More and more bathrooms are becoming a major selling point in homes. Home buyers are more than likely to pass on a home with a pink sink, floor to ceiling flowery wallpaper, and out-dated tile for a home down the street with bathrooms that give them a spa feeling. How do you achieve this while making your money back (and then some)?...
• First give your bathroom(s) a major cleaning! Simple things like dirty grout can turn a buyer away. Dirty/Moldy grout solution? Bleach and water.
• Tubs still dirty? LaPorta of HGTV's Designed to Sell says "Tub refinishing is a great improvement to make, and it saves you a lot of money in labor because you don't have to pay someone to rip out your old bathtub. It usually costs around $250, and that's a great investment".
• Just with the rest of your house, home buyers want a spacious feeling and they do look through your drawers and cabinets... so clean out your bathroom cabinets. If you have your things jam-packed in your drawers/cabinets they may think there is not enough room to store essentials.
• Paint your bathroom to a soothing color. Neutrals sell best. For an extra touch that's easy to do, put beaded board up around the room then paint!
• Change out your "vintage" tile! If it is not in your budget to change the tile to updated ceramic then simply reglaze the existing tile which is a much cheaper alternative and will give you a brand new look. (the same goes for sinks or tubs with outdated colors--- reglaze!)
• If you have a vanity in your bathrooms be sure there is no peeling paint, etc. Think about staining or painting it to an updated color that matches your new bathroom!
• Final touches... accessorize! This will put the finishing touches on that spa feeling you are trying to achieve. Ex. Buy a wicker basket stand and roll up your towels, place candles around the room, and hang one larger painting. Why just one larger? I've heard putting lots of small wall hangings makes bathrooms actually feel smaller so try sticking to one.
Overall make sure your bathroom is updated & your design plan is consistent!
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