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Part 1: Top 10 Inexpensive Small Bathroom Staging Ideas

November 22, 2010

Top 10 Inexpensive Small Bathroom Staging Ideas

Small Bathroom Staging Ideas

If your budget for getting your home in pre-sale shape is seriously strained, here are some inexpensive ideas for staging your bathroom when getting ready for showings. If buyers don't see an appealing bathroom they may deduct thousands of dollars from offer price or be too discouraged to make an offer. For these reasons it is vitally important to pay attention to your bathroom when your home is for sale.

Here is Part 1 of  the Top 10 Inexpensive Small Bathroom Staging Ideas.

1. Cleaner than clean

No one likes the idea of someone else's dirt. When staging your home roll up your sleeves, get out the gloves and clean every surface from top to bottom. Scrub down tiles, wash or change the blinds/curtains & shower curtains. Once you've finished cleaning, clean again and keep it clean. Don’t forget shower door frames where ‘guck’ collects, window sills, around light fixtures, baseboards and behind the toilet.

2. Carpets, seat covers, bath mats, be gone!

Carpets and bath mats may be soft and warm, but they hold onto moisture and odors. Remove them and replace carpet with tiles, bathroom grade wood laminate or a good quality linoleum. Those mats that fit around the pedestal of toilets and sinks look old fashioned. Those terry cloth covers that fit over the toilet seat lid - Don't!

3. Lighten up

If you have a window to your bathroom, clean it thoroughly, remove or clean the wire screen and raise the blind or pull back the curtains to let as much natural daylight in as possible. If privacy is a consideration then use removable opaque window film to allow maximum light in.

4. Get rid of your ‘stuff’

When selling, clear every surface of all your day to day care products. Personal stuff distracts buyers as they start to critique your lifestyle and not the room. Limit countertop décor to a hand towel and pretty soap dispenser.

5. Tile & Grout

If the tiles are in good condition and the colour works then give them a good cleaning. If the grout is in good condition but discoloured then use bleach & a tooth brush to bring the whiteness back (wear protective goggles & gloves) or use a grout pen to restore the whiteness. If the grout has cracked and fallen out then re-grout, it will make the tiles look brand new.

Related Articles:

Part 2 of Top 10 Inexpensive Small Bathroom Staging Ideas

Preparing A House to sell – Top 5 Staging Tips for Maximum Visual Impact

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