Bathrooms are often overlooked in the home staging process. Most homeowners and real estate agents assume that a clean, uncluttered bathroom is sufficient for prospective buyers. But leaving it at that is a missed opportunity. Although bathrooms are usually the smallest rooms in a house, there are a number of ways to make them attractive and inviting to buyers.
The key is to go for a spa-like atmosphere with a few elegant touches. Not sure where to start? Here are the top 5 tips for how to stage a bathroom:
1. Declutter and depersonalize
It goes without saying that all rooms in the house should be spotless before a showing, and of course this is doubly important in the bathroom. In addition to scrubbing the bathroom clean, you'll also want to remove clutter and personal items from the countertops and shelves. This includes toothbrushes, perfume, and makeup. But don't just shove everything haphazardly into cabinets and drawers. Some buyers peek, so it's best to declutter and organize under sinks and in drawers as well. If the bathroom has a hamper, store it in a bedroom closet instead. Plush towels on shelves and fresh flowers on the vanity will help create the spa-like atmosphere that homebuyers love.
2. Freshen up the paint and caulk
You don't need to invest in a full renovation of an outdated bathroom, but applying a fresh coat of paint is usually a good idea. Choose a soft white or other neutral color to revamp the cabinets and walls. Remove old caulk and apply new caulk around the sink, bathtub, and shower to instantly brighten the whole room.
3. Mind your mirrors
A sizeable, strategically placed mirror will make any room feel roomier. If your bathroom has a window, the mirror will reflect the natural light and enhance the sense of airy expansiveness. Placing sconces on either side of the mirror can also help create a pleasing, spa-like atmosphere. However, not all mirrors are created equal. Plain, frameless builder's grade mirrors look cheap and unfinished. A framed mirror will provide a more elegant, polished look. Size matters, too. The mirror should be proportionate to the size of your vanity.
4. Simplify the decor
Themed bathrooms used to be popular, but these days most homebuyers don't want to see a nautical, tropical, or otherwise heavily themed bathroom when they view a home. Instead, stick with a few elegant accents, like framed black-and-white sketches of a beach and a shell-shaped hand soap. Or place a couple of candles around the tub and a vase of decorative reeds by the sink. Apothecary jars filled with cotton balls and loofahs are another way to add elegance without leaning heavily on a theme.
5. Add a few luxurious touches
Whether a home is vacant or still occupied, there are several quick touches you can add to a bathroom to instantly boost the luxury factor. Invest in a few brand-new, bright white towels, and instead of folding them, roll them and then stack them into a pyramid, a display common in many 5-star resorts. It's also a good idea to place a new soft rug next to the shower or tub, and replace a plastic shower curtain with a neutral-colored fabric curtain. If possible, you can even change out the bathroom fixtures-faucet, cabinet hardware, etc. -with newer finishes and designs to modernize the space.
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