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Let’s face it, bathrooms and kitchens are really what sell homes. Staging your bathroom is one effective way to help sell your home and it off the market.

Whether your bathroom is large or small, there are elements you can add to create a light, bright, spa like oasis for ultimate relaxation.

So if you have decided to sell your home and you want to close that sale real fast, we have a few tips for you to draw in home shoppers from the living room into one of the smallest area in the house – the bathroom.

Tip #1 Create a spa like ambiance

Start with the bath tub. Adding an elegant mirror makes the bath tub area seem larger. It doesn’t have to be expensive. Just make sure that it is durable and of good quality. Or if you have one in the storage that you may have kept ages ago and see if it fits.

Tip #2 Use candles

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Candles always add ambiance and warmth. Use battery-operated candles that are safe and easy to use. You can put them in clear decorative jars for extra protection from the water. Mason jars works great too!

Tip #3 Stack up on luxury soaps

Now, put some luxury soaps and bath salts on the tub. You can also add extras like massage rollers and bath oils to give it a spa-like atmosphere. Don’t forget the shower! Simply place a luxury bath soap for that “ready to use” feel.

Tip #4 Buy new towels

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Add a simple towel rack next to bath tub for functionality and a neutral-colored hand towel near the sink. Fresh towels are practical and complete the look of your bathroom. For a nicer touch, tie them up neatly using lace or white ribbon.

Related post: Stylish Ways to Display Bathroom Towels

Tip #5 Decorate the sink

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In the sink area, add a glass container and load it up with scouring pads, luxury soaps, and sanitizers. For that hotel look, place small bottles of soaps and lotions next to the sink. And voila! You’re done.

Now you have created a luxury spa retreat that sure to catch the attention of the home buyer. No cosmetic, no structural changes needed. Bringing your master bathroom up a notch just takes a few small changes in decor.

Must read: Revamp Your Bathroom Without Going Broke!

 

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best ben moore paints

The smartest, quickest, and most convenient way to give any room a new look is through the use of color. The ‘right color’ can instantly revitalize an interior, camouflage cosmetic imperfections, and minimize architectural flaws. Paint can dramatically change the ambiance of a room, create harmony within a décor, build illusion, and accent an interior with personal taste.

In this week’s blog post, we would like to share our 16 favorite Benjamin Moore paint colors. From the best whites, grey, taupes, yellows, reds and more!

Now, why Benjamin Moore? Some of you may like other brands that are affordable but we personally prefer BM paints. It’s what we normally use for our clients and believes that they are a good investment.

Here are our top picks:

#1 Chantily Lace

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This white has a light hint of grey. It is crisp, clean and bright. It looks fresh against grey and is perfect for trim and cabinets.

# 2 White Dove

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White dove has a faint yellow undertone and works so well with traditional furniture and gives off a beautiful gloss for trim. The warm and soft color is perfect for the bedroom, living room, kitchen and bath.

#3 Linen White

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Linen white can make a room feel so clean yet cozy. It has a bit of warmness to it and not overly crisp. So classic!

#4 Edgecomb Gray

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This soft, barely there type of grey is perfect for any room with lots of natural light. It compliments everything and works well with almost any color.

#5 Coventry Grey

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Coventry Gray can be used as a shy neutral or for a pop of color. It has blue undertones and the atmosphere it creates is incredibly relaxing. It is so modern and fresh.

Must read: Make Use of Creative Color Schemes

 

#6 Yarmouth Blue

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Yarmouth blue is one of the best light blues out there. Paint your bathroom with it for that extra calming effect.

#7 Mannequin Cream

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This light, creamy yellow is ideal for spring. It’s not too yellow nor too pale to our liking. It feels so inviting and comforting.

#8 Mesquite

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Mesquite is a gray green color that works well in a country bedroom or modern when paired with darker shades of green or gray.

Check out: Should You Paint Your Wood Kitchen Cabinets?

#9 Narragansett Green

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This is a color we are so in love with. Look how beautiful that cottage is! Nothing is more perfect than Narragansett Green for that lakeside cottage.

#10 Clay Beige

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This neutral beige has green and red undertones to it. Clay Beige looks perfect with browns and blues.

 

#11 Greenbrier Beige

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If you want to work on a room with dark, wooden floor, try Greenbrier beige. We just love the warmth and gorgeousness it creates.

#12 Soft Marigold

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Orange doesn’t have to be ‘popsicle orange’. Soft Marigold is that type of orange that can make any room looks romantic and sexy.

#13 Exotic Red

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This is a deep, saturated red. Paint your kitchen chairs and cabinet with it for a playful vibe.

#14 Million Dollar Red

 

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Another rich red variant that we adore is Million Dollar Red. It brings a sharp, sophisticated look and exudes a bold and a million-dollar-look to any room, hence the name.

 

#15 Razzle Dazzle

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Oh, we love pink! And Razzle Dazzle is a show stopper. It can make any room fabulous, flirty and feminine.

#16 Blushing Bride

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This Ben Moore pink, on the other hand, is so subtle and so soft on the eyes. Perfect for your crafts room, home office or nursery.

Disclaimer: This is not an advertorial for Benjamin Moore paint products. PTH picked the mentioned paint colors in this blog post according to the team’s experience and personal preferences.

If you wish to learn more about Benjamin Moore paints, visit www.benjaminmoore.com.

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8 mistakes to avoid at your open house

It’s a tough market. Many sellers go the extra mile to show buyers that they will get the best bang out of their buck. Professional home staging and effective advertising are the most common investments often used, but  efforts shouldn’t stop there.

There are some things that you should be aware of before your open house.  These are  common open house mistakes that can dash home sellers hopes for a successful showing.

Below are 8 open house mistakes that you should avoid:

#1 Unprofessional agent on duty

Having a professional agent by your side is something you shouldn’t take for granted. Make sure that your agent and his team are doing what they are supposed to do. He/ She shouldn’t be busier texting than answering questions that potentials buyers might raise.

#2 Hovering

“Nothing scares off buyers faster than getting cornered by a desperate seller”, says Elizabeth Weintraub, a realtor with Lyon Estate in Sacramento, California.

It’s true. Put yourself in their shoes and imagine how you feel if a seller just won’t get out of your way. It is good to give buyers specific property information but you should also let them look through the house themselves.

#3 Absence of marketing materials

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Running out of copies is not an excuse. Every buyer who walks through your door must take home an info packet. If not, you won’t be remembered. Your chance of getting shortlisted is minimal.

Must read: Marketing Your Home for Baby Boomers

#4 Music

Music is rather distracting than pleasing. Your visitors might think that you may be covering up terrible road noise or neighbour noise.

#5 Strong or unpleasant odors

In reality, you only got one opportunity to make a first impression and if that first impression is an overwhelming smell, you will ruin it.   The day before the open house, try not to use bleach or any cleaning agent that has a strong smell. Tone down on the air fresheners as well as it may raise questions about what you are hiding.

#6 Leaving jewellery and other valuables unattended

Remember that many people, practically strangers, will go in and out of your house and you don’t want to tempt their honesty. You don’t want to poison the deal when something precious goes missing and everybody’s a suspect.

Check out Techniques For Hiding Those Eyesores Inside The Home

# 7 Setting the wrong temperature

Temperature might seem a little insignificant but it isn’t. It will keep your guests comfortable while taking a tour. The rule is pretty simple. Your house should be warm but not hot in the winter and cool but not cold in the summer months.

#8 Pets on the loose

Litter boxes are the number one turn-offs for buyers. Letting your pets loose during your open house can cost you a sale. Best to keep your pets away while your open house is on-going.

Remember that there is no such thing as second impression. You’ve only got one chance so don’t blow it.

 

Do you need help staging your home? Give us a call 250-212-0057 today or email us at info@prepthishouse.com.