The best way to sell a home is to make it look presentable. You need to go through your primary rooms and ensure they’re all properly staged for prospective buyers. Master bedrooms, kitchens, and living rooms are the most vital sections of the house, but you cannot forget one crucial spot: the bathroom.
Bathrooms may be “private” spaces, but when you’re selling a house without an agent, they become very public. While your bathroom should always be clean and organized for cleanliness’ sake, you need to realize that some buyers may consider an unkempt bathroom a deal-breaker. Here are just a couple of ways a bathroom could scare away buyers.
- Bathrooms should be cleaned at least once a week, but there may be spots that you’ve missed during your usual routine. Look around the toilet, the sink, and the bath or shower to see if there is a hint of mold, which can either be black or pink. Also check the nooks and crannies such as behind medicine cabinets, around faucets, and under shampoo and conditioner bottles.
- Food storage. This may seem shocking for some, but there are homeowners who have taken to storing food in their bathroom. Food and anything food-related should never be in the bathroom. Medicine inside the cabinet is fine, but that is the limit.
- Cigarette butts. A lot of people tend to smoke while in the bathroom and then discard the butts in the toilet. This can be harmful to both your home-selling efforts and your plumbing. As you start preparing to sell your home, consider making smoking an outside habit.
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- Dual sinks. For couples, dual sinks may appear to be a good idea because each person will have their own personal space. However, many homebuyers would actually prefer just one sink and additional counter space instead. If you already have dual sinks and you do not want to do a complete bathroom renovation, add some shelves nearby for additional storage.
- Smart toilets. In this day and age, almost everything in your home can be “smart.” But does your toilet need to be smart? Buyers might consider these tacky and unnecessary, especially if they are older and more traditional. Keep it simple. A toilet doesn’t need the bells and whistles.
Many house selling tips often neglect to mention the importance of your bathroom. Buyers won’t care if the rest of the house looks like a mansion; if the bathroom is a mess, then they may call the deal off. Take the extra time to ensure this private space is ready for a public viewing.