When it’s time to sell your home, the smallest room may make the biggest impact. According to Remodeling Magazine, a mid-range bathroom remodel costs about $20,000 and increases the home’s value by almost $14,000. When you make the bathroom stand out, you give buyers the impression that you’ve taken care of the home. In contrast, a shoddy bathroom can make consumers wonder whether items beneath the surface, like the plumbing, need to be updated. If you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a bathroom remodel, you can still boost your home’s value and sell it faster with these simple bathroom renovations.
Add Double Sinks
If you have a single sink in the master bathroom, you’ve probably learned that it can produce friction in the family when two or more people want to brush their teeth at the same time. Double sinks make your bathroom more efficient. According to HGTV, they also increase your home’s value.
There are several options for adding double sinks. You can purchase a countertop with built-in basins or bowls that sit on top of the vanity. If space allows for it, place two standalone vanities with sinks in one bathroom.
New accessories are a simple and affordable way to improve the look of your bathroom. Replacing the organizer that hangs on the shower head with a built-in corner caddy makes your shower or bath seem more luxurious. Elements like a seat and shaving stand are convenient. A rain-style shower head brings a spa-like feel to your bathroom. Hand-held shower heads are great options for families with kids or pets.
The smallest details can make the biggest difference. Changing the knobs on a pre-fabricated vanity can bring a custom-designed look to the space. Installing high-quality towel bars makes the area more functional and fashionable.
Don’t forget to upgrade your fabric accessories. A fluffy rug that matches your clean towels can tie the whole look together.
Bright rooms look bigger. Keep this rule in mind when revamping your bathroom.
Some options to light up your bathroom include:
• Recessed lighting
• Pendant lighting
• LED lights
• Under-cabinet lighting
• Over-the-shower heat lamps
Update the Walls
All of that efficient lighting can make less-than-perfect areas more noticeable. Clean up the walls with a coat of paint. White and other neutral colors are clean and modern. Go for a light blue, gray or green tone that’s almost white for a fresh feel. Consider painting cabinets if you can’t replace them.
You can also add wainscoting with tile or beadboard. It can make the ceilings look higher, and it’s easy to clean.
Consumers tend to prefer a traditional feel for the master bathroom. You can get away with punchier colors and unique décor in second and third bathrooms.
Add a Shower Door
Shower curtains can attract mold and be a hassle to deal with. Clean up your bathroom by installing a sleek shower door instead. Shower doors are stylish, and they give the illusion of more space.
You can improve the efficiency of your space by creating a corner shower. Angled doors make the most of the area. Sliding doors are the most useful in cramped rooms. You can install a pivot door in bigger bathrooms.
Shower doors are easier to clean than curtains. Plus, they can be coated with a special treatment that repels water and adds even more convenience.
Redo the Tubs
You have several options for updating the base of your shower. If you live in an area that caters to older couples, you might want to put a low-entry base into one of your bathrooms. If young couples are buying most of the homes in your area, consider installing a jetted tub in the master bathroom. When it comes to tubs, bigger is usually better.
Homeowners that don’t want to replace the tubs can benefit from upgrading the faucets. This is especially important if the taps are leaking or worn. Choose from finishes such as oil-rubbed bronze, chrome and brushed nickel for brand-new appeal that matches the atmosphere in the rest of your home.
Maximize Storage Space
When you’re staging a house in preparation for selling it, you need to remove any clutter from the countertops. However, buyers will be opening cabinets and drawers to see how much storage space you have. Keep hidden areas organized, and don’t fill them to the brim.
This is a great time to consider whether your bathroom has enough room for storage. Installing a narrow shelving unit or adding doors to the cabinets under the sink can go a long way toward streamlining the space.
If you can’t add storage areas to your bathroom, consider putting a small stool or rolling cart in the room. It will provide a hotel-like feel, and you can stack a few fluffy towels on it.
Add Some Gadgets
If the basic structure in your bathroom is already ideal, consider adding some gadgets. High-tech toilets aren’t necessarily desirable because they confuse people. However, other add-ons, like radiant heating in the floors, shower seats and audio systems are nice to have.
Put in a Second Bath
A two-bathroom home is preferable to a one-bathroom house, according to Zillow. If it works with your budget, installing a full bath can dramatically improve its chances of selling.
At the very least, your bathroom should look fresh and clean. Remediate mold issues, and give the walls a fresh coat of paint. Re-grouting the tile or painting over dingy lines with a grout paint pen will also make your bathroom sparkle. If the thought of a bathroom remodel is daunting, contact us to find out how we can help you enhance your home.