How to Increase Your Home's Value by Remodeling a Bathroom
Return on investment is a big consideration when remodeling any part of your home.
If you are considering listing your home for sale in the near future you may be wondering what is worth spending money on and what to leave.
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Bathrooms and kitchens are two of the most important things to buyers when looking at a new home.
With a return of as much as 85%, refreshing your bathroom could be one of the best investments you will make to set your home apart from the competition.
Have you ever considered how often your bathroom gets used and how often it gets cleaned.
All that use, cleaning, and traffic causes wear and tear over time that can make it look tired and dingy.
Making sure to update this space before selling will take it from tired to light and bright.
1. Update the Vanity
If your vanity is in good condition but could use some updating, consider refinishing and staining or painting it. A light paint color can make a small space seem bigger and brighter. A cabinet painting kit can help you get it done affordably and quickly.
Hardware is like jewelry for your vanity! Change out the knobs to something more updated. Chrome or brushed nickel are popular options in a simple knob or bar pull.
Updating your vanity top to a granite or marble is a relatively inexpensive fix but can add a feeling of luxury to any bathroom. If that is not in your budget, try painting the laminate countertops to look like a stone top with a countertop painting kit.
If you decide to switch out the countertops, it will be a perfect opportunity to also update the sinks and faucets. Undermount sinks are what buyers are looking for because they are easy to keep clean and are sleeker looking in a space. In addition, updating faucets to something simple that matches the finish of the new hardware in the space can make a huge difference in the overall appearance.
2. Change up the Flooring
Damaged, dirty, or cracked flooring can be unappealing to potential homeowners. If you have the budget, updating old vinyl flooring to tile can make the bathroom more updated and appealing.
Although we have never done it, some people like to paint their existing sheet vinyl flooring and stencil it to look like a new floor.
If you have existing tile flooring that is damaged, using a tile repair kit may help improve the look without costing an arm and a leg.
At the very least, clean up the flooring well and make sure to scrub any grout lines to remove residual grime.
3. Boost the Lighting
Make sure lights are clean and bulbs are changed. Cool white or daylight bulbs offer the best lighting for a bathroom.
Wall scones can offer flattering lighting in a bathroom and replacing light fixtures can make a big difference in the overall look of the room.
Some fixtures can have the ability to remove the existing glass shades and replace them with a new glass shade to update the look without replacing the whole light!
4. Jazz up the Tub/Shower
Clean and refinish old tubs to make them look like new. There are companies that can do this for you or you can buy refinishing kits and do it yourself.
Thoroughly clean the tile surround and grout lines.
If the tile is in good shape but needs to be freshened up you can regrout it for a new look.
Don't forget the plumbing fixtures! changing the shower head and trim kit can improve the look tremendously.
5. Paint it Pretty
A light, neutral paint color on the bathroom walls, such as a cream, beige or gray, will lighten up the bathroom and allow the attention to be on the other updates in the room. Light colors can actually allow the space to feel larger and everyone can appreciate a spacious bathroom!
6. Change out the Mirror
Adding a new mirror or mirrors will enhance the look of spaciousness and make it look like a new space!
If you have an existing plate mirror that is still in good condition, adding trim to frame it can add a dressed up look without much added cost.
Keep in mind that selections should match the overall look of the home to help the space feel cohesive.
Also, selecting something classic will benefit you the most as a wide variety of people could appreciate the style.
In today's competitive market these small changes can make a huge difference to improve the overall look and appeal of your home.
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