Home Staging Room by Room: The Bathroom
Home Staging bathrooms is where applying the three C’s of home staging is essential. When preparing a home for the Grand Rapids real estate market, bathrooms should be clean, clutter-free, and the wall color should be light and neutral.
Get out your cleaning supplies and start cleaning! In my years of home staging, I have encountered many dirty tubs hidden behind shower curtains. Please don’t make this mistake. Instead, impress buyers with a squeaky clean bathroom. Pay attention to every surface, nook and cranny, even inside the cabinets. Address any mildew or rust spots. There is a multitude of cleaning products on the market to tackle these common problems. For in-between cleanings I advise my clients to keep bathroom and glass wipes handy and to give their bathrooms a quick touchup each morning. You’ll be surprised at what a difference this makes and you may even start a habit!
Another thing to consider when it comes to clean is the bathroom towels. The bathroom may be squeaky clean but dirty, old, or mismatched towels can give the opposite impression. If this sounds like your towels it would be worth investing in a new set. Some people even go to the effort of having a set of towels that are for show purposes only.
No one likes this “C” even when it comes to home staging such a small room as the bathroom. Clutter can be found on your countertops, inside your shower, and in your cabinets. The first thing to de-clutter is your cabinets. Just like the kitchen, take everything out and only put back what is absolutely necessary. Box up the rest and you’ve started the packing process! Secondly, clear your countertops of all items. Find a spot in your almost-empty cabinets for only the necessities. Thirdly, tackle the shower. Keep out only what is used daily and stow any other necessities in the cabinets. For the finishing touch, place one aesthetically pleasing item on the countertop to help depersonalize such a personal space. Now, be proud of yourself and take a mental picture of your de-cluttered bathroom. Work hard to keep it that way and remind yourself that you’ll be on your way to your dream home soon.
Color choice is an important factor in small spaces such as bathrooms. Bold, dark, or bright colors tend to bring the walls in and make a space feel cramped. In order to achieve a roomier impression it is best to paint walls in a warm, neutral color. The exception to this is a powder room where a more formal setting is desired.
A great way to add color and interest to a bland bathroom is through temporary items such as towels and artwork. Shower curtains, towels, and artwork should flow with the color and overall tone of the bathroom. Neutral colored shower curtains are best. Keep in mind that temporary items should never be the main focal point in a house for sale. I had a client wanting to use white towels in every single bathroom. This is fine for some bathrooms but in a refined master bathroom with dark cabinetry and darker tones, a white towel would stick out like a sore thumb.
These three C’s of home staging can be applied to any room. Hopefully with this bit of advice, you will create a spa-like, relaxing, and depersonalized bathroom that is sure to impress potential buyers.