As we show homes around El Dorado hills to buyers and work with El Dorado Hills home sellers, it becomes abundantly clear that, other than the kitchen, there is no room in your home more scrutinized than the master bathroom. Curb appeal is important, floor plan is key, indoor-outdoor living is increasingly important, and the master bathroom still outpoints each one of them for most buyers.
Getting your home ready for the holidays is a great dry run for getting it ready to sell after the first of the year. Below are our tips that will help you be prepared!
El Dorado Hills Home Sellers – Are Your Bathrooms Ready For The Holiday Spotlight?
As retailers are so fond of reminding us, the holidays will soon be upon us in El Dorado Hills. That means parties and family visits. By starting to get your home ready now, the run-up to your soirees will be less chaotic and you can focus on the finer points. And, when it comes time to put your home on the market after the first of the year, you will be far better prepared!
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be offering you tips to get various parts of the home holiday-ready and today, we start with the one room most of your guests will use, the bathroom.
Pretend You Are One Of Our El Dorado Hills Home Sellers
Approach your bathroom makeover as if you were readying it for a steady parade of potential homebuyers. This means starting with a deep clean, top-to-bottom – literally. Start at the ceiling and work your way down.
- Before you start, remove everything from the counters and any shelving in the bathroom. Take down the shower curtain and remove the throw rugs.
- Next, use the vacuum or a duster to get the accumulated “fuzz” out of the ceiling fan grate. Then, check the walls (especially where they join the ceiling) for cobwebs.
- The light fixtures come next. If you have the Hollywood-type strip vanity lighting, your bulbs may be dusty so remove each one, dust them and replace them.
- If you have windows in your bathroom, tackle those next. Clean the glass and then clean out the tracks. Vinegar and water, and old toothbrush and a rag work well for this task.
- Mirrors come next. There are lots of ways to do this – from using ammonia and water to vinegar and water or commercial window cleaners.
- Vinegar and water also works well on counter tops and shelves.
- Next, clean the sink and shower/tub. We asked several of our friends and clients to tell us about their favorite products for these tasks: a mixture of Dawn dishwashing soap and vinegar; Ajax cleanser; Tide laundry detergent. The last one we were a bit skeptical about until we tried it ourselves. Used like a scouring powder, it truly does get off the toughest bathtub grime better than anything else we’ve tried.
- Toss the shower curtain, window curtains and rugs in the washer
- Wash the floors
If you have shower doors, clean those with a mixture of warm distilled vinegar and a few drops of Dawn dishwashing liquid. Don’t use this on stone, though. Instead, try a paste of baking soda and the dish soap and use a non-scratching sponge.
De-Clutter, De-Clutter, De-Clutter
Now it’s time to bring back all the items you removed from the shelves and countertops. Unless something is decorative, hide it away in the cupboards and drawers.
Throw out anything you don’t use and those empty shampoo bottles that tend to collect in the bathroom.
Bring Back The Linens
But, check them first and get rid of rugs, towels, mats and curtains that are frayed, faded or torn.
Replace them with new items that coordinate with the rest of the bathroom’s décor.
In fact, beautiful towels can double as attractive accessories if folded in clever ways. Check out these amazing towel display ideas on Pinterest.
Wall treatments can improve the look of a bathroom instantly. Again, Pinterest can serve as inspiration. Houzz.com offers 260 photos of bathroom artwork and more inspiration can be found at Apartment Therapy and Brit.co.
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