A Vancouver Stager’s Top 10 Staging Tips for a Staged Bathroom

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A Vancouver Stager’s Top 10 Staging Tips for a Great Staged Bathroom

As a Vancouver, B.C. Home Stager, I like to follow these simple guidelines when staging a bathroom for sale:

1.      Edit Personal Items

In this Powder Room/very small bathroom, the bathroom counters were full of personal items.  Home buyers don’t want to see messy toothpaste tubes and used toothbrushes.  These items are too personal.  Purchase plastic baskets from the dollar store, fill them with all your personal toiletries and store them away in the bathroom cupboards.

Before Home Staging

Powder room before home staging

After Home Staging

Powder room after home staging

2.      Create a hotel boutique chic atmosphere

I love staying in European hotels and enjoying the lovely, white, fresh linens, soaps and amenities.   Nothing says hotel boutique bathroom like a white waffle curtain and simple curtain rings.  When staging your bathroom, remove colourful, frilly, too personal shower curtains with a clean, simple, white shower curtain for maximum impact.

3.     Remove the germy “ick” factor

Remove or hide away the toilet brush.  Just think about it.  No one wants to see or think about what germs linger on this apparatus, never mind be reminded of where it’s been.  Out of sight is out of mind.  That goes for garbage cans too.  If at all possible, slip garbage cans inside bathroom cupboards. 

Master Bath Before Home Staging

Master bath before home staging

Master Bath After Home Staging

Master bath after home staging

4.     Create a dreamy, spa-like atmosphere

A Master Bathroom is a luxury.  It’s a room where you can light candles, pour a nice warm bubble bath and enjoy a good book or a glass of wine.  You want to be pampered in a Master Bath, so set the stage.  Add candles, natural sponges, brand new loofahs anything to remind one of a spa.

After Home Staging

Master bath after home staging

5.     Use soft, natural colours

Use colours in a bathroom that are calming and spa-like.  Soft blues, aquas, natural taupe, warm grays, soft greens are all great choices for a bathroom.

6.     Add artwork

When adding artwork to your home for sale, don’t forget the bathroom.  So many times I see no art in the bathroom.  Not only should you add artwork, but don’t be shy.  Stage the bathroom with  larger pieces, not just teeny tiny pictures. This adds more impact and drama. 

Before Home Staging

Master bath before home staging

After Home Staging

Master bath after home staging

7.     Clean, clean, clean

This probably should be point number one, but no one wants to walk into a hotel bathroom and find the previous guest’s hair in the sink or bathtub.  Well, the same goes for a home that’s for sale.  Clean, polish, wash, shine, dust and then do it all over again!  Make sure that the bathroom looks and smells clean. 

8.     The Bathroom is a no-carpet, rug or toilet lid cover zone!

Remove any used bath mats, furry toilet seat covers, and crocheted toilet roll covers.  Not only do these items retain nasty odors; they are also dated.  Also, remove any wall to wall carpet from the bathroom floor.  A carpeted bathroom is a huge turn-off for buyers and you will spend money wisely by replacing carpet with a tile, ceramic floor.

9.     Think about a bathroom theme.

Don’t go too kitchy or crazy, but the Master Bathroom in this example was located in a home near the ocean.  For this reason, I added a glass starfish, some shells, and a painting with water and sea shells in it. 

After Home Staging

Master bath after home staging

10.You can’t go wrong with white.

I know it’s tempting to put the guest towels with the gold tassels and brocade out in the bathroom, but try to resist.  Again, when you enter a hotel bathroom, all the towels are white.  White, fresh, new, fluffy towels send a message that this bathroom is clean and crisp.  

Don't forget - kitchens and bathrooms sell houses.  Follow these 10 simple staging tips for your bathroom and you will have a better chance of attracting more home buyers.

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Re-Blogged 5 times:

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  1. Lori Cain 12/27/2012 08:09 PM
  2. Joanna Cohlan 12/28/2012 01:25 AM
  3. Cheryl Ritchie 12/28/2012 08:38 AM
  4. Beverly Carlson 01/01/2013 11:01 AM
  5. Richard Yates 01/15/2013 12:35 AM
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British Columbia Greater Vancouver Vancouver
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Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
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Hi Sally,

You did a wonderful job and hopefully many sellers will see your post and take your advise. Happy New Year.

Happy New Year 2013

 

Dec 31, 2012 12:49 PM #43
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Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor
Wow Sally, you said it all about bathrooms. I plan to reblog. Happy New year!!!
Jan 01, 2013 10:48 AM #44
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Kristine - The smart home seller will follow this advice!  And reap the rewards.  Hope you had a wonderful New Year and all the best in 2013!

Kristin - Thanks and I agree.  These tips would definitely help a home seller prepare their bathrooms for sale.  Not always an obvious task.  Love that big, shiny, New Year's Eve ball! 

Beverly - Thanks for the reblog and a Happy New Year to you, too!

Jan 01, 2013 10:59 AM #45
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Melissa Brown
Helen Adams Realty - Charlotte, NC
Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale

Sally, such wonderful before/after pictures that showcase your fine work.  I LOVE the white waffle curtains, and plan to get some for my house.  I love the artwork in the bathroom idea too.  Needless to say, clean and shiny wins the buyers hearts.  Great job!

Jan 01, 2013 11:34 AM #46
Rainmaker
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Melissa - Thanks so much!  Yes, the white waffle shower curtains always remind me of those boutique European hotels.  A very classy look but also a clean look.  Bigger artwork in the bathroom really does work nicely.  I just viewed an occupied house's bathrooms pre-staging, and all the artwork was itty-bitty.  Too small and busy.  Thanks again!

Jan 01, 2013 11:57 AM #47
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Valerie - Those darn time zones!  I agree, this info could be used for staging or staying. 

Jan 02, 2013 02:51 PM #49
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Jeanie Boyes

You have an amazing bathroom tips, love it.

-GreenSuites.com

Jan 13, 2013 11:56 AM #50
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Thanks so much, Jeanie, I appreciate your comments!

Jan 13, 2013 12:03 PM #51
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nice share

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Jan 13, 2013 07:44 PM #52
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
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What a well deserved feature post Sally! Sellers will learn a lot from this! I agree with everything you said ;).

Jan 22, 2013 03:56 AM #53
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Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Sally - sorry I missed this, I've been MIA in the Rain the last 4 weeks! This is an excellent example of how and why bathrooms should be staged! You took ho hum bathrooms and gave them a spa like feel, so crisp and clean! I wholeheartedly agree about white towels only! Nothing say's spa, hotel and clean like white towels! Congrats on the feature and I'm going to reblog in a few days!

Jan 23, 2013 12:54 AM #54
Rainmaker
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Jimmy - Thanks, and great to see you here on Active Rain!

Janice - Thanks and always appreciate your support.  Love your staging FAQ's - keep up the great work!

Kristine - I know, you've been sorely missed, but glad you're back!  White towels all the way!  And thanks in advance for the reblog :)

Jan 23, 2013 01:23 AM #55
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Jordon Wheeler
The Jordon Wheeler Group - Fairburn, GA
J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service

Hi Sally, congratulations on winning the Home Staging Challenge!  Very nice 'before and after' photos.

Feb 20, 2013 05:30 PM #56
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Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Sally, sorry i missed your great post here!  I am redoing my bathroom in the spring so i am all ears ....you have done a great job and  I would hire you in a heartbeat!

Feb 20, 2013 08:14 PM #57
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Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Sally: So simple, so effective. As you say, just like an upscale hotel with fluffy white towels and CLEAN. Everything personal put away. That's what the drawers are for.

Feb 21, 2013 09:03 PM #58
Rainmaker
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Jordon - Thanks so much.  One more challenge to go!

Ginny - I'd work for you in a heart beat, too!  Good luck with your bathroom reno - I know it will be gorgeous.

Hella - Ha ha - funny how people don't use those storage drawers for all their personal items!  Thanks!

Feb 22, 2013 04:37 AM #59
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thanks for sharing these great tips. 

Feb 22, 2013 08:44 PM #60
Rainmaker
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Gita - Thanks for stopping by!

Feb 23, 2013 01:20 AM #61
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Kim Gaston
RE/MAX Advantage Realty - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs REALTOR®, CNE (719)661-6987

I completely missed this one, Sally. LOVE and agree from top to bottom. Now, where did you find that cute over the bathtub tray? I need one of those for my stash. :)

Apr 07, 2013 02:34 AM #62
Rainmaker
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Kim - You aren't going to believe this, but I actually picked that bath tray at Ikea!  I usually stay away from Ikea, as most products are so recongizable, but this little tray has been very useful, and the price is right, too!

Apr 07, 2013 03:08 AM #63
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