Recently I have been showing a lot of vacant houses. Not for any particular reason, it’s just sort of a random coincidence that they are empty. Some of the houses have been vacant rentals and some have been houses for sale where the owner has already moved out.
Either way, the one thing that is certain is there is a particular starkness or a “emotional coldness” to an empty house.
Another thing I’ve noticed is that when a bathroom is “vacant”, it doesn’t feel as clean. I have no idea why, but that’s just MY overall impression. Now, new construction doesn’t feel that way, but a vacant house that was once lived in most often does.
Even if it has been cleaned from stem to stern, there still maybe a lingering film of soap scum that won’t come off the tiles. Or, maybe the tub isn’t as glossy as it once was after years of cleaning. Whatever it is, I just always feel like I can “sense” the prior person living in the house and that’s just not ideal.
I think one way to warm things up and distract from the sense of the prior inhabitant, is to put up a fresh clean shower curtain. Perhaps something bright and fun if the bathroom is primarily white. Or, maybe something clean and neutral if the bathroom fixtures have color. Whatever it is, it should be clean and crisp and new.
Also, if you can, make it fabric. Fabric lends an elegance to the situation. But even if it is plastic, just make it brand new.
The objective is to deflect the eye from the imperfections of the bath. When there is nothing but blank fixtures, it is human nature to concentrate on them. If there’s a fun, splashy shower curtain, people viewing the home won’t focus so hard on what’s not perfect.
So, if you have a house on the market for sale or rent and it’s vacant, put up a nice shower curtain, it may just bring the needed panache you need to get the deal done.
Image: Garnet Hill