It's Really Hard to Sell a House with Your Legs Crossed!

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Bathroom Chat Part II

While following Kathy Somer's blog on faux staging last week (that topic was beat to death, but here it is if you were living under a rock and missed it...) something came up over and over again that I'd like to challenge address.

  • Stagers keep talking about tying their towels up with assorted doo-dads in order to keep anyone from using them or the bathroom period!

  • Well I have some news for you: we go to the bathroom too, just like everyone else. Especially when we have a 4+ hour tour.

  • Now, do you want us to rush through the house you just staged so lovingly or skip it alltogether in order to find a gas station bathroom?

  • When you have guests do you send them down the street or make them use a port-a-potty in the backyard? I didn't think so.

  • A Realtor with qualified buyers is probably going to be the most important guest you will ever have in your home, so treat them accordingly!

  • They're going to use the bathroom anyway, and it doesn't matter if you tie your towels up with barbed wire ... they will find a corner to wipe their hands on!

  • So may I suggest providing a basket filled with nice disposable hand towels! If you're lucky, they may just use one to wipe up the sink.

  • Whatever you do, do not put plastic over the toilet or tape it down to keep people from using it unless it's non-functioning or  there is another bathroom that has been made available. A note directing them to it would be a good idea so that they don't have to go on a wild goose chase.

    In case you missed Part I, click here
    Coming soon Bathroom Chat Part III...

 

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Lisa: Tell me about it! Especially after a 6 hour tour.

Michelle and Kristina: Thanks, my pleasure!

 

July 13, 2008 02:40 AM
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Joyce Zdenek
Hallmark Sotheby's International Realty & Joyce's Interiors

I agree and have never tied up the towels, but do place decorative towels on the towel bars and then place an additonal towel to use on the sink, decorative, but functional.  In fact, it's the way I do it in my own home.

Joyce

July 13, 2008 07:13 AM
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July 23, 2008 09:59 AM
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Amy Jeffrey
Currant Designs & Home Staging Serving Austin, Texas
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As a stager with a good portion of my business coming from new home builders, I've never seen it from this point of view.  New home builders have models, so I always thought their buyers would just use the model bathroom.  But, qeez, you're right.  When ya gotta go, ya gotta go.  I've never gone to any length to stop people from using the towels but when I found them used I would always be peeved.  So simple, give them an option!

July 24, 2008 06:22 AM
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Joyce: It works for me!

Jack: Hmmmm.....

Amy: It saves your good towels too.

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