be removed.

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Not only does their removal open up the space but they are personal in nature. This curio cabinet in the corner on the left photo was not needed and your eye went to that versus the fireplace.

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This hutch and decorative screen on the left made the room feel closed in. Removing them opened up the room and made it feel more spacious.

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Letting a buyer see themselves in your home versus personal items that make them feel like they are in your home is so important.

If you need assistance with the furniture pieces that could be removed to assist in the sale of your home, contact a Home Staging Professional.

 

Selling? Furniture Placement is Key!

One of the things I look at closely during a Home Staging Consultation is furniture placement. It is an element that is so important in just about every room.

As I meet with people, there seems to be a common belief that in order to make the room look as large as possible, push all  your furniture back to the walls. That just is not true. I would say in 90% of the rooms at least some, if not all, furniture pieces should be floating in the room away from the walls.

 

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Living room areas should be arranged into cozy conversation groupings.  A definitive traffic flow pattern should be obvious to the potential buyer walking through your home.

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Whenever possible beds should  not be jammed against a wall, no matter how small the room, but rather have space to walk around them.

 

Office desks may also be best floating in the middle of a room versus pushed against a wall.

 

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Furniture arrangement isn’t easy. It’s one of the things my students struggled with as I trained them with hands-on exercises to become a Certified Home Stager. So if you need help with an expert eye please reach out to a professional Home Stager.