When a house is on the market, it becomes less the owner's home an dmore a display item. Nowhere is this more important to remember than in the bathroom. Buyers don't want to see the seller's personal hygiene items, moldy remnant's of steamy showers or a soap scum-covered collections of empty shampoo bottles. They wan to be confident that this most private of rooms is well maintained an sanitized. The trick to make the area seems less well...private.
Preparing a bathroom for touring potential buyers is a four step process clear, repair sanitize and spruce. Every surface that can hold something, vanity, toilet tank shower, window, floor should be divested as many objects as possible. The same thing applies for anything that can be opened - medicine cabinet, drawers, and linen closets.
Cleaning begins with throwing out any expired medication, make up that hasn't been used in a year, nearly empty containers, and any other useless objects found while emptying cabinets and drawers. The process continues with wiping each shelf drawer and cabinet door. When everything is out from under the sink, take the time to check the faucets and pipes for leaks. If faucets leak, washers probably need to be changed.
Buyers will notice a filthy shower, so spend some time here. Remove personal items like, cleanser, shampoo and conditioner, shave cream, razor, body spongers from the shower tub area. Carefully examine tiles and the tub. Does the tub have chips and discoloration? It may need to be resurfaced or replaced.
How the tiles look? Any loose pieces or chips? Are there cracks in the grout? Scrub the bathtub, tiles and grout until they are mold and mildew free. Regrout gaps between tiles. Scrape and replace discolored caulking.
Check the ceiling and walls, do you see any mold mildew, fingerprints or grime? If so scrub it with bleach. Cracking or curling paint should be scraped and repainted in a neutral color. Put a potpourri, it is important to maintain the fresh smell and appearance each day the house is on the market.
Put a clean set of towels and wash cloths, bath mats and robes should be removed. Trash baskets should be emptied. and floors wiped daily.