Home staging is an art in which a professional creates an ambiance in your home. The ambiance is one that encourages prospective buyers to envision their best lives in that home. The bathrooms are often a big selling point for potential buyers. Help your home put its best foot forward by staging your bathroom.
Remove the Clutter
The first thing a professional home stager will do is tell you to de-personalize your home – and that means getting rid of the clutter. If you're still living in your home, devise a new storage system for the bathrooms for when realtors are showing it. Buy attractive bins to stash your necessities. The goal is for each bathroom to look like one in a showroom when prospective buyers walk in.
Scrub Every Inch
In that vein, it's time for the deepest cleaning of your bathrooms. Scrub all the surfaces, especially the tile grout. Keep scrubbing until the surfaces gleam. Take a sniff of your drains. If there's any smell, deodorize with vinegar, boiling water or baking soda. Make sure the toilet is pristine. This is also the time for you to do any repairs, such as fixing leaky faucets or re-caulking around the tub.
Replace the Sink
Space can be at a premium in the bathroom. If any of your bathrooms are small, consider replacing a vanity-style sink with a pedestal sink. The slim lines of the pedestal make an attractive profile. More importantly, the pedestal takes up less visual space, making your bathroom appear larger. This is ideal for half-baths and guest bathrooms.
Paint and Re-Glaze
Bathrooms are sometimes places where homeowners experiment with designer paint. You want to get rid of that – remember, the goal is to de-personalize your home to attract buyers. Regardless of what style paint you have in the bathrooms, make them over with a fresh coat of neutral-colored paint before putting your home on the market.
Your bathroom tiles are another area for attention. If your tile is dated, you could replace it. However, that's expensive. As an alternative, Home and Garden TV suggests having tile re-glazed. The re-glazing process gives your tiles a fresh look.
Add Spa Accessories
While the goal is to create a blank canvas for potential buyers' dreams, you could stage your bathroom by creating a spa look. Hang fluffy towels and a white robe on a hanger. Place a scented candle on a shelf along with a decorative basket for pretty soaps. Look at pictures of spa bathrooms for inspiration.
Talk to a professional home stager like The Designer's Niche about how best to make over your bathroom for maximum return in sales.