While a lovely kitchen has the potential to persuade a buyer into the purchase of a so-so home, an outdated and grungy bathroom also has potential to turn a buyer off an otherwise attractive home. Taking the time to give your bathroom a makeover can really improve the marketability of your home. Fortunately, it also doesn’t have to break the bank monetarily or in time. Here are some great ideas for revitalizing your bathroom for a resell with a small budget!
First of all, like every room in the house, give your bathroom a fresh coat of paint. It is inexpensive, fairly simple, and makes a huge impact. First of all, it covers any stains made from water minerals and moisture, and it can brighten up the space and make it appear bigger and cleaner. Use a white that is on the warmer side as opposed to a brighter spectrum of white. White also provides a blank canvas for people trying to envision themselves in your home.
Next, brighten up any tile by bleaching, cleaning, or replacing the grout. It can be a labor intensive job, but it is one that anyone can do. It will make your bathroom appear newer, more modern, and clean. Do the same for your tub or shower. Use a non-abrasive cleanser/bleach/whitener along with a scrub brush or pad to clean the water stains off of your shower, bathtub, and sink. These things don’t often get done in the weekly cleaning grind but can really brighten up a bathroom and improve its appearance.
Scrub or better yet, just replace that toilet. Toilets are fairly inexpensive. Of course, there are the exceptions with the ‘smart’ auto flushing toilets or the gold surface toilets, but if you keep it simple, you can come away with a nice commode for $200.00. That isn’t a huge investment on a six-figure sale. It will freshen your bathroom up and keep future buyers from only thinking about having to replace the toilet instead of your home’s amazing qualities.
A vanity/sink makeover or replacement is a more laborious and costly endeavor but one that may yield a high rate of return (known as a quick sale at your asking price). It is one that requires more skills and labor and of course, an investment in the materials. But, it can still be a relatively inexpensive upgrade that can contribute to the sale of your home especially if the vanity is old, over-used, and shabby.
Another cost effective upgrade for your bathroom that can really charm potential owners is extra storage. There are a number of over-the-toilet or wall attachment units that give homeowners extra storage for all those ‘morning routine must haves’. Consider a new medicine chest above the sink that gives more space and adds an updated feel. A new shower or bathtub shell with all the latest and greatest shelves will also give potential owners visions of space for their three kinds of shampoo. Likewise, it will give a ‘new’ feel to your bathroom. The bad news is it is more of an investment. But, if you think it will make the sale and you can recoup the cost, then why not?
New light fixtures are a great way to freshen up any room. Of course lights run the whole gambit budget wise, but you can get a nice, modern light for under $100. It can really change the atmosphere of your bathroom from sad to happy! A new faucet has the same capabilities. If that 1960s faucet is still in your bathroom, consider an update. It may make all the difference.
Go ahead and spend the money to stage your bathroom as well! Find the cool shower curtain and the awesome fluffy towels. Add new hardware-towel rack, toilet paper holder, etc… and jazz it up. Add a new plant, a jazzy mirror, and a fun new wall hanging or piece of art to mesmerize lookers. You can take the items with you to your new home or leave them for good karma with the new owners, but either way, they will be a low cost detail that will have potential home buyers smitten with their future bathroom.
Whatever you do, don’t leave your bathroom to chance! While it might not be the deal maker, it is worth it to take a few hours and spend a few bucks to give your bathroom the refresher it needs to entice, or at least not scare away potential buyers from making an offer.