We all know that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses. When these rooms look dated, tired or not well maintained, buyers may choose to pass and write an offer on another property instead. Your house could linger on the market [you don't want this], become a stale listing [nor this] and sell for less [and definitely not this]. A full-blown remodel can cost you a pretty penny, about 20K for a mid-range bathroom upgrade for example.
So what can you do when your bathrooms are dated but your budget is tight? Here are 5 budget-friendly bathroom updates that you should consider doing prior to listing your Silver Spring, MD home for sale:
5. Deep clean: this may seem like a no-brainer but I have shown (too) many homes for sale in Silver Spring, MD and beyond in the last 15+ years with filthy and/or cluttered bathrooms. Just make the whole room sparkle! It leaves an impression and tells buyers that your house has been maintained and loved. Remove soap scum, rust stains, dust, re-caulk where necessary, and empty trash cans.
4. Accessorize: change the shower curtain, add some artwork/flowers, clean and pretty towels, and a new soap dispenser. Keep the counters & any shelving free of clutter. I always recommend to put things that are needed daily in a little basket and to store it in the cabinet - clean-up becomes a breeze.
3. Paint: a little bit of elbow grease and paint can make a huge difference. It sounds cliche but it is so very true. A coat of paint can transform an entire room but it's easy to do and a budget-friendly way to update a bathroom, too. Think beyond walls, however, and consider sprucing up the cabinet, or giving the door and any trim a fresh coat of paint.
2. New fixtures: look at your faucet(s), light fixture(s), and cabinet hardware. Consider a new toilet roll holder or tension rod for your shower curtain, too. Do make sure that things match - you don't want a hodgepodge of different styles and finishes. You can score great deals at ReStores or check Facebook Marketplace for listings in your area... I have found some (cheap) treasures at both.
1. Reglaze: if your tub has seen (much) better days, ask a contractor if reglazing is an option. If yes, it will cost much less than replacing the tub and tiling the walls - and may just look brand-new to boot!
An entire bathroom remodel can cost you A LOT of money but following some or all of the above tips can not only save you a bundle but can get your house SOLD, and possibly make you some $$$, too.
Happy renovating :)
P.S. I prepare a suggested to-do list for all my sellers in Silver Spring and beyond. Together we'll walk through your home, assess your situation, consider time-frames and budgets, and get your home ready for the market. You can reach me at 240.593.2860 or email@example.com.
P.P.S. The picture is courtesy of my client, friend, and Columbia, MD home buyer George and used with his permission. He couldn't be happier with the end result of his budget-friendly bathroom remodel and the reglazed tub especially!