The New York Times offers some tips for staging a bathroom for open houses, but some of them can also apply to anyone looking to jazz up their loo, whether they're looking to sell or not. Below, a few tips to keep in mind the next time you're throwing a party in your apartment, or just looking to give your bathroom a much-needed facelift:
When it comes to the ceilings or walls, repair and repaint any area that’s peeling to give it a clean, smooth surface. Otherwise buyers assume there's a leak (which there may very well not be).
Dirty, moldy grout between wall tiles should also be replaced. Regrouting is a relatively inexpensive job, and it makes things look much cleaner.
Make sure light bulbs are all the same size and color. If they're frosted, go for all frosted; if they're clear, make sure they're all clear.
Buy new matching towels and soaps that are put out just for showings (or guests, as the case may be) and never used.
Remove all items from the floor, including plungers, mats and scales. You want to make small bathrooms look more spacious.
Put away your shampoo bottles. A bathroom that looks lived in is simply not appealing.
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