"How Important Is It to Update My Bathroom for Selling?"

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Home Stager with Rooms With Style
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It depends. Don't you hate that answer! But it really does depend. What it depends on it which bathroom in your home we are talking about.

It really is a tiered system when it comes to updating your bathrooms for selling purposes.

Least important - Lower level bathroom (furthest from the main living area):

Most of the time this is the third bathroom in your home and the last one the potential buyer will see. This is lowest on the priority list of bathrooms you need to update.

Third Most Important - Guest Bathroom/Kid's Bathroom:

This is the bathroom normally found on the upper level off the hallway of bedrooms. This bathroom is more important than the lower level bath but not on the top of the list. At this level you would want to make sure there isn't any wallpaper, change out dated light fixtures and vanity hardware.

 Second Most Important - Half Bath:

This bathroom is usually found on the main level, probably close to the kitchen. It not only is the one that all guests will see and use, it is the first bathroom the buyer will see when looking at your home.

 

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Make sure there is no wallpaper, the paint is fresh and not taste specific. Light fixtures, vanity hardware and faucets need to be a current and it is best if the metals finish all match.

 

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Most Important Bath - The Master Bath/Owner's Suite:

This by far is the most important bathroom in the home. It is a close second in importance to the kitchen.

This bathroom really should be as perfect and up to date as possible.

Here is an example of a Master Bath that needed updating:

 

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Here are some of the things that may need to be done to your Master Bath:

1) Faucets and light fixtures current in style and metal.

2) Vanity hardware matching in metal color.

3) Shower doors also matching in metal color.

4) No wallpaper and paint color current.

5) Tub faucets matching in metal color.

6) Large flat builder mirrors replaced with framed mirrors.

7) And depending on price of the home, granite or quartz vanity tops and tiled flooring.

 

Let's take a look at that same bathroom after some recommendations were taken:

 

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Quite the difference isn't it? No wallpaper, no bright brass, updated light fixtures and faucets.

All these bathroom tips for selling are dependent on the price point of your home, the number of bathrooms in your home as well as other factors.

Always discuss any upgrades and renovations with a team of an experienced  Real Estate Agent and Home Stager to make sure you are making the right improvements to get the best return on your investment.

 

Shar Sitter, owner Rooms With Style Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis MN.

CHSE and APSD Home Stager Pro Trainer

 www.RoomsWithStyle.com

952-567-1124
   

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Rainmaker
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
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Shar, I love your before and after projects. Your work makes a big difference for home sellers. Keep 'em coming!

Nov 15, 2015 10:01 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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You did an excellent job in ranking the importance of the bathrooms, they are not equal. 

Nov 15, 2015 10:08 PM #2
Rainmaker
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Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker GRI, SRES

If they don't like this answer, then tell them to cut a moon in the doors and you will try your best  to get it sold! LOL

Nov 15, 2015 10:23 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Roger D. Mucci
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"It depends" is the perfect answer, just ask Michael Jacobs.  Excellent post my VBVFF! 

Nov 15, 2015 10:26 PM #4
Rainmaker
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Joyce Marsh
Premier Sotheby's International Realty - Ormond Beach, FL
Premier Sotheby's International Realty

I'm a big fan of at the very minimum, removing the wallpaper, painting, updating the lighting and faucets if possible. These can be done for minimal cost and make abhuge difference. Professionally cleaning the tile helps too. 

Nov 15, 2015 10:38 PM #5
Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Shar --- while Roger D. Mucci knows I use "it depends" a lot -- it does make sense in most aspects of real estate and in life.  I like how you share the concept of prioritizing bathrooms and the reasons behind the decision -- it makes a lot of sense.   Your "after" photos clearly show the importance of proper upfront preparation before a home makes its debut for potential buyers.  

Nov 15, 2015 10:46 PM #6
Rainmaker
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Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Thank you Pat Starnes . Before and afters help the sellers see the difference that is for sure. I will try keep them coming!

Bathrooms are not equal Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366 . For sure, for sure!

Why does it  not surprise me to get that great quote from you Rob D. Shepherd ! :)

 

Nov 16, 2015 12:56 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

I know I sounded like a politician Roger D. Mucci . :)

 

Absolutely Joyce Marsh . Cleaning can do wonders! In higher priced homes the shower door just have to be changed out though and sometimes it is tough to convince the seller.

Thank you Michael Jacobs . 'It Depends' is just the answer so many of the times. That's why they need good professionals around them! And thank you.

 

Nov 16, 2015 12:59 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

IMHO you DID NOT sound like a politician, because I trust what you had to say!

Nov 16, 2015 01:05 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Oh whew Roger D. Mucci . Would be the worst thing to be called. haha

Nov 16, 2015 01:08 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
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Shar you are so right. I love the way you have ranked the bathrooms for sellers. They should spend their budget wisely especially if it is limited.

Nov 16, 2015 10:56 PM #11
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Shar I love the updates you made in these bathrooms -- they went from dated and boring to fabulous!  Sellers will recoup their investment with a faster sale when they make these smart changes BEFORE going on the market.

Nov 17, 2015 03:24 AM #12
Rainmaker
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Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Thanks Janice Ankrett , yes helping them spend their money for the best return on their investment is key!

Agree Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging . They tried selling this one first without the updates and it didn't work.

Nov 17, 2015 10:54 PM #13
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Shar, you did a great job!   What a difference the Master Suite made and the buyers will love it!  

Nov 27, 2015 09:46 PM #14
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John McCormack, CRS
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Good Wednesday morning Shar Sitter -

Wow... You have provided the great information on updating, maintaining bathrooms.  I have found most ladies first check out the kitchen then head for the bathrooms they can make or break a deal. 

Dec 01, 2015 10:54 PM #15
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