Bath­room re­pairs don’t have to be ex­pen­sive

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - BUSINESS - Mau­reen Hughes On Real Es­tate

Kitchens and bath­rooms sell homes - but often, bath­room ren­o­va­tions don’t make it onto the to-do list. If you are plan­ning to sell, you might not want to in­vest money into a full bath­room ren­o­va­tion, but it’s im­por­tant to high­light the best bath­room fea­tures and spruce up what you al­ready have. If you don’t have the cash to re­place the en­tire bath­room, do a thor­ough clean­ing and then nar­row your up­dates to the worst of­fend­ing ar­eas of your bath­room. We have cho­sen 5 ar­eas to up­date for less than $100 - choose one, or even choose them all and give your bath­room a jump start to woo over po­ten­tial buy­ers.

Paint

Giv­ing a bath­room a fresh coat of paint can make a world of a dif­fer­ence. Choose some­thing neu­tral or com­pli­men­tary to the cur­rent style of the room. Light grey or white is al­ways a good choice. If your van­ity is old and out­dated, you can eas­ily paint it and give it a to­tally dif­fer­ent look. Keep ex­ist­ing sink and coun­ter­top if fi­nances are tight and let the fresh paint job do the talk­ing.

Light­ing

Old light­ing can re­ally put a damper on ev­ery­thing. Up­dat­ing light­ing can be done with a lit­tle cash and some elec­tri­cal work. Flank a dec­o­ra­tive mir­ror with two sim­ple sconces, or re­place an out­dated above-the­van­ity light with a mod­ern up­grade. There are many light­ing options for less than $100 that can eas­ily add drama to your bath­room makeover. If you aren’t knowl­edge­able in elec­tri­cal DIY projects, ask a friend or fam­ily mem­ber for help and spice things up with en­ergy ef­fi­cient, mod­ern light­ing.

Tile

At the very least, new grout is a great start­ing point for mak­ing old tile shine. At best, re­plac­ing tile, even with in­ex­pen­sive sub­way tiles or an­other neu­tral choice on sale at your lo­cal hard­ware store is a great way to add huge value. If you’ve never worked with tile be­fore, ask a friend or fam­ily mem­ber to help you get started and you’ll most likely find that it’s a rel­a­tively easy process that can be done in a week­end with huge re­turn for your fu­ture home sale.

Ac­ces­sories

Add a cre­ative touch with a quick ac­ces­sory over­haul. Co­or­di­nate an in­ter­est­ing mix of prints in the same color hue and add tex­ture to com­ple­ment the fea­tures of your room. Put one or two pieces of art­work on the walls and add a plant or can­dle. Be sure to re­place towel racks if they are old and out­dated.

Linens and Mir­rors

Aside from the van­ity and floor­ing, linens and mir­rors can make or

break a bath­room. Fresh, clean, fun linens can add style and a pop of color to a neu­tral paint scheme. A small bath­room can have the ap­pear­ance of added space with a full length mir­ror or pump up your style with a fun

bath­room van­ity mir­ror to give your bath­room a new life.

Stor­age

In­stall shelv­ing, hang­ing racks or use­ful stor­age so po­ten­tial buy­ers can vi­su­al­ize the ex­tra

space your bath­room can boast. Don’t worry about adding un­der­mount stor­age in the van­ity, in­stead pay at­ten­tion to the ar­eas of your bath­room that are clut­tered and ei­ther re­move all of those items, or stow them neatly out of

sight.

Mau­reen Hughes is the Lead List­ing Spe­cial­ist of The Wayne Megill Real Es­tate Team of Keller Wil­liams Brandy­wine Val­ley in West Ch­ester. For buyer or seller

rep­re­sen­ta­tion, or for more per­spec­tive on the lo­cal and na­tional real es­tate mar­ket, please email mau­reen­hughes@ kw.com and visit The Wayne Megill Team site at http://www. wayne­megill­team.com.

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