Bathroom repairs don’t have to be expensive
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.
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 If your vanity is old and outdated, you can easily paint it and give it a totally different look.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.
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 Flank a decorative mirror with two simple sconces, or replace an outdated above-thevanity light with a modern upgrade.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.
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.
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 Be sure to replace towel racks if they are old and outdated.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.
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
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.