A dated bathroom can be an eye-sore and scare away potential buyers with the prospect of extensive and costly upgrades. But it doesn’t have to be that way – a bathroom remodel can be a weekend DIY project and add value to your home. Assuming you don’t need to gut your bathroom to the studs or get permits for electrical or plumbing changes, a bathroom can be transformed with a modest investment of time and money.
You have a weekend to invest in your home, don’t you?
Is the layout doable – can it stay as it is? If you need to add or remove a tub or shower fixture, expect to call in the experts and up your budget. If you’re upgrading or enlarging your vanity, add time into your plan for a tear-out and install. Need to replace the toilet? That can be a do-it-yourself project with the help of a friend and proper tools.
There are a lot of affordable options if you plan to replace your flooring. Consider ease of installation, style and price when making your decision. Or perhaps your floor doesn’t need anything more than a thorough cleaning and new bath rug…that’s even better!
A new color scheme can make a huge difference in a bathroom – paint the walls in a more neutral tone and add in the fun-colors with accessories. Feeling ambitious – paint the vanity (just take the time to consult with an expert and properly prep, prime and paint).
Rugs, towels, shower curtain in a new color or pattern; a new funky mirror, towel bars, perhaps adding new hardware in an interesting design – all this can do wonders for your bathroom. And how about some greenery to bring some life to that room?
You don’t have to stay with the basic bathroom light fixtures – if you like drama, try a fun chandelier or something out of the ordinary. Add candles for a sophisticated feel. Just remember if you’re planning to sell, it’s best to keep things simple.
Investing in a bathroom remodel yields on average, about a 62% return – but you’ve got to do it right. You’ll turn off buyers if you only put in the minimal amount of work or just try to disguise or hide defects. If you discover plumbing issues, mold or leaks, be sure to take the time and money to fix it properly.
An outdated bathroom can be transformed – it really can! Just make a plan, carve out some time and be ready to get dirty, and you’ll be rewarded with a fresh bathroom that appeals to both you and potential buyers.
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