Brighten the Bathroom

Like the kitchen, bathrooms are driving factors in the sale of a home. Buyers want a spa-like room that is fresh, spacious and reminds them of their recent stay at a luxury hotel. Many homes do not have the “perfect” bathroom and the investment to fully renovate in preparation for an upcoming sale is costly. Instead, consider the below tips to maximize your space and showcase your bathroom(s) as a beautiful haven.

• Hide clutter
Create a blank canvas for homebuyers by removing un- mentionables like toiletries and cleaning supplies. Poten-tial buyers may feel like they are intruding on your private space when they see personal hygiene products in corners and on countertops. While baskets, bath mats, spare toilet paper rolls and scales are essential to every-day living, homebuyers have difficulty visualizing their own accessories in a cluttered space.

• Invest in storage space
Most buyers desire ample storage space for their bathroom necessities. Use decorative boxes to hide small accessories on countertops and wicker baskets to organize larger items in cabinets. Potential buyers will take time to analyze storage space, so make sure bathroom furniture is only half to two-thirds full with your personal items.

Make small upgrades
Spend your money on small, inexpensive upgrades to make a lasting impression. Repaint walls, update cabinet hardware, fix leaks and drips, install modern light fixtures and replace towel bars. If bathrooms are extremely outdated, consider changing the tiles, shower screens or cabinetry. Whatever changes you make, stick with neutral colors like white, cream, gray or taupe for a more spacious, contemporary look and feel.

• Beautify
After clearing clutter and making minor upgrades, beautify the space. Strategically placed accessories can add a layer of warmth and elegance. Hang new, plush towels on towel bars and add fragrant soaps, natural loofas and sophisticated candles to open spaces. Consider including a stool inside the shower, a neatly folded hand towel on the countertop or a good book by the bathtub. Also, use fresh flowers or plants to make the space come alive. Note: When beautifying the space, group accessories together in odd numbers at varying heights for a dramatic effect.

• Clean thoroughly
Bathrooms often have water stains, buildup and leaks that need thorough and immediate attention before showing a home. While this task is not the most exciting, it is the most important. Buyers want to feel like the house they are viewing is brand new, and they will likely pay a higher price if they leave with that impression. Your job is to create an immaculate bathroom that has been well-maintained and appreciated.
Despite how impeccable the rest of the home, an unattractive bathroom could turn potential buyers away for good. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the process, call one of our entrusted agents. They will survey your space, help you think creatively and realistically and suggest reliable     contractors for the project. Remember, less is more when creating a luxurious bathroom experience for potential buyers.

Lawrence M. Lipman is the owner and president of The Lipman Group / Sotheby’s International Realty in Nash- ville. Real estate is Larry’s career, but also his passion, and he takes pride in guiding buyers and sellers through exciting home transitions at any budget. Larry welcomes questions and can be reached by calling 615-364-3333.