When looking at Buying A Home, one of the biggest yes or no items in the buyer's mind is the BATHROOM. You can have a great backyard, super den, and even updated kitchen with the latest bells and whistles, but that bathroom killed the deal! Could have been wrong color tile, bathroom too small or no separate tub and shower.
Fixing up a Bathroom is NOT that hard. If the room is too small, many times you can take in a nearby closet space or take out part of another room. These are fixes that a contractor can do fairly easily and doesn't add square footage (and additional cost) to the house.
Do you have that outdated colored tile from the 50's (aqua), 60's (pink), or 70's (avocado)? That outdated colored tile can be replaced (tumbled marble in a neutral color like the one you see here is very popular right now) and adding a seat or a spot to put your soap is a nice touch. Take a look at this house for sale in Birmingham, Alabama, that has been totally redone, with a gorgeous tub and shower. Can't you just see yourself relaxing in this beautiful bath?
Don't want that big of a project; paint the tile. Don't just slather on regular paint, there is a special paint that a professional can use. I had my mother's BRIGHT PICK bathroom painted white and it had a totally new look - the cost $400.
Light fixtures can make a huge difference and are not that expensive. I bought one for over the sink for $29.95. Some are a lot higher, but check the clearance isle at Mazer's, Home Depot or Lowes and you can find some really nice ones.
Faucets and other fixtures are also a pretty easy fix. The houses we see from the 80's have a lot of brass fixtures that are considered outdated. These can all be replaced with brushed nickel or oil rubbed bronze. If you start the job - finish it. That means the stopper in the bottom of the tub should match the faucet. And those shower doors CAN be replaced with oil rubbed bronze. This bathroom to the right is in a house built in the 90's and WAS brass just 3 short months ago. Look at it now!
If you'd like a few ideas about fixing up YOUR bath, let me know. Be creative, look at magazines and shop around. We bought several fixtures and faucets at the day after Thanksgiving Sale - and the big boxes are not nearly as crowded as the mall!
Investing in fixing up the bath will pay really make your house stand out when it comes time to sell!