Simple Staging - Part 2: Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Selling

When you prepare to sell your home, you can appeal to the largest audience by staging your home for a new buyer. As we mentioned in part one of this series, it helps to think about how the new buyer will use your home and adjust the decor to match their taste, rather than your own. With some simple staging, you can make your house attractive to more buyers.

Home staging services are available at many price points ($500 - $2500) and typically have  a positive return on investment, but even if you are on a tight budget, you can improve the appeal of your home with simple staging. You can even stage your own home with a little bit of research and some effort. Last month, in part one of this two-part article, we showed you some simple staging tips for your Kitchen and Common Areas. In part two, we’ll focus on your personal spaces: the bedrooms and bathrooms.


In the Master Bedroom

  • Wash everything - Scrub floors and walls and dust all surfaces. Clean light fixtures.
  • Patch and Paint - Patch holes in the walls and touch up the paint and/or paint over colors that are taste specific. If you need to repaint, use neutral colors that make the space appear larger if possible.
  • Declutter - Pack away family photographs and other personal items. Choose a few neutral items to put out and leave at least one surface completely clear. If you have drawers in your night stands, use them. Leave as little out as possible.
  • Add storage - Use bins or baskets to gather any items that cannot be packed or thrown away.
  • Make the bed - Get in the habit of making your bed every morning, just in case you have a showing.

In the Master Bathroom

  • Clear your countertops - Put away or pack away everything except your every day essentials and/or fresh flowers.
  • Declutter your cabinets - Pack away first aid, beauty products, and other items that are not used frequently to create space if possible. When potential buyers open your cabinets, they should seem spacious, but not empty.
  • Wash everything - Scrub the floors and use a grout cleaner and/or brightener if needed. Clean inside your cabinets, drawers, baseboards, switch plates, socket covers, etc.
  • Make repairs - Patch caulk and replace or repair chipped tiles.
  • Eliminate odors - Deodorize your sink, toilet, shower and tub. If you want to add scented candles or other fragrances, choose something neutral and subtle.

In Your Closets

  • Wash everything - Scrub floors and walls and dust all surfaces. Clean light fixtures.
  • Declutter your shelves and hanging space - Pack away clothes that are out of season. Donate items that no longer fit or are not your style. Throw away any items that are beyond repair. When you’re trying to sell your home, your closet should be approximately half as full as it is on a normal day.
  • Change hangers - Get rid of any misshapen or dingy hangers. If you have mismatched hangers, consider moving to all one style, even plain white plastic is fine.
  • Add storage - Use bins or baskets on your shelves to gather items that cannot be packed or thrown away.

In Child(ren)’s Bedroom(s) and Playroom

  • Wash everything - Scrub floors and walls and dust all surfaces. Clean light fixtures.
  • Patch and Paint - Patch holes in the walls and touch up the paint and/or paint over colors that are taste specific. If you need to repaint, use neutral colors that make the space appear larger if possible.
  • Declutter - Pack away or donate toys that are no longer age appropriate. Throw away toys that are broken beyond repair. Pack away family photographs and other personal items.
  • Add storage - Use bins or baskets to gather any items that cannot be packed or thrown away.
  • Make the bed - Get your kids in the habit of making their bed every morning, just in case you have a showing.

In Child(ren)’s Bathroom(s)

  • Clear the countertops - Put away or pack away everything except every day essentials and/or fresh flowers.
  • Declutter the cabinets - Pack away first aid, extra bath products, and other items that are not used frequently to create space if possible. When potential buyers open your cabinets, they should seem spacious, but not empty.
  • Wash everything - Scrub the floors and use a grout cleaner and/or brightener if needed. Clean inside the cabinets, drawers, baseboards, switch plates, socket covers, etc.
  • Make repairs - Patch caulk and replace or repair chipped tiles.
  • Eliminate odors - Deodorize your sink, toilet, shower and tub. If you want to add scented candles or other fragrances, choose something child-friendly.