Selling A Home - Fix Up the Bath

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Relaxing Tub in Home for Sale Birmingham Alabama

Relaxing tub in Home for Sale Birmingham Alabama

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.Home for Sale with great shower Birmingham Alabama

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. 

Home for Sale Birmingham Alabama has new Shower

Do you have that outdated colored tile from the 50's (aqua), 60's (pink), or 70's (avocado)?  That outdated colored tile can be replaced (tumbled marble in a neutral color like the one you see here is very popular right now) and adding a seat or a spot to put your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.

Remodelled Bathroom Hoover Alabama

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  The houses we see from the 80's have a lot of brass fixtures that are considered outdated.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!


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Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Toni, kitchens and baths that's what sells homes.  These are all really great suggestions and not that costly.

Oct 15, 2009 09:27 AM #1
Lisa Bond

This is so true!  As a home stager we often tell people that repairing and updating are key in the staging process.  Showcasing the house with furniture and accessories is last - But the repairs and updates are an investment in your home's equity - without them you could lose a potential buyer and money too!

Lisa Bond

The Stagehand Home Staging and Redesign Services

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Oct 15, 2009 10:24 AM #2
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