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5 Ways to Stage Your Bathroom for a House Sale

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.

          How have you staged your home when selling it?

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          Last Updated on January 21, 2020

          The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

          The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

          Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

          your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

            Why You Need a Vision

            Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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            How to Create Your Life Vision

            Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

            What Do You Want?

            The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

            It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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            Some tips to guide you:

            • Remember to ask why you want certain things
            • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
            • Give yourself permission to dream.
            • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
            • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

            Some questions to start your exploration:

            • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
            • What would you like to have more of in your life?
            • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
            • What are your secret passions and dreams?
            • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
            • What do you want your relationships to be like?
            • What qualities would you like to develop?
            • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
            • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
            • What would you most like to accomplish?
            • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

            It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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            What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

            Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

            A few prompts to get you started:

            • What will you have accomplished already?
            • How will you feel about yourself?
            • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
            • What does your ideal day look like?
            • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
            • What would you be doing?
            • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
            • How are you dressed?
            • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
            • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
            • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

            It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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            Plan Backwards

            It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

            • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
            • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
            • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
            • What important actions would you have had to take?
            • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
            • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
            • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
            • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
            • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

            Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

            It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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