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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 6/25/2017

Believe it or not, your home's bathroom may make or break your open house.

If you allocate the necessary time and resources to enhance your bathroom's appearance before your open house, you may be able to boost your home's chances of making a positive first impression on property buyers.

On the other hand, a dirty, messy bathroom is unlikely to do you any favors, particularly in a competitive real estate market.

Transforming an ordinary bathroom into an attractive space may seem difficult. Lucky for you, we're here to help you simplify the process of cleaning your bathroom from top to bottom.

Now, let's take a look at three tips that you can use to improve your bathroom's appearance before your open house.

1. Remove Shower Scum

Soap scum may accumulate in your shower over an extended period of time. However, it is quick and easy to eliminate this problem.

To remove shower scum, use a mixture of dish soap and vinegar. Then, scrub the scum with a dish wand, and you can make your shower sparkle.

2. Clean the Toilet

When was the last time you cleaned your bathroom toilet? If you don't know the answer, it probably means your toilet is overdue for a comprehensive cleaning.

A bathroom scrub brush can help you eliminate grime inside your toilet. You also may want to use white vinegar, as this all-natural cleaning solution has been shown to eliminate bacteria, germs and mold.

In addition, don't forget to wipe down your toilet's exterior. Dust and debris on the toilet surface are simple to eliminate in just seconds.

3. Take a Look at the Mirror

A bathroom mirror may appear streaky and blotchy. But for those who want their bathrooms to impress homebuyers, it is essential to clean a bathroom mirror extensively.

Cotton pads and rubbing alcohol may prove to be exceedingly valuable. Together, these products will enable you to clean your bathroom mirror and avoid streaks altogether.

Or, if you're searching for an alternative to rubbing alcohol or traditional glass cleaner, you may want to use vinegar and water. The combination of vinegar, water and a microfiber cloth offers proven results, especially for those who need a quick, easy solution to clean a bathroom mirror before an open house.

If you need extra help cleaning your bathroom, don't hesitate to reach out to cleaning professionals for expert support. These professionals can streamline the process of getting your bathroom ready for your open house.

Moreover, if you're uncertain about how to prepare for your open house, your real estate agent will be happy to assist you. This housing market expert will describe how the open house will work and what to expect from it. Plus, after the open house ends, your real estate agent can provide homebuyer feedback and insights.

Don't wait until the last minute to clean your bathroom. Instead, use the aforementioned bathroom cleaning tips, and you should have no trouble prepping your bathroom for your open house.





Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 4/30/2017

Your bathroom can become the  most relaxing room in your home. It starts with the decor. Colors, textures, scents and wall artwork are star players that take your bathroom from humdrum to amazing. Many of the below winning bathroom redecoration ideas can be implemented in less than a day, some in less than an hour.

Upgrade your bathroom in six, easy steps

These six winning bathroom redecoration ideas are also cost efficient. Think about what you want your bathroom to look and feel like as you read through the below ideas.

  1. Highlight your bathroom with calming wallpaper. Ocean shores, birds flying over soothing bodies of water and abstract artwork are great. Choose light colors. Focus on wallpaper that has a soothing effect instead of wallpaper that would impress an art connoisseur.
  2. Install chic sink and tub water faucets. Retro faucets take you back to a simpler time. Long neck faucets are easy to turn and off with your foot, preventing you from having to sit up to turn the water off after your tub has filled with scented bubble or oil bath.
  3. Add a white marble sink. The deeper the sink,the better. Marble is easy to clean and shine. Hang an oval mirror over the sink to spotlight the marble sink's features.
  4. Go for a large walk-in or garden tub. These two tub types are almost a must if you love soaking in a bubble bath. Freestanding acrylic or stone bath tubs are stylish. Set the tub off with a braided rug.
  5. Feature your bathroom window treatments. Traditional four-pane bathroom windows that open and push up with the turn of a knob are trendy. So too are bare single pane windows. If you do hang curtains in front of bathroom windows, stick with lightweight curtains.
  6. Place a colorful bouquet on the bathroom counter top. You could even add fresh flowers to a woven basket once a week. Consider placing decorative wall magnets over the bouquet. Doves and geese are wall magnets that bring out bathroom colors and style.

More ways to make your bathroom a winner

As comfortable as it would feel against the soles of your feet, don't install carpet in your bathroom. Carpet soaks quickly. Once carpet gets wet it can stain and smell musty, not what you want in your winning bathroom.

Other ways to gain soothing comfort while you're in your bathroom are to keep Epsom salt in the cabinet and to turn your bathroom radio to a station that pours out smooth sounds. For example, you could set your bathroom radio to a smooth jazz station or to your favorite orchestra station.

Although it's not showcased like your living room, dining room or kitchen, your bathroom is a center stage space at your home. It's the one place where you can unwind. It's where you shower and bathe away the day's stress. Your bathroom is probably also where you sing like a rock star, work through challenges and soak away physical ailments. This room deserves to be beautiful; it deserves to be amazing.