Tips On Upgrading Your Bathroom
Upgrade Your Bathrooms Prior to Selling Your Home
Upgrading or remodeling your bathrooms prior to the sale of your
home is a great way to increase the value of your home as well as
decrease the amount of time spent on the market. And bathroom remodeling
can usually be done quite affordably!
But must you remodel every bathroom in your home? The answer is
no! Focus on two bathrooms: the guest bathroom and the master bathroom.
The guest bathroom is an important room to have in tip-top shape,
for a variety of reasons. Not the least of which is that potential
buyers often will ask to use the bathroom while they are in your
home. A nice, modern, clean guest bathroom will catch their attention.
Additionally, the fact that this room is actually "used" by the
guest creates an attachment to the home. Finally, the time spent
in the guest bathroom is, whether consciously or not, time used
by the buyer to evaluate the home. An impressive guest bathroom
can create a memorable, lasting experience for the buyer.
If your home does not have a guest bathroom, and the children's
bath serves that purpose, it is a good idea to redo this bathroom.
This is especially true if it is decorated with children's decor,
such as wallpaper with animated characters or bright, primary colors.
Children's shower curtains and the like should also be removed.
When you redo this bathroom, redo it for an adult. Your children
will not suffer from it, and will likely feel more "grown up" with
their new, adult-oriented bathroom.
Be sure it is clean, with any bath toys hidden, towels nicely folded,
sinks, counters and mirrors clean and free of toothpaste or other
residue, trash cans empty, and toilet and bathtub clean and free
The master bathroom should at least give a feeling of space if
it is not spacious in actuality. The use of counter to ceiling mirrors
and bright lighting will aid in creating this illusion. Have the
bathroom nicely accented with big, thirsty towels, attractive scented
soaps, candles or oils, and green plants.
General things to consider when remodeling a bathroom include such
things as replacing or dispensing entirely with old medicine cabinets.
You may wish to consider hanging a framed mirror instead of a mirror
affixed to the wall.
A new coat of paint is also a great idea. Paint the ceilings and
walls the same color, with the trim painted white. Consider a wallpaper
border along the ceiling. Use light, airy colors.
Some old toilets, tubs or sinks may be impossible to completely
rid of stains. If such is the case, these items should be replaced.
Shower curtains should be replaced, sliding shower doors should
be free of hard water deposits or replaced. Soap dishes should be
clean and free of soap scum. Any grout should be free of mildew
stains, calcium deposits, soap scum, or other stains.
Replacing linoleum with ceramic tile or carpeting is a good idea.
Plumbing fixtures should be modernized and stylish. Switches and
outlets should be clean or replaced. Lighting should be updated
and bright. Replace shower heads to ensure plenty of water flow.
These small things don't cost an arm and a leg, and will help make
an impression on your potential buyers!
Catherine Nguyen was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and is a
licensed real estate agent. Ms. Nguyen specializes in Dallas
real estate and has a career with Renowned Realty Group Dallas/Ft.
Worth RE/MAX. For more information, please visit www.dallasrr.com.
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