This guest post is by Agent Ace.
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Planning to sell your home? In addition to working with the most experienced agent in your neighborhood proven to consistently sell homes for more money, you should plan to make a few upgrades, too. This can also help to instantly up your home’s value. Simple changes to your bathroom can help buyers view your home as an irresistible sanctuary. Make sure your home’s bathroom is up for inspection with these easy-to-implement home staging tips:
1. Switch Out the Shower Curtain
It is perhaps the easiest way to instantly upgrade your bathroom for a showing. Trade out your grimy old shower curtain for a new one. Not only is this an easy upgrade, it’s a cheap one too—and it requires zero specialized supplies like paint brushes or hammers. Just remember to keep the new shower curtain in a neutral pattern and color, that way potential homebuyers touring your house will be able to envision their own style when they take a peek into your bathroom. If you choose a bright, flashy shower curtain, homebuyers with different aesthetic tastes could have a harder time imagining the place as their own.
2. Put Away Your Personal Items
Sure, your rusty razor may be a bathroom necessity for you—but again, a bathroom cluttered with personal grooming items could make it harder for homebuyers to imagine the space as their own. Hide away your personal items for home tours; those items that typically sit in your shower and on your countertops. Don’t just throw everything under the sink though—the curious people touring your home will definitely take a peek under there. Instead, invest in small storage units or wicker baskets to corral your items.
3. Make a Small Bathroom Appear Bigger
Bathrooms are often the most cramped, crowded spaces in a home—neither of which are desirable traits to potential homebuyers. If your bathroom suffers from “small space” syndrome, try this simple trick: hang a mirror on the opposite wall from the bathroom vanity. The mirror will open up the space and reflect more light, helping your small bathroom appear larger.
4. Pick Up Some Plants
Often bathrooms don’t have windows, or only come equipped with teeny-tiny ones. Bring the outdoors in and breathe some life into your bathroom with a few well-placed plants. Make sure you choose plants well suited to growing indoors; you don’t want your droopy, brown-leafed potted plant scaring off prospective homebuyers!
5. Take Out the Trash
Yes, this last home staging tip should go without saying, but you’d be surprised at how many people forget this crucial step. And we do mean crucial—there’s nothing more off-putting than an overflowing bathroom trashcan. Before your home tour begins, be sure to take out the trash, wipe down all the bathroom surfaces, and even scrub out the shower grout. A sparkling clean bathroom can make a big difference to buyers, even if you’re bathroom isn’t tricked out with all-new appliances or lots of space.
The truth is you don’t always have to spend a lot of money upgrading your home to make valuable changes. Sometimes all it takes is a little attention to detail. Pair these staging tips with your neighborhood’s most experienced real estate agent and maximizing the value of your home sale becomes easy.