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Suit Yourself™ International Magazine #70 How To Sell A House 5: Bathrooms

  

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Suit Yourself™ International Magazine #70

 

 

HOW TO SELL A HOUSE 5: BATHROOMS

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 I hope this is enjoyable and useful to you!

Debra Spencer

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INTRODUCTION 

This issue continues the series of articles to help you sell your house for the best price in the least amount of time. 
Yes, I know, there are a lot of "sell your house" books and articles out there, but none quite like this. Really.

Many people feel overwhelmed when they first decide to sell a home.  In this issue, I introduce the basic selling concepts organized into a reasonable system,
so you can ready each part of your home without feeling overwhelmed by the task. 

Recall the the key points from the introduction to this series:
Minimize Clutter 
Clean
Repair
Neutralize
Dramatize
and then, Open House!

Thanks for reading and I hope this series is helpful to you!

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Remember: think like a buyer and have a critical eye.

 

Some parts of your home will be more challenging  than others; which parts are challenging will depend on the type of dwelling you have, and how you've used it. Homes with unusual configurations, or in challenging locations, or selling out of season, or substantially remodelled, may need extra attention to detail to compete.

 

This is why I provide each part of your home with a specialized checklist for it,  in detail in each of the upcoming issues, and each checklist applies these same five important points to package each part of your house for sale. 

Even if you can't get to every detail, the checklists will help you to keep the basics in mind and to stay organized. When you're ready to begin work, print out and use each of the checklists, adding your own "To Do" lists to each one.  

If you can remember only one "take-away" rule from this entire series, it's REDUCE CLUTTER. One person's "Pride And Joy" is just clutter to someone else. There is no accounting for taste. Clutter blocks people from visualizing themselves living in your home. Think "hotel room" and "theatre", and pack and store away all non- essentials and anything personal. Your buyers are considering buying your home from the front row of an intimate theatre, not from the rear of the cinema or behind a Rock n'Roll concert crowd. Once your home is for sale, think of your home as a hotel where you're staying until the home sells; in your mind, you've already moved out. 

Remember, to compete successfully and sell, your house must stand out from the competition as memorable in some way other than price.

No matter how fine the neighborhood, that cannot offset a dilapidated ill-kept dwelling in poor repair. At the same time, your home has to encourage buyers to picture themselves living within it.

Advertising and publicity can't do this for you; they just announce your house is for sale. 

Thanks to indoor plumbing, the concept of a bathroom or toilet or WC wash closet has improved considerably since the chamber pot. The physical comfort surrounding essential functions is no longer weather dependent unless one is camping or living in a yurt, and privacy levels are now more a decision of preference. While bathrooms are essentially functional, they tend to grow more elaborate and sybaritic in direct proportion to income, morphing into anything but basic.

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 Bathrooms

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Minimize Clutter
 

Counters: clean, pack, and store.


Vanities, medicine cabinets, and linen closets: organize, pack, and store.

 

Clean
 

Vanities: clean inside, scrub and polish outside.


Sinks, tub and shower: remove stains and mold.

 

Clean and scrub grouting.


Mirrors and chrome: polish to a sparkle, wipe surfaces.

polish to a sparkle, wipe surfaces.


Floors and walls: scrub clean and deodorize.

 

Repair
 

Toilets, sinks, baths: make any needed repairs.


Plumbing: make any needed repairs.


Grout and caulking: patch as needed.


Wall and ceiling cracks: patch and paint as needed.

 

Neutralize
 

 

Walls: use a neutral paint and wallpaper.


Shower curtains and towels: use basic colors.

 

Dramatize
 

Add simply scented soap or a candle.


Purchase or borrow "show" towels and accessories.


Add an interesting element that helps pass the time.

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Thanks for reading and I hope this series is enjoyable and helpful to you!
 
Best Wishes,
Debra Spencer

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