If you are looking to sell your home then you will probably be aware of how much hard work it can be. There’s a long list of things to think of and not a lot of money to do it with. However, not every stage in the process needs to have a hefty price tag on it, which is why we recommend this 1…2…3 approaches to de-cluttering your bathroom.
Why de-clutter your bathroom?
No matter how good you think your bathroom looks on a day-to-day basis, when you are selling up the bathroom must be absolutely spotless. A bathroom that presents itself as clean and uncluttered is extremely appealing to buyers and as you will surely find out, staging a home for sale is more than simply arranging some furniture and wiping down surfaces.
Bathrooms are awfully expensive to redo and buyers know this all too well. The more work that you can do on your bathroom to make it look presentable the better. You want to make your bathroom look as if it is ready for people to move in immediately, and the better you can do this, the better impression you will make on potential buyers.
Step 1: Get rid of the bathroom mess!
In order to get your bathroom ready and in tip-top shape it is best to start with removing everything from the room. Put all products/items in a bin bag or basket and get it out of the way so that the room is completely empty. Now that the room is de-cluttered the cleaning process will be much easier.
Step 2: Give the room a deep clean
Now that the bathroom is empty besides the attached fixtures you can begin the cleaning process. Below you will find simple steps to a squeaky clean bathroom.
- The bathtub and shower are the focus points of the room so start here and then work your way around. Spray the entire area down using a cleaner of your choice. Use an old cloth or sponge to scrub the grout until it looks as good as new. Rub-down the faucet, the showerhead, the tub spout and the drain until they sparkle in the light. If you have a shower curtain it’s best to remove it and purchase a brand new one. This type of thing makes the world of difference.
- Now move onto the toilet. The toilet is a great giveaway for buyers, and if it looks filthy there’s a high chance that they will be turned off. The toilet gives buyers an indication of how clean the rest of the room is, so this step must not be skipped. Each and every visible surface of the toilet should shine and you should make sure you dust those hard to reach areas too as an extra precaution. If you happen to have a decorative toilet seat then we strongly recommend that you take it with you and replace it with one that matches. Likewise, if you’ve got a toilet seat that is cracked or has missing parts, scrap it immediately and substitute it for a new one.
- Next tackle the vanity cabinet and sink. Whether you have a pedestal sink or a cabinet with a countertop and sink, the end result should be exactly the same – gleaming clean. Clean inside the cabinet, outside the cabinet, on top of the cabinet and on the bottom of the cabinet. Clean until your heart is content, and then do the same with the sink. Use an old toothbrush to access areas that are hard to reach by hand. Even clean out the inside of draws to get shot of any blemishes or marks.
- If the walls are tiled then give them a good old scrub up too. If they are wallpapered you will have to remove the wallpaper. It’s a tedious chore and probably not a job you expected to do, but it is a vital part of the process. Look at it this way – there are tons of different wallpaper patterns in the world, what are the chances that your buyer will like your wallpaper enough to keep it?
- When we said the bathroom needs to be cleaned from head-to-toe, we really did mean it. Clean up the mirror, the light fixtures, the windows and the towel bars. If there are any signs of rust try to replace them with new ones.
Step 3. Get organised!
Of course, whilst you are still at home the bathroom needs to be functional for you to use. We suggest that you organise your personal items to ensure that they are accessible yet hidden from the view of visitors. Prospective buyers will not want to see your toothbrush nor your dental floss, it can make a huge difference!
- First of all, you need to gather your bits and bobs and organise them in a way that suits you. We recommend that you get one cardboard box for each person in the house. In this box place your everyday products, such as your toothbrush, hairbrush, razor, toothpaste and medicine. Store this box under the sink so it is accessible yet hidden away.
- For personal items that you usually store in the bathroom but are not used every day, put them into a box and store them somewhere where they cannot be seen. If you haven’t got anywhere for them to go it might be worth putting them and some other household objects into self-storage for the time being. Buyers don’t like a cluttered home, so it really is worth considering.
- Whilst you are still living there put all of your shampoo bottles, soap bars, shower caps and any other products that usually live on the bathroom side into a plastic bucket. Simply pull the bucket out when you need to use the shower and then place it under the sink or in a closet until you need to use it again.
So there you have it, a complete guide on how to clean and organise your bathroom. If you’ve got any of your own tips to share with us then please let us know using the comments section below and make sure to follow us on the social networks: