How to Stage Your Bathroom For a Home Sale

There are two rooms in a home that will improve the chances of a sale – the kitchen and the bathrooms. The potential home buyer needs to be wooed by the bathrooms of a home. Making that bathroom into a personal spa can attract more attention and make the buyers hungry for a sales contract.

Cleanliness is Essential

Before preparing the bathroom for a home sale, the seller needs to clean from top to bottom. This does not mean spraying some cleaner in the shower stall and walking away. Cleaning means getting down and removing dirt from the baseboards, corners of the shower stall and edges of the bathtub. The seller must remember the home that appears move in ready will sell more quickly.

The Five Star Experience

Staging the bathroom for a home sale can be easy and inexpensive. The only props needed for the job are two plush robes, a wicker basket, two thick bath towels, two thick hand towels, several thick wash clothes, some ribbon and an assortment of soaps.

The bath towels need to be placed evenly on the rods present in most bathrooms. If there are no towel rods, a bath towel rack can be …

Home Décor Craft Ideas: Pink and Green Paisley Mouse Pad

Why spend money on a boring mouse pad, when you can easily create your own? This adorable pink paisley mouse pad is inexpensive to create and so much fun! This craft is also easy enough for children to complete with a bit of adult supervision.

For this project, you will need:

– Anna Griffin “Eliza Pink Paisley” Print Paper (found in stores and online at Paper Addict)

– Anna Griffin “Eliza Lime Paisley” Print Paper (found in stores and online at Paper Addict)

– 8 inch by 5 inch by ¼ inch thick piece of cardboard

– Delta CeramCoat Paint in Bubblegum Opaque

– Sponge brush

– Mod Podge or other decoupage medium

– Decorative edge scissors

– Popsicle stick

– Craft roller

– Heart shape stencil

– Pencil

– Acrylic finishing spray

– Newspaper

Due to the large amount of glues and paint involved in this project, it is recommended to first cover your workspace fully with newspaper. Begin by coating the entire piece of 8 inch by 5 inch by ¼ inch thick cardboard in Delta CeramCoat Paint in Bubblegum Opaque using the sponge brush. Let the paint dry for about a half hour before adding a second …

A Southwestern Home Décor Bathroom

Creating the warm inviting glow of a Southwestern home décor bathroom is a great way to makeover your existing bathroom into a luxurious retreat. A Southwestern home décor bathroom incorporates a few key elements that make it distinctly Southwestern. Color is the main aspect of Southwestern décor that will truly make your bathroom unique and beautiful. Fabulous textures continue the warm rustic feel that is associated with a Southwestern décor theme in your home. Rustic hardware is the finishing touch your home bathroom.

Painting your walls or even your furniture is the first step to creating a Southwestern home décor bathroom. Southwestern colors are warm blues, greens, seinnas, sands, sunny yellows, and well any earthy warm color you might find in nature. Cactus green is a great Southwestern home décor color to use in your bathroom. Painting the walls is just the first step in adding paint to your Southwestern home décor bathroom. Ground your Southwestern wall colors by painting any furniture in the bathroom as well. Think rustic. You can apply your Southwestern paint colors to your surface using a regular three inch paint brush. The streaky painted on surface is perfect for a Southwestern décor. If you have …

Smarter Green Home Ideas to Recycle Wasted Energy

Our homes, green or not, waste a lot of energy. As I read articles and product reviews, I have noticed that many of the biggest energy wasters and some of the simplest solutions have yet to be discussed. I will attempt to point out these issues and provide easy solutions.

Let’s start with the clothes dryer. Many of us believe that the microwave in our home is the biggest energy puller or maybe the HVAC. In fact, our electric clothes dryer draws 9kW per cycle! If we live in an apartment, it is probably much more because we seem to have to run them longer or for more than one cycle to get the job done. This is because the long exhaust vents from the dryer to the outside is packed with who knows how many years of lint. Every bit of lent clogs the line and makes it harder for the dryer to vent the moist, hot air. Let’s think about that for a moment. We are heating air just to vent it outside – that’s wasted energy. Now, of course, it has to go somewhere or the clothes won’t dry. Why not use that already hot air …

How to Install a Flushometer Bathroom Toilet

Flushometer bathroom toilets differ from conventional bathroom toilets for of a number of reasons, but the main one is that it saves water. Also called a pressure-valve-flush toilet, it regulates water pressure and duration of flush by using a valve and a control stop. A flushometer bathroom toilet will come with one of two types of valves- piston or diaphragm. For areas with hard water, the piston valve is the better of the two.

When installing a flushometer bathroom toilet it is important to first turn off the water supply. Next, flush the toilet to get any remaining water out of the tank. Remove the lid, loosen the setscrew and remove the stopper assembly. Use an adjustable wrench to unscrew the nut beneath the tank at the water inlet pipe while at the same time holding the hex net inside the tank with locking pliers. This will disconnect the water supply line.

If the tank is mounted on the bowl, remove the tank’s bolts with an open-end wrench and a screwdriver. Lift the tank carefully off the bowl and lay flat on its back on an old towel to prevent it from getting scratched. If the tank is mounted on …