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Increase Your Home’s Value Up to 28% with These 5 Tips

Great curb appeal not only makes your home the star of the neighborhood, it can also improve its value and help you sell it for more. Whether you’re thinking of listing your home or just want to make your home the envy of your neighbors, here are several ways to increase your home’s curb appeal.

 1 – Make your home’s exterior look like new.

For many potential buyers, the condition of the exterior of a home can offer clues to the condition of the interior. The first place to start when boosting curb appeal is the exterior of your house.

Paint. Paint is the best way to make your home appear newer. While you can paint your home yourself, if it’s large or more than one story, consider hiring a professional. Painting is a fairly inexpensive improvement with between 60 to 100 percent return on investment.1

Maintain your siding. Over time, weather and the elements can make your home’s siding appear dull and dirty. Use a pressure washer to clean stains, spider webs and accumulated dirt and grime, or use a soft cloth and a household cleaner to get into those small nooks and spaces. Although the average life expectancy of siding ranges from 60 to 100 years, depending on the material, extreme weather may reduce this number. If you need to replace the siding, you’ll enjoy a 77 percent return on investment.1

Paint or replace garage doors. If your garage doors are in good condition, give them a new coat of paint. If they’re beginning to show their age, consider replacing them. Not only are new garage doors more energy efficient and better insulated than older models, they also have a 91.5 percent return on investment.1

Maintain your fence. Replace rotted or worn posts and panels and freshen it up with a coat of paint. If you have a hedge that serves as your property’s border, keep it trimmed and in good shape.

2 – Pay attention to the small details.

The small details tie your home’s exterior together and help it stand out from others in the neighborhood.

Paint front door, trim and shutters. This inexpensive improvement adds brightness to a home, whether you choose a bold color, a neutral tone or classic white.

Install new door fixtures and be sure they match in style and finish and complement the style of your home.

Update your house numbers. Make sure potential buyers and guests can find your home. If the numbers have faded or need an update, replace them. If choosing a metallic finish, make sure it matches the finish of your exterior light fixtures.

3 – Tend to your driveway and lawn.

Well-landscaped homes may sell for between 5.5% and 12.7% more than other similar homes and studies show it may also add up to 28 percent to your home’s overall value.5

Place a border along your driveway or walkway made of brick, stone, pavers or another hardscape element to add visual interest to a plain driveway.

Maintain your green space. If you have grass, a well-maintained, green lawn makes your home look inviting and picturesque. However, in many parts of the country, water conservation is becoming more important. Xeriscaped landscapes incorporate drought-tolerant vegetation that thrives in warm, dry climates, such as lavender, sage, wisteria and agave, with water-saving drip irrigation and mulch. Xeriscaping has a cost savings of 36 cents per square foot annually through reduced irrigation and maintenance costs.3 Additionally, these landscapes are virtually maintenance free, which makes it an attractive option for busy buyers.

Include trees and shrubs to create texture and add interest to your landscape. Planting a few types of trees and shrubs of varying heights, widths and flowering times boosts your home’s curb appeal year-round.

4 – Make it feel inviting.

It’s no secret that emotions play a role in a person’s decision to purchase a home. Stage the outside of your home to evoke warm feelings.

Stage your porch. If you have a front porch, make it feel more inviting by including seating, such as a chair or loveseat, an outdoor rug and a small table. If space is an issue, incorporate small decorative touches, such as a festive wreath or potted plant.

Hang flower boxes on your front porch railings and/or below your windows. If you don’t want to affix flower boxes to your home, purchase nice planters and containers and place them around your porch or on your front steps.

Choose flowers and plants that bloom at different times of the year for year-round appeal. For example, bulbs not only bloom all spring, they also multiply and come up every year. Perennials often flower for most of the year and will prevent you from having to replant them every year.

If you don’t have a green thumb, choose low maintenance plants and flowers. Flowers such as lavender, rosemary, and zinnias are a few low-maintenance and drought-tolerant options.

5 – Boost Your Online “Curb Appeal.”

For those interested in selling, it’s important to know the effect online curb appeal has on a home. The better impression your home gives online, the more likely buyers will want to see it in person. Here’s how to get your home ready for its listing debut.

Stage your home. Staging shows your home in its best light and helps potential buyers picture themselves living there.

Hire a professional to take photos. A photographer has the skills and equipment to shoot your home in the best light and make it look its best.

Include a short video tour of the home. Videos are becoming a popular way to give buyers a glimpse of the home before they step foot in it.

Are you thinking of boosting your home’s curb appeal or renovating your home before you list? Do you want help making your home more appealing to potential buyers online and in-person? Give us a call and we’ll help you present your home in its best light.

You can check out our current listings and homes we have sold to see how we stage and professionally the homes we list.

 

Sources: 1. Remodeling, 2016 Cost vs Value Report

  1. Realtor Mag, September 22, 2016
  2. REALTOR.com
  3. Houzz, Houzz & Home-U.S., June 2016
  4. Houselogic.com

 

What is Feng Shui?

Spring cleaning season is almost here. And as you begin to prepare your list of projects, you might want to consider some Feng Shui tips. Feng Shui is an old Chinese study that believes human beings and the environment they are surrounded by (their home, workspace, etc) is full of tangible but invisible energy. This energy is known as ‘Chi’. That belief goes further in that these energies are like the wind and can activate opportunities or be like water if obstacles get in the way causing the energy to go stagnant because it’s trapped.

What does the reference to wind and water have to do with anything? That reference comes from the fact that in Chinese, Feng Shui actually means wind and water. And the ancient Chinese believe it symbolizes the environment we live in and the space from Earth to Heaven.

That environment can be anything from office space to a bathroom or bedroom – it’s just the space and the environment around it. An expert in Feng Shui will examine the space and the environment surrounding it as well as how people interact in this space. Based on what the expert sees, they will provide recommendations on ways to improve the relationship with the environment around you. These improvements can result in better health, more prosperity and just an all around better well-being for those that occupy this space.

In other words, Feng Shui is all about making sure you are aligned with the right energy or Chi and maximizing the potential available to you by the environment you live in. It’s also about time and cycles and that you are putting the right actions into place (and making the right decisions) in a certain time frame. These principles apply to design, placement and decoration.

When it comes to achieving harmony in the space around you, Feng Shui uses color, light, sound, electricity and symbolism. One or all of them can be appropriate when needed. Sometimes a change in color is all that’s needed to improve the energy of a space. Sometimes all the elements are required to make a difference.

Feng Shui works best if you have an open mind and know that every aspect of your life, relationships, career and home can be enhanced by the environment you are surrounded with. When it comes to getting results with Feng Shui, just like everything else in life, it’s going to depend on the action you take and the intentions you apply.

Feng Shui isn’t just about rearranging the furniture and painting the walls a certain color. It’s more about tapping into the positive energy that surrounds us, and creating an environment that is warm and inviting, and that enhances our wellbeing.

The History of Feng Shui

Feng Shui is the art of arranging objects, buildings and space in the environment in a way that allows those that occupy the space to achieve more balance, harmony and energy (known as ‘Chi’). To create that harmony in the space around you, different things are used like colors, lights, fountains, music, etc. Of course, that’s a simplistic explanation of a very involved system. Let’s take a look at the history of it, so you can gain a better understanding.

Some people believe that Feng Shui goes back as far as 2,000 years while others say it goes back as far as 5,000 years. Regardless of how old it is, we do know that it originated in China along the banks of the River Lo. The Chinese people from this era knew how important it was to live in nature and be in touch with it. They would bathe in the waters and it is said that the songs and poetry they created were inspired by nature. They observed the seasons and the effect the different seasons had on their lives.

What does this have to do with Feng Shui? One of the first principles of Feng Shui is the inclusion of nature and the living environment. Meaning plants and fountains are often used in creating Feng Shui.

Feng Shui Changes Over Time

Since it first originated, there have been many different systems developed as well as many changes made. That’s not surprising considering Feng Shui has spanned over such a large amount of time and been used all over different parts of the world. If you’re a newbie that has studied more than one different style, this may be confusing to you because certain changes and new systems may seem contradictory to previous ones.

Some of these changes that have happened over the course of time have been extremely radical. One example would be the position of trigrams changing producing the earlier heaven sequence and the later heaven sequence.

Feng Shui Today

It’s more and more common today for Feng Shui to be applied to modern homes and building designs. In fact, it’s not unusual to find out that an interior designer actually studies it so they can better serve their clients. Because it’s believed to be an art form, many people do it for the mere fact it makes their home look much nicer.  Stagers also consider feng shui when they are preparing client homes for sale.  Stay tuned for some more feng shui tips in the weeks to come.

Check out these homes for sale around West Cobb with water views.

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Get The Facts About Selling Your West Cobb Home

The real estate market around West Cobb is hot! Homes are selling quickly and sometimes for more than asking price. During the month of April, homes sold in less than 30 days in West Cobb for a median value of 97.83% of list price. If you are considering selling your home, now may be the time, but get the facts about selling your West Cobb home. Selling your home can be a very complex, difficult and time consuming process, and requires a commitment on your part.

Some of the things you will need to be ready for include getting your home ready for sale. Statistics show that homes that are in move-in ready condition sell faster. Consider any cosmetic problems in your home as well as functional repairs and upgrades. You might want to have an inspection on your home prior to listing it, which will help you understand what might need to be done as well as help to eliminate the costs of paying a buyer’s contractor. Inspections can sometimes derail a sale, but if you have already addressed the problems, it is a non-issue.

Thinking of selling your house?

Find out what your home value is estimated at today? When you are ready to connect with a great Realtor®, please call 678.920.3099.

Once you have made the decision to sell, here are ways we can help:

Selling Your West Cobb Home

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Market Trends. We research your market and provide you with a thorough CMA (Comparative Market Analysis) report that uses current listing data and recent neighborhood solds of comparable property sales to begin the process of helping you with selling your home.

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Neighborhood Competition. We believe that searching the MLS and previewing currently listed homes that are similar to yours will help us understand your competition. This information will help to determine necessary improvements and pricing strategies to better position you with selling your home.

Curious to see what is for sale in your neighborhood?

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Staging Your Home for sale


Staging Your Home For Sale. Research shows homes for sale that have been staged sell faster and for a higher price than homes that have not been staged. We provide a book on staging for our clients to help them through the process of cleaning, decluttering, and more that can help them with this process. Professional Stagers as well as Professional Organizers can also be found in our vendor directory.

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Contract Negotiations.
Our market analysis and home preparation process helps us to price your home for sale, and that means you will be seeing a buyer with a contract soon. We work with you through the negotiation process to ensure your get the best price possible with the fewest concessions in the sale of your home.

Inspections & Repair Negotiations


Inspections & Repair Negotiations.
Although your home is under contract, negotiations can sometimes continue through the inspections and contingency process. Inspections and document reviews can uncover additional items that may also need to be negotiated. We work with you through this process to help ensure a successful sale.

Closing on your West Cobb home


Closing.
The closing process can be overwhelming with tasks and deadlines in order to have a successful closing. We work with you to make sure that you have a successful closing that enables you to move forward.

West Cobb Real Estate – Things To Consider Before Listing

So you have decided that you are going to sell your home.  Market trends in West Cobb are improving, and homeowners are realizing that this might be a good to sell. While your home may work just as it is for you and your family and you don’t want to invest any more time or money into your property, there are a few necessary steps that every homeowner should take in order to ensure that their home will sell quickly and at the highest price possible.

Have Your Home Professionally Cleaned
This may seem like an unnecessary expense, it can give your home that fresh appearance that really appeals to potential buyers. A professional cleaning service will help get baseboards and vents cleaned, as well as other items that may need a deep cleaning. Some professional cleaning services in West Cobb include:

Make All Necessary Minor Repairs
This is an inexpensive way to give your home a finished look and will convince potential buyers that the home is in good repair.  This includes fixing any damage to walls and ceilings, installing new faucets or lighting fixtures, and making any cosmetic changes to the kitchen and bathrooms that will give your property a modern appearance.

Clear The Clutter
Giving your home an open and clean appearance can definitely make a huge difference in attracting buyers.  Be sure you tidy any messy areas of the home, and depersonalize it by removing most photos and any items or collections that may distract buyers during open houses or while looking at pictures of your home. You may find some hidden treasures that you can sell or items that can be boxed up and ready to move as soon as you sell. Here are some West Cobb professional organizers or home stagers that can help you with this:

Look At Your Home From A Buyer’s Perspective
Because you are used to it, sometimes you may not notice small imperfections or areas of your home that seem not to flow with the rest of the house.  Try to take a walk through your home and on your property with fresh eyes, and be as critical as you would be if you were looking to buy your home again. Even though you may be living there while the home is on the market, the better it looks to potential buyers, the faster you will sell it. It might be a small sacrifice to make the home sale process go faster.

Make Repairs To The Exterior
Don’t forget the front and back yards, as well as the roof and brick or siding of your home, when making repairs to your property.  Your investment is always worth it, and creating curb appeal can really make a difference in attracting buyers.  You also might want to hire a pressure cleaning service to clean your sidewalks and driveway, as well as your windows. Some local pressure cleaning services in West Cobb include:

Consider More Major Renovations If Necessary
If your kitchen or bathroom is very outdated or in bad repair, or you have electrical, plumbing, or mold problems in your home, these are all issues that can really stall the sale of your property.  Fixing these problems will usually not only make your West Cobb home sell more quickly, but may also increase the value of your home far beyond the expense associated with making the repairs in the first place.

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Owning The Home That Just Won’t Sell

We first need to get some common anxiety issues out of the way. There is no curse on your house. Real estate agents and home buyers are not conspiring against you. If you feel like you are stuck owning the house that won’t sell, there has to be an identifiable reason and you should be able to find out what it is. This is particularly true in the current real estate market.

The single biggest and easiest issue to address is the price of the home. Simply put, are you being reasonable when it comes to price? What are the comparable home sale prices in your area and how does your price compare to the sold houses that most resemble the condition of yours? If you are asking for more than similar houses, finding a buyer is going to be difficult. Remember, the issue is the appraised value, not what you subjectively think your home is worth.

One area where people get into trouble is improving beyond their neighborhoods. This occurs when you pursue home improvements that add substantial value to your home, but can’t be supported by the surrounding houses. For example, assume your home and those around it all appraise in the $250,000 to $285,000 range. If you redo kitchens, bathrooms and add a full second story to the tune of $150,00, your probably think your home should be worth roughly $400,000. This is incorrect. Nobody is going to buy a $400,000 home in a $250,000 neighborhood. In such a situation, your best bet is to hold on to the house and pray the neighborhood appreciates over time.

If price isn’t the issue, you need to objectively evaluate how your house is different from those in the neighborhood. Your realtor should be able to offer suggestions. If all else fails, hire an appraiser to come appraise the house and pay very close attention to the report.

Finally, one of the biggest problems I see with houses on the market is a lack of charm. It may sound superficial, but you want a potential buyer to be able to see themselves in the home, consider consulting with a home stager. But keep in mind that buyers are looking for a nice home, not a sterile environment, they want to envision themselves living there. Sometimes rooms look smaller when they are empty. If your home is vacant, a home stager can help you with furnishing some key rooms to enhance your home and make it more welcoming.

You should also work with your real estate agent to determine who your potential buyers are. This will help in marketing your home. Most of all, be realistic in your expectations.

Beware of Being Fooled By Home Staging

Home staging is a term that we have all become familiar with. It is the idea that we try to create the best impression of our home when selling the house. It used to be just run the vacuum over it and do the dishes but nowadays there is a whole set of rules to follow! And as you prepare to sell a home in West Cobb, you want to make sure that it stands out against the competition.

The idea is, that a staged home stands out from all the others and therefore gets sold more quickly. It certainly can be carried to extremes with reports of sellers hiring storage units to cart their junk off to. Larger items of furniture are encouraged to be put into storage by professional ‘home stagers’ so that the house looks bigger and more spacious

Another instruction is to remove anything personal like photographs, so that the prospective buyer can visualize the house as their own. Closets are de-cluttered so that they look more spacious and all bathroom paraphernalia is supposed to be gone from the counter top! Garbage bins are even removed and hidden from sight.

However, sometimes home staging might also be deliberately used to hide a multitude of sins! So sellers be careful, and buyers beware.

The National Association of Exclusive Buyer Agents (NAEBA, who solely represent buyers in the realty business) has suggested that as much as 82% of buyers are sidetracked from the important issues by a well-staged house. This organization also concedes that home staging nets more cash and faster sales – so it works, which helps sellers!

As a buyer, it is important to understand how some stagers may manipulate this process. Some of the “tricks” used in staging can include using smaller furniture to make a room look larger, placing rugs over damaged parts of the floor, or using curtains to hide rotting sills.

Buyers are urged by the NAEBA to be cautious and to remember that when the house is sold, the stage is taken away. The tricks of home staging do not improve the floor plan, or the square footage of the home or the quality of the neighborhood, and these are the qualities that you will be re-selling at a later date.

Marna Friedman is your West Cobb Real Estate Agent.

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10 Tips On Selling Your House

Maybe you’ve read lots of advice on selling your house. But do you know the biggest mistake many people make when selling a house? Not understanding real estate value.

You see, it doesn’t matter what you think your home is worth. It doesn’t matter what you did to make in nicer for your family. The value of your home is determined by buyers. What you enjoyed about your house may be irrelevant when it’s time to sell. Even though several Acworth homes for sale are selling quickly, it doesn’t mean your home will. Homes for sale in Bentwater and Seven Hills neighborhoods may sell quickly, but sometimes they don’t. Think in terms of what buyers want, and use some of the following advice on selling a house.

  1. Know the market. What other similar houses have sold for? Have those examples ready to show potential buyers.
  2. Decide on a minimum price. The price below which you just won’t move. Don’t tell your agent what this minimum is, but negotiate with any buyers who make an offer near or above it.
  3. Concentrate on the visible things first. A new mailbox is often a good idea. When buyers fall in love with the house before they even enter it, they forgive a lot of problems.
  4. Clean the neighborhood. If a neighbor’s yard is a mess, give their kids $10 to pick up the yard. Spend $20 to put flowers in any common-areas, and buyers will have a better first impression of the neighborhood.
  5. If you or your agent aren’t getting many calls, try something new. Is more advertising necessary? Is the price too high? If price is the problem, drop it fast. That perfect buyer might pass on by while the the home is still over-priced.
  6. Listen to prospects. They’ll be more objective than you. If you hear several times that the kitchen is dark, get out the white paint.
  7. Find the average sales time for your area. If your house is taking longer than average to sell, there’s a problem, and usually it’s the price. Review the other properties for sale in your neighborhood, like Seven Hills and Bentwater, and determine a realistic price at the beginning.
  8. Confirm your agent’s marketing plan before you sign a listing agreement. Write down what they say, and hold them to their promises.
  9. Get an estimate for repairs. The sellers may want a $7,000 allowance for a new roof – until you show them your $4,000 estimate.
  10. Complete improvements that can result in a sale. If $300 to seal the driveway is likely to add $600 to the sales price of the home, do it. Always consider first those things that are most visible.

There are dozens of things you can do to sell your house faster, and get a better price. Start with the ones that will get the most “bang for your buck.” Also, read and USE good advice on selling a house. As a professional organizer and home stager, we work with you to prepare your home and present the best features.

10 Ideas For a Quicker Sale When Selling Your House in Acworth GA

Here is a list of quick things you can do to help you expedite selling your house, in Acworth or anywhere.

  1. NO CLUTTER. Throw out old newspapers and magazines. Pack away most of your small items like figurines and other trinkets. Store clothing that won’t be used in the near future to make closets seem roomier. Clean out the garage. Buyers like to visualize their possessions in the house and that is hard to do when the home is full of clutter.
  2. Wash your windows and screens. This lets more light into the interior and dirty windows are a turn off.
  3. Keep everything extra clean. Wash fingerprints and dirt from light switch plates. Clean the floors, stove, refrigerator, washer and dryer. A clean house makes a better first impression and tells buyers that the home has been well cared for.
  4. Put brighter bulbs in light sockets to make rooms appear brighter, especially dark rooms. Replace any burnt-out bulbs. Turn all lights on before buyers come to view the home.
  5. Make all minor repairs that you can find. Everything you don’t repair now will be revealed in the home inspection and can create a bad impression. Small problems such as sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, cracked receptacle covers or a dripping faucet may seem trivial, but they’ll give buyers the impression that the house isn’t well maintained.
  6. Shoot for good curb appeal. Cut the grass, rake any leaves, trim the bushes, and edge the walks. Put a couple of bright potted flowers near the entryway to cheer things up and get the buyers attention.
  7. Patch holes in your driveway and reapply sealant, if applicable.
  8. Clean dirty gutters.
  9. Polish or replace your front doorknob and door numbers.
  10. Get rid of smells. Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells. If carpets are old and need replacing, it is worth while to replace them. The additional price you receive for your house will most likely outweigh the expense. Open the windows. The number one turn off to a potential buyer is an unpleasant odor.

For more helpful information including seller and buyer tips, especially when selling your house in Acworth GA, please visit http://marnafriedman.com.

3 Tips to Staging the Outside of Your Home Like a Pro

 

Are you considering putting your house up for sale, but not sure where to start? Afraid it will take too long to sell, or that you won’t get the price you want? Think about “staging” your home, or in other words, setting the scene for immediate buyer interest in your property.

To be really effective, you need to look at both the outside and the inside of your home. Here are 3 tips to get you started with the outside of your home:

  1. Go stand on the street to see what clients see when driving up to the house. Be aware that any negative impressions they get outside the house (landscaping not maintained or non-existent, peeling paint, etc.) is just going to make them think that the house itself has not been well taken care of. So even if you have spent the time and money to fix up the interior, it would all be wasted if the clients get a bad first impression as they drive up to the house.
  2. Next, step outside your front door and close the door; then stand on the stoop and look around for 5 minutes. While the real estate agent fumbles for keys and tries to figure out how to open the door, the clients are standing behind and looking around. So what are they seeing? Dead plants, old Halloween decorations in the middle of January, cobwebs? Again, not a good first impression!

    It’s definitely worth it to take some time and clean it up. Want to go a step further? Try a new coat of paint or some new furniture or accessories.

  3. Don’t forget the backyard. While that might not be part of the potential buyers’ first impression experience, you still should make sure it’s in the best condition possible. Pull up weeds, water plants, do some sweeping (if that’s applicable in your case) and maybe even purchase new furniture or accessories (plant pots, bird houses, etc.)

And the biggest tip of all? Imagine yourself as a potential buyer looking at your property for the very first time. What impressions are you getting? Would YOU buy your house? What would you like to see changed before you put an offer on your house?

And don’t worry about spending several thousand dollars to get your house ready to sell – you’ll get it all back when your house sells. Proper staging helps you sell your house in a shorter time and at the price you want.

Strip Your Bathroom Bare

It’s the start of a new week and you have your work cut out for you. Now is not the time to buckle. You’ve spent a lot of time last week decluttering the inside of your house. Today is another purging and packing day, but the rooms you are tackling today may surprise you – the bathrooms.

That under-the-sink space can get unsightly, the medicine cabinets can get crowded, and the drawers can house stains and globs from things you don’t want to know, or show! And don’t get me started on the bathtub and shower. You know what you have to do, but let’s take a look so you don’t miss anything.

Your Assignment

If you think potential buyers are discreet, you’d be wrong. Buyers believe, and rightly so, that they have ‘carte blanche’ to look into every nook and cranny of your house, even your bathrooms. They have already looked in all your closets, cupboards, and under the beds. So, why not the bathrooms?

Buyers are looking for reasons NOT to buy your house. They are heavily invested in the process of elimination. Going from house to house with a checklist, buyers are anxious to eliminate as many houses as possible from their list of possibilities. It’s just easier that way.

Imagine a buyer coming into your bathroom and seeing rust stains or a soap scum coated shower door. How fast will they walk away? Now, granted, it may not be a deal breaker, but it will move your house from the “amazing” list to the “have to come up with a really good reason to look at this house again” list.

You might as well begin with the bathtub and shower. This is the area that catches a lot of the clutter and grime. Gather up the mess of bottles, back scrubbers, and bath toys and throw it all in a bin and set aside. Your bathtub must be empty, clean, and pristine. Now scrub, scrub, scrub until the area is sparkling like a gem.

The toilet needs a good scrubbing from top to bottom, not just the bowl. And, if you have any sort of cover on the toilet seat or tank cover, get rid of them. You want your bathroom to say “clean and germ free” and those covers, no matter how cute, do NOT say clean, or germ free. Save them for your new house.

Now empty out the counter and under the sink, the medicine cabinet, any closets, cupboards, shelves, or drawers. Put it all in bins and set aside. Get out your favorite cleaner and scrub everything until it sparkles and squeaks. You may also want to use this time to wash or replace your shower curtain, window coverings, rugs, and even your towels. Find a new out-of-sight place for your toilet plunger and scrubber.

All those necessities you’ve thrown in bins can now be sorted into convenient storage containers. And more importantly, hide your stuff away again after using it.

You have a clean slate now in the bathroom. Go ahead and add decorative towels and pretty soap. Remember the model homes? That’s the bathroom you are shooting for here. Everything must be presentable and pretty.

Besides being clean, why did I have you strip the bathroom bare? Even in the bathrooms, you need to give the impression of a lot of room – aka space. A tiny bathroom can seem larger than it is when it is stripped of clutter. Keep the surfaces clean and clutter free to give the buyer a feeling of more room to move around in.

When a buyer walks into your house and starts opening doors and pulling out drawers, you don’t want to panic. With today’s assignment completed, you can be proud of your perfectly presentable bathrooms. This was a hard day. Give yourself a break now and enjoy a nice hot shower.