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A Vancouver Stager’s Top 10 Staging Tips for a Staged Bathroom

This is a great bathroom staging post. I think clean, clean, clean says it all. I also like the edit idea. I enjoy a theme and artwork, too. Notice the usevwhite and the simplify type ideas. The photos really show the before and after difference.

A Vancouver Stager’s Top 10 Staging Tips for a Great Staged Bathroom

As a Vancouver, B.C. Home Stager, I like to follow these simple guidelines when staging a bathroom for sale:

1.      Edit Personal Items

In this Powder Room/very small bathroom, the bathroom counters were full of personal items.  Home buyers don’t want to see messy toothpaste tubes and used toothbrushes.  These items are too personal.  Purchase plastic baskets from the dollar store, fill them with all your personal toiletries and store them away in the bathroom cupboards.

Before Home Staging

Powder room before home staging

After Home Staging

Powder room after home staging

2.      Create a hotel boutique chic atmosphere

I love staying in European hotels and enjoying the lovely, white, fresh linens, soaps and amenities.   Nothing says hotel boutique bathroom like a white waffle curtain and simple curtain rings.  When staging your bathroom, remove colourful, frilly, too personal shower curtains with a clean, simple, white shower curtain for maximum impact.

3.     Remove the germy “ick” factor

Remove or hide away the toilet brush.  Just think about it.  No one wants to see or think about what germs linger on this apparatus, never mind be reminded of where it’s been.  Out of sight is out of mind.  That goes for garbage cans too.  If at all possible, slip garbage cans inside bathroom cupboards. 

Master Bath Before Home Staging

Master bath before home staging

Master Bath After Home Staging

Master bath after home staging

4.     Create a dreamy, spa-like atmosphere

A Master Bathroom is a luxury.  It’s a room where you can light candles, pour a nice warm bubble bath and enjoy a good book or a glass of wine.  You want to be pampered in a Master Bath, so set the stage.  Add candles, natural sponges, brand new loofahs anything to remind one of a spa.

After Home Staging

Master bath after home staging

5.     Use soft, natural colours

Use colours in a bathroom that are calming and spa-like.  Soft blues, aquas, natural taupe, warm grays, soft greens are all great choices for a bathroom.

6.     Add artwork

When adding artwork to your home for sale, don’t forget the bathroom.  So many times I see no art in the bathroom.  Not only should you add artwork, but don’t be shy.  Stage the bathroom with  larger pieces, not just teeny tiny pictures. This adds more impact and drama. 

Before Home Staging

Master bath before home staging

After Home Staging

Master bath after home staging

7.     Clean, clean, clean

This probably should be point number one, but no one wants to walk into a hotel bathroom and find the previous guest’s hair in the sink or bathtub.  Well, the same goes for a home that’s for sale.  Clean, polish, wash, shine, dust and then do it all over again!  Make sure that the bathroom looks and smells clean. 

8.     The Bathroom is a no-carpet, rug or toilet lid cover zone!

Remove any used bath mats, furry toilet seat covers, and crocheted toilet roll covers.  Not only do these items retain nasty odors; they are also dated.  Also, remove any wall to wall carpet from the bathroom floor.  A carpeted bathroom is a huge turn-off for buyers and you will spend money wisely by replacing carpet with a tile, ceramic floor.

9.     Think about a bathroom theme.

Don’t go too kitchy or crazy, but the Master Bathroom in this example was located in a home near the ocean.  For this reason, I added a glass starfish, some shells, and a painting with water and sea shells in it. 

After Home Staging

Master bath after home staging

10.You can’t go wrong with white.

I know it’s tempting to put the guest towels with the gold tassels and brocade out in the bathroom, but try to resist.  Again, when you enter a hotel bathroom, all the towels are white.  White, fresh, new, fluffy towels send a message that this bathroom is clean and crisp.  

Don't forget - kitchens and bathrooms sell houses.  Follow these 10 simple staging tips for your bathroom and you will have a better chance of attracting more home buyers.


Exit Stage Right - Home Staging and Redesign Sally Weatherley 604-838-9431

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