Michelle Gillespie, REALTOR, ®President’s Circle
Every homebuyer has a vision of their ideal house, including their perfect bathroom. Sellers often overlook their bathroom, however, because of its small size in relation to the rest of the home. But for many buyers, it could be the most important room of all.
Updating a tired bathroom is one of the best things you can do to increase a home’s resale value and the fixes are not too costly or labor intensive. Easy changes include adding new, luxurious-looking towels, replacing the shower curtain and adding candles around a bathtub. However, with a little more money and effort, your bathroom can become a talking point of the house.
Here is a look at five great ways to upgrade a bathroom:
Faucets, shower heads and hand showers
There’s nothing better than coming home from a hard day’s work and relaxing in a big, soothing tub. By putting in a new tub and creating a spa-like atmosphere, you will have buyers imagining themselves washing their cares away. Adding a massage element to the showerhead or one that replicates rain showers will also appeal to buyers.
Lighting & other fixtures
Add more lighting options around the room, especially around the vanity to reduce shadows and glaring. Mood lighting can quickly update an old tub. Changing the other fixtures in a bathroom can add a great deal. From cabinet handles to faucets, the addition of brushed nickel or other polished metals are always a huge hit. And if space permits, consider adding a second sink, a popular request from buyers.
Bathroom walls and trim
Painting your bathroom walls and trim can be an effective and affordable way to update your bathroom. The right color livens up your bathroom, making it look brighter and larger. Remember, however, that bathrooms face more moisture than the rest of your house, so it’s important to invest in high-quality paint.
Vanity and cabinets
Vanities and cabinets are important accessories that are both functional and decorative. Maximize storage space in your bathroom by adding a new cabinet if you have space, or refurbish an existing vanity. These pieces can also tie together the design theme throughout the entire bathroom.
The bathroom is a prime place to start employing those environmentally friendly devices. Installing fixtures that save water, such as a low-flow showerhead, a low-flow faucet aerator and a dual-flush toilet, can save thousands of gallons of water each year. Adding energy-efficient windows is another easy option, since the size of bathroom windows are relatively small.
A bathroom that exudes quality and offers an intimate feel helps your home stand out in this market. Renovating your bathroom is one of the most cost effective ways to improve your home this year.
Our current market conditions: The inventory is low for Northborough, Westborough, Marlborough, Hudson and Southborough. Buyers are constantly looking for new inventory. If you are thinking of selling your home, please call or email me, Michelle Gillespie, at 508-934-9818 or [email protected]. Visit my website at www.michellegillespie.com for more information.
Michelle Gillespie, Realtor
Direct Line: 508-934-9818
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