Please welcome guest contributor to TeamFisher.com, Rachel Vanderveen, a Calgary real estate blogger and home stager who is writing an eight-part series of home staging advice for our blog. This is part five in that series. Rachel’s previous home staging posts can be found here.
As we work through the outer parts of the house and begin to move towards the inner parts, it may be tempting to start to believe that no one is really going to be looking at these parts as much as the main floor and living areas, but I can assure that this is not true. People will indeed look into the bedrooms, the closets, the pantries, and the bathroom cabinets. Some people may even open up your fridge, dishwasher, washer and dryer to see what they could expect from an appliance that they may soon acquire. This week, I would like to move deeper into the master bedroom to see what needs to be done there to make it shine and stand-out on the Saskatoon MLS®.
Let’s start with the master bedroom and bathroom. Over the years, I have found that it is easier to tell clients what I do want to see, rather than what I don’t want to see in the bedrooms. So let’s start with the basics. First, I would like to see a bed, two nightstands, and two matching lamps. Anything else in the room should be sharply questioned in terms of whether it’s going to stay or go. All of your extra bedside materials will need to be boxed up. No books, glasses of water, prescription drugs, or eyewear. The tables should be totally clear. To make things easier, you may consider getting a small Rubbermaid bin for your nighttime accessories and sliding it under your bed.
If you have a dresser in the room, there should be lots of room for it. A good rule of thumb is that two people should be able to hold hands and walk all the way around the bed without hitting the dresser or the bed on any side. If you don’t have that kind of space in your room, I would strongly suggest removing the dresser. There are two reasons for this. The first one is the obvious one, and that is that the less we have in a space, the bigger the space appears to be. The second is that having an extra dresser in the room tends to say that there isn’t enough room in the master closet to store all of the clothes. If you’re like me, there probably isn’t enough room in the closet. This is why it’s important to pack up all the unnecessary seasonal clothes and store them away as mentioned in previous blogs.
Unfortunately, TVs in the bedroom are always going to be a big no-no. The same goes for video games. TVs in the room bring a harsh value to the space. The feng shui is all off. I would very strongly recommend removing them and boxing them up.
If you have the same bedding that you received as a wedding gift in 1994, I would suggest getting a bed in a bag from Walmart, Winners, or Home Sense. These products are worth their weight in gold. They can be purchased for a very low price and they come with sheets, comforter, bed skirts and usually a few throw pillows. Be sure to pick a neutral shade. Stick to browns, beiges, whites or creams. Being that your bed is the going to be the focal point in the room, you want to make sure that you make it look modern and inviting.
Moving into the master closet, be sure to follow the instructions of previous blogs by removing as much as you can. Remember, the less there is in the closet, the bigger it looks. Once you’re all done boxing everything up, colour block what is left.
When I describe the master bathroom to my clients, I tell them it should look “spa-like.” Totally clear the counters of all products. Buy a five-dollar shower caddy from Walmart and keep all of your products in there so that when you need to shower, you can take the caddy in with you, and when you’re done, you can place it back under the sink. You can keep a pump-able hand soap on the counter (no, you can’t have a bar of cracked and grey-stained bar soap) and a neutral vase with fake white flowers in them. Everything else should go. The only other thing I would like to see on the counter is three hand towels folded in perfect squares, and then three face clothes folded in perfect squares on top of those. Then on the very top, I want you to fold a fan or a swan to sit on top of the pile. You can find out how to do that here. On the floor by your tub or shower, take a basket and fill it with rolled up white towels, and place it where it won’t be in the way. I know this is not the way that people honestly live in their homes, but remember, we are selling an experience as much as we are selling a house in Saskatoon, so remember that every little bit counts!
The bathroom itself should shine from head to toe. Every surface should be polished and clean, and potential Saskatoon home buyers should be able to walk into your shower and eat dinner off the floor. The most important spaces in your home to keep clean as a whistle are the kitchen and the bathroom, so don’t skimp on polishing time in these areas.
The master bedroom is one of the most serene spaces in your Saskatoon real estate listing. You need to make sure that this space tells a story to your buyers. So let your room be the main space of the house that says, “Come on in, and enjoy!”
Until next time…
Rachel Vanderveen is a Calgary Christian Realtor specializing in Calgary condos, South East Calgary Real Estate, home staging and Calgary Real Estate Investment, and Auburn Bay Realty. But more importantly she is a mother to four adorable children, a lover of Auburn Bay Real Estate, and an avid writer of Calgary Real Estate Blogs. For more information on Calgary Home Buyers, or searching mlslistings.ca, visit her website here.