A great read for those that are listed or getting ready to! This will make a difference when showing your house!  

Turn your bathroom from ‘ick’ to ‘ahh’

LINDA WHITE, Special to QMI Agency

First posted: Saturday, May 19, 2012 06:05 PM MDT



When staging your home’s washrooms, think about how you feel when you walk into a hotel bathroom: you know other people have used it, but that doesn’t mean you want any glaring reminders.

That means ensuring bathrooms are spotlessly clean and any “ick” factor has been removed.

“Start with the things that don’t cost money, beginning with cleaning,” says Connie Williamson of Serenity Redesign in Edmonton.

Make small repairs, such as leaky faucets and toilets; remove dated or worn wallpaper.

“If you have a small budget, invest in new fixtures and lighting,” she says.

“If you’re going to do some renovating, make sure it matches the character of your house. If the house is traditional, for example, now is not the time to go modern.”

Here’s a list of other dos and don’ts:

DO: Remove toilet plungers and cleaners, reading material, extra rolls of toilet paper and garbage cans.

“Remove anything that people will look at and think, ‘ick,’” says Christine Rae, founder of Certified Staging Professionals and author of Home Staging for Dummies.

“Remove fabric toilet tank covers and make sure toilet lids are down.”

DO: Tuck away personal items you use on a daily basis, including toothbrushes, razors and shampoo.

Avoid the temptation to cram everything into under-the-sink cabinetry — it will only become cluttered. If every member of your family uses their own set of toiletries, provide each with a personal caddy and store it discreetly in bedrooms while your home is on the market.

Wrong hands

Remember, visitors will open up bathroom cabinets (including medicine cabinets), doors and drawers. Find another place to temporarily store any items you’d find embarrassing (goodbye, hemorrhoid creams), as well as prescription drugs, which could fall into the wrong hands, Rae advises.

“Prospective buyers need to look in cupboards and drawers,” says Williamson. “As a general rule, I recommend removing 50% of what is there. The same holds true for linen closets, which should be stacked with neutral coloured towels.”

DON’T: Never rely on artificial home fresheners.

“Odours are subjective,” Rae says.

“Fresh air is the best smell, so your best bet is to open windows.”

Don’t forget to remove clothing hampers, as dirty socks, workout gear and other clothing may leave unpleasant smells.

DO: It’s best to make your master bathroom a spa-like retreat. “With today’s open-concept homes and our harried lifestyles, we crave sanctuary and the master bathroom is one of the few places to enjoy that,” says Rae.

While you can be adventurous with paint colours in powder rooms, choose a light, soothing hue for the master ensuite.

“Blues, greens and greys are great colours for master bathrooms,” says Williamson. As an added benefit, a fresh coat of paint promises a 110% return on your investment, she reports.

Gets attention

Williamson also recommends highlighting any architectural details — such as a corner or soaker tub. The eye is drawn to a room’s left-hand corner first so make sure it gets the attention it merits.

DO: Set out fluffy white towels and a green plant on the countertop or the toilet tank. Replace shower doors or a worn shower curtain with a fresh white one. Don’t forget to also replace the curtain liner, which becomes scaled with use.

“You can find an inexpensive fabric liner from the dollar store,” says Rae.

DO: Replace dated fixtures, such as faucets, lights, towel racks and toilet paper holders. Make sure shower stalls are scrubbed free of mould and mildew, replacing grout if necessary.

“Scrutinize the bathroom from floor to ceiling,” says Rae. “It has to look as pristine as possible.”