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5 Ways to Stage Your Bathroom for a House Sale

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5 Ways to Stage Your Bathroom for a House Sale

Buyers love the allure of a tranquil bathroom, soothing and spa-like, straight from a luxurious magazine or prestigious international hotel. However, let’s be honest—very rarely do our bathrooms actually look like that, and in most cases it doesn’t make sense to invest in that luxury when selling your home. Instead of overhauling every bathroom, smaller projects and simple decor additions can make all the difference when appealing to buyers. From relining your tub to decluttering your space, let’s take a look at five ways to stage your bathroom to get that winning offer.

1. Declutter

One of the biggest deterrents to prospective buyers are cluttered and unorganized bathrooms. Buyers want to visualize themselves in your home—whether it’s getting ready in the morning or settling into a hot bath after a long day — and it’s hard to do so when the space is cluttered. Personal toiletries everywhere are not only distracting, but they can make prospective buyers feel like they’re intruding on your personal space. Keep toiletries, shower goods and bathroom supplies tucked away and out of sight in a closet or hidden drawer. That way, your buyers can focus more on your beautiful space and less on the brand of toothpaste you use.

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    2. Keep It Clean

    When selling your home, it’s essential that your bathrooms look as new as can be. Buyers pay top dollar for new environments, so cleaning every inch of your space to make it look brand new can reap big benefits. Tuck away cleaning supplies, bags of toilet paper and miscellaneous items like plungers and brushes. While they’re essential for everyday bathroom use, they won’t provide a spa experience to buyers, so it’s best if they’re out of sight and out of mind. You want your space to feel like a luxury hotel, not a well-loved college dorm bathroom.  

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      3. Add an Upgrade

      Minor upgrades can make a world of difference when selling your home, especially in the bathroom. Rather than spending a fortune on completely new spaces, focus on upgrades that will make big impacts. Tub relining, for instance, is a simple fix that can turn a chipped or strange-colored tub into a modern masterpiece. A professional can reline your tub in a matter of days, leaving it looking brand new. A fresh paint job and new light fixtures are also great bang-for-your-buck changes. Even updating your vanity’s hardware can be a selling point for potential buyers.

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        4. Provide Luxurious Touches

        Simple additions can go a long way to making your buyers feel at home. Adding luxurious touches and well-chosen accessories can instantly transform your space into a decadent spa-like space. Hang unused plush towels and adorn your counter with a wooden soap tray, bath oils or a stunning flower arrangement for added warmth and freshness. A nice wooden stool with a few rolled towels next to a bathtub adds a layer of luxury, while a simple tray with varying heights of candles and apothecary jars keeps visual excitement sleek and cohesive. Remember to keep things simple and clean, as you want your bathrooms to appeal to a variety of prospective buyers.

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          5. Maximize Storage

          Storage is always a big plus when it comes to a buyer choosing a home, and the same goes for bathroom storage. In many cases it doesn’t make sense (or it’s simply impossible) to add built-in storage. Instead, maximize the storage available by clearing out drawers, medicine cabinets and vanities. It’s inevitable that most prospective buyers will be opening drawers and peeking in cabinets to inspect storage space, so make the space seem as appealing as possible by clearing out and decluttering all bathroom storage. Not only will this give the impression that your bathroom has endless amount of space, but buyers won’t get deterred by seeing it already occupied. Instead, they’ll be able to visualize their goods being stored away there, leaving you with a sold home and a big smile.

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          How have you staged your home when selling it?

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          10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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          A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

          To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

          1. Camping

          A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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          2. Staycation

          You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

          3. Island Getaway

          People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

          4. Fancy Resort

          Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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          5. Road Trip

          The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

          6. Charter a Boat

          If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

          7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

          If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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          8. Themed Retreats

          There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

          9. Working Honeymoon

          Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

          10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

          Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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