Ten Bucks and Ten Minutes to Fix The Dirty "T" Word

Real Estate Agent with Benchmark Realty, LLC

The Dirty Truth

What is the most disliked thing to clean in your house? And yet, what is one of the things that we look at most as a sign of cleanliness when we are visiting others homes? Yep, it's toilets. They're gross and nobody likes them, accept until you need one really bad, and then you love them! But I digress.

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No one likes cleaning the toilet. You have to suit up like you're going in for chemical warfare battle and God forbid should something awful get splashed back up on you while you're trying to clean that hinge area of the toilet seat, right? You all know exactly what I'm talking about! So you're scrubbing and scrubbing and scrubbing and you finally get that porcelain throne all squeaky clean and are feeling pretty good about yourself until your Realtor shows up at your listing presentation and tells you you need to clean your bathroom room because your toilet looks dirty... Deflated....  

It's true though about perception. It's reality. But don't stop reading, because there is hope! Chances are your Realtor isn't talking about your toilet, but more about that stained up toilet seat sitting on your toilet, along with the grunge that you just can't get off those hinge areas no matter how hard you try. Well I'm about to change your life for $10.00 and 10 minutes and you'll be sure to wow your potential buyers. Okay, maybe you won't "wow" them, but you'll be sure not to gross them out either.

Step 1. Go to Lowe's (or Home Depot or Walmart or wherever, I'm not being bias here) and pick up a new $10.00 toilet seat. I have found that you can still get a good wooden toilet seat (not to be confused with those brown wood grain looking toilet seats, those are very 80's and should be left there) for under $10.00. You don't need to spend $40.00 on a toilet seat people. New and clean is the ticket here. Again, perception is reality. I'd rather have a new clean $10.00 toilet seat than a dingy high end one any day.

Also, skip the cushioned ones and decorative ones. If your toilet is white, keep it white. You're trying to sell your house here, not guess whether or not your potential buyers would rather have a dolphin printed toilet seat or a cushioned one. Let them decide if they want to change that. White is easier on the eyes.

Step 2. Put on your rubber gloves, get a flat head screw driver and some disinfecting wipes and head to the bathroom. It literally takes about 3 minutes to remove an old toilet seat. Just flip up the little tabs covering the hinges on the back and loosen the plastic screw at the top until the nut falls out of the bottom and remove the toilet seat.

Step 3. Put old toilet seat in the trash can.

Step 4. Wipe down the entire area, especially where the hinges are (you want that toilet crystal clean before installing your shiny new toilet seat), and repeat the previous step in reverse order. That whole process shouldn't have taken more than 10 minutes!

And here's an additional tip if the toilet seat itself isn't stained and can be cleaned back to new: Remove it every now and then to get that grime from the hinge area behind the seat. Again, it takes less than 10 minutes and not only will you feel better about using your own toilet, you'll please your visitors too.

Next up, that nasty litter box! 

Comments (2)

Lori Bowers
La Quinta, CA
The Lori Bowers Group

we carry these items in our car

Jul 30, 2012 04:35 AM
Holly White
Benchmark Realty, LLC - Brentwood, TN

Lori that's a great idea! I'll have to take that one into consideration for the Realtors Essential Onsite Tool Kit. :)

Jul 30, 2012 05:45 AM