Quick Bathroom Fixes

Real Estate Agent with Sutton Group Seafair Realty - Richmond, Ladner & Tsawwassen

I would say "cheap" as well, but that word is interpreted differently by everybody. I generally tend to think that most people notice the same things I do (this is mostly from experience of going through so many homes with so many people). That said, there are a couple of things that can be done easily or moderately easy by anyone within what I consider reasonable cost. With the exception of electrical these are doable by most anyone. Buyers are attracted to "fresh" looking rooms.


1. If the caulking around your tub/shower/toilet/sink is showing signs of mold or mildew either clean it to pristine white (not as easy as you think) or remove it and replace it. There are so many "DIY" videos on the web or 1 hour courses available at places like Home Depot (I have seen them offered on the bulletin board at the Richmond, BC location) that I won't go into the details here. I'm sure Rona offers similar seminars. I've done the replacing in my 3 bathrooms in my Ladner home and have done it before in my Steveston condo) and it's not that hard to do.


2. A fresh coat of a neutral coloured bathroom paint (yes there are different types of paint - bathroom paint is made specifically to handle the moisture content) always refreshes and brightens a room and can cover up minor flaws. And don't forget to paint the trim around the floor, window frame and door.


3. If you have a bathroom fan and it full of lint, dust, rust or just looks gross try and have it replaced - ditto for a very outdated light fixture. (you may need to hire an electrician if you don't know one or can do this yourself).


4. Towel bars, toilet roll holders and shower rods can be very inexpensive and are generally very simple to install. So, if you are painting, remove these items first; make any repairs and then replace. Light switch plate covers are super cheap and dead easy. Knobs and draw pulls are easy and cheap as well. Ditto a toothbrush holder, garbage receptacle and soap dish (personally I prefer a liquid soap at the sink - much neater). 


5. Linens and shower curtains - if your home is going on to market, pick up a few fluffy white towels and a nice white/neutral coloured shower liner (you don't need a full curtain set). Put the towels out only for showings. It's amazing how pristine clean packs a punch with a prospective buyer.


6. I like to keep bric a brac in the bathroom to a minimum - of course, space usually dictates how much is out. A single large candle, a small flower arrangement, no toiletries except a great bottle of cologne. Be careful with scent, it bothers a lot of people. If your home is being shown put the hair products (shampoo and stuff included) away. 


7. Probably one of  the most important thing is a super deep cleaning. Got guys in your house? Ever looked at the wall behind the toilet?????  I'm just saying. 


8. So, if you have extra cash and feel the need to do a little bit more decide on what YOU notice that you don't like. Is it the flooring? the sink? the mirror or wall cabinet? The tub? The shower or surround? These are things that may take you in the realm of needing a little more expertise and assistance which costs money on top of materials. And some of these materials are not cheap either. 


If you have any ideas you would like to add or things you have had success with, please feel free to post! Would love to hear from you. 

Comments (2)

Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Jan these are great cost-effective tips and anyone considering marketing their home should attempt these pragmatic quick-fixes.

Mar 23, 2011 04:13 AM
Jan Rankin Richmond
Sutton Group Seafair Realty - Richmond, Ladner & Tsawwassen - Richmond, BC
South Delta Realtor

Thanks Chris!

Mar 23, 2011 04:17 AM