In many cities, the real estate landscape has turned in favor of the buyer. If you plan to sell your home in 2016, competition may be fierce. This means your property needs to make a five-star first impression. When you have only a moment of a potential buyer’s attention, dirty, dated and drab just won’t do.
Most people focus on kitchens and living room spaces when staging a home, often overlooking one key feature that could make or break a sale: the bathrooms. Buyers look to these spaces for cleanliness, functionality and style.
Think you need to remodel? Think again. You can stage your bathroom on a budget with these five expert tips.
1. Freshen walls
If you have tile, it’s time to scrub that grout. Mold-filled grout is an instant turnoff, no matter how nice the rest of the room is. Take time to clean grout and soap scum until those tiles shine. For standard walls, a fresh coat of paint in a calming color like sea foam, gray or soft yellow will evoke the essence of a spa. When in doubt, remember neutrals are timeless.
2. Invest in new towels
When you step into a hotel bathroom, the crisply folded linens instantly add a touch of luxury. Take note and invest in new towels, washcloths and rugs. Go one step further and get a new shower curtain to add a stylish finishing touch.
3. Cut clutter and organize
Remove everything but necessities from the vanity top. Artfully display essentials like soap and cotton balls in beautiful containers, then move to the the drawers and cabinets. Yes, buyers will be looking there to ensure the spaces work for them. Therefore, throw away or donate everything you don’t use and then add chic drawer organizers to contain the rest.
4. Let there be light
Light fixtures in bathrooms take a beating. In addition to dust, buildup from steam and personal products like spritz cologne or hair spray create a film that dulls the light. Use a microfiber cloth soaked in a mixture of warm water and mild detergent to clean fixtures thoroughly. If you can’t remove the fixture to clean it, be safe and always turn the lights off first.
5. Infuse sensational scents
A clean bathroom should already smell fresh, but you can further enhance the space by strategically using aromatherapy. Candles, sachets or a few drops of essential oil on a cotton ball provide simple ways to make a positive impression. Broadly appealing scents include sweet orange, lavender, chamomile and citrus.