Vincent, Should I re-tile the bathroom before showing it to your buyers?

Real Estate Sales Representative with Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

First off they're not my buyers, they're your buyers. While I agree that tile isn't cheap, there may be a way it that showroom shine and add some money to your bottom line.

Whether you're working on your home's seasonal deep clean, or planning to entertain guests, you know the amount of time that goes into cleaning your bathroom.  And if you have a tile bathroom, you know how much elbow grease and time go into scrubbing and polishing.

But why spend all that time and back breaking effort if it can be easier?  Here are a few tips that can help make your scrub down much less painful, and truly showcase the elegance of your bathroom tile.

  1. Steam can loosen up even the most stubborn dirt and grime.  Try running a hot shower for a few minutes before tackling the tile.  Good old elbow grease can get any job done, but there's no reason to work yourself to the bone.
  2. Ammonia is your comrade in the war on mold, mildew, and bacteria.  Adding a little bit to some soap and water will help knock their foul presence out of the picture and keep them out, while giving your tile a nice polished look.
  3. After a good scrub down, a little bit of wax and a quick buff with a hand towel will have your tile glistening, and will also shield it from future scuffs and mucky buildup.

Tile isn't cheap, and isn't always the easiest to maintain.  These tips can help you protect your investment and turn your bathroom into a work of art.  Try them out next time you tackle your tile, and see what a difference they make!

So just remember all of my Queens, NY homeowners... You'll never get a second chance to make a first impression. So let's make every showing count!!

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Comments (4)

Billnulls Blog Florida Realty Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
good points - they sure DO need to get the place ready if they intend on selling it!
Nov 04, 2007 12:46 AM
Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating
Vincent ~ Good tips! The whole house should be clean, but I think the bathroom is one of the more important rooms that need to sparkle. 
Nov 04, 2007 12:50 AM
Abby Roselli
ALR Home Staging and Showcasing, LLC - Staten Island, NY
Staten Island Home Stager

good pointers on the polishing tip!  OK, now you've made me think about my bathroom and the thought of cleaning blog, please! =)


Nov 04, 2007 01:09 AM
Vicente A. Martinez
Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - Woodhaven, NY
Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes

Abby- Yes ma'am!! Will put another one together.

Kathy- The bathroom and kitchen are the biggest attractions... might as well make them sparkle, would you agree?

Bill & Barbara- Absolutely... the cleaner it looks - the better it shows - the bigger the offers.


Nov 04, 2007 06:27 AM