If you’re selling your home, you’ll want to make sure that you’re doing everything possible to increase its value and attract potential buyers. The bathroom is a key part of this preparation. With all the plumbing and fixtures, it’s one of the most expensive rooms in the home to remodel, so a fresh-looking bathroom can assure buyers of your home’s value.
Fortunately, it won’t take a ton of expensive upgrades to make your bathroom stand out to buyers. Below, you’ll find some tips and tricks to make your bathroom ready for buyers.
Some people enjoy carpeting in the bathroom because it’s comfortable under bare feet. However, most people would rather have a hard surface so that it won’t collect moisture, plus it’s easier to clean. This is important because the bathroom is one of the most-cleaned rooms in any home. If you have carpeting, replace it with tile, vinyl or another hard surface.
Updating hardware is an easy way to give your bathroom a fresh look without a huge investment. This includes trim kits for shower fixtures, perhaps a new faucet, cabinet knobs and drawer pulls. Make sure to match the finishes to give the bathroom a cohesive look that buyers will love.
Fix Missing or Broken Tiles
For a buyer walking into a bathroom for the first time, missing or cracked tiles scream one thing: An expensive re-tiling job is in their future. If tiles are cracked, you can often reglaze them, and loose tiles can be fixed with mortar or another adhesive. For missing tiles, find matching tiles and make sure to replace them before you put your home on the market.
Consider Your Color Scheme
When choosing colors, it’s better to pick a palette that will appeal to the broadest variety of buyers, rather than going with the colors of your dreams or unusual schemes that happen to be trending. You can never go wrong with neutrals such as white or beige, and blues and greens tend to be appreciated by many. The idea is to create a bright space that feels clean and inviting.
Decluttering Is the Name of the Game
When would-be buyers walk into a cluttered bathroom, it may give them the idea that storage is limited, even if it’s not. Clear your counters as much as you can — completely, if possible. Then, make sure to tend to all the other spots where clutter can accumulate, including all those extra bottles in the shower or the reading material gathered on the back of the toilet.
Your Mirror May Need an Upgrade
Modern buyers prefer large mirrors. These larger mirrors come with the added advantage of making the space look bigger. You’ll get bonus points if the mirror is lit with either a light source above it or to one side. The lights will reflect around the room, making it seem brighter and more spacious.
Don’t Hint at Housework
It might sound strange, but one way to make your bathroom more appealing is to remove anything that suggests housework. Not just bottles of cleaning products, but also the plunger, toilet brush, sponges and so on. Even though they’re needed for day-to-day cleaning, they suggest housework and maintenance — and they detract from the overall look of the bathroom. If possible, store these items beneath the sink or find another clever but convenient hiding spot.
Make it Spa-Like and Stylish
Invest in soft, fluffy towels to hang neatly on your towel racks. Patterned, textured or bright colors will all work well so long as they’re in keeping with the bathroom’s overall look. This is a small touch, but it sends subtle hints of luxury that can make potential buyers feel more at home — and more tempted by the comforts that your home offers.
As you can see, there’s no need to break the bank to get your bathroom ready to sell. Focus on small touches that make it feel clean, fresh and bright like a spa, and you’ll be most of the way there!
AUTHOR BIO: Erica Garland is Content Marketing Manager at Modern Bathroom and has 15-plus years of experience in the bathroom renovation industry. Modern Bathroom sells a variety of products you would need for any bathroom renovation project. With such a large selection of vanities, faucets, sinks, toilets and showers, Modern Bathroom is sure to have the perfect piece to give your bathroom an updated look.