If you’re considering listing your home this spring, now is the time to start sprucing it up. If you’re like me, when you’re ready to move, putting more money into your current house is the last thing you want to do. However, you don’t have to break the bank to make your house look its best! We all know that kitchens and bathrooms are huge selling points to buyers. It’s important that those spaces look clean, fresh and appealing.
So, let’s talk about bathrooms. Before you start planning a huge renovation, take stock of what you’ve already got. Chances are, a little bathroom refresh will be enough to win over buyers and get your home sold! Here are four inexpensive ways to bring your bathroom into 2017.
Neutralize the Linens
Your kids might love their Finding Dory shower curtain, but it’s time to pack it up for the next house. Replace it with a plain or textured white curtain. While you’re at it, pick up a couple of inexpensive, white bath and hand towels, and don’t let anyone use them till you’re in contract! When I was showing my house, we kept a set of new white towels in the linen closet. When we had a showing, I would throw all our mismatched everyday linens (and anything else lying on the floor!) into a laundry basket and hang up the nice ones. I would stow the basket in the trunk of the car till the showing was over and my bathroom always looked fresh and neat.
Renew the Grout
My last house was a sweet midcentury bungalow that featured its original pastel pink and blue bathroom. The tiles went four feet up every wall of the bathroom, so removing them would be a major demo job. Instead, we cleaned them till they gleamed and I picked up a couple of $6 grout pens. I went over each grout line with the pens, and the difference was astounding. The tiles may not have looked trendy, but they certainly looked brand-spanking-new!
Update the Vanity
A dated vanity can easily be updated with a bit of paint or gel stain and new hardware. Check out these before-and-afters for inspiration:
For just $60 and some elbow grease, this home owner went from builder’s grade to beautiful! Image: Thrifty Artsy Girl
This owner used gel stain to create this lovely dark wood look, and then added fresh hardware. Image: Design Vibes