Five tips to make your bathroom stand out

Michelle Gillespie, Realtor®
Mega Agent
Direct Line: 508-934-9818

By Michelle Gillespie, Realtor®

Every homebuyer has a vision of their ideal house, including their perfect bathroom. Sellers often overlook their bathroom 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 updates are not too costly or labor intensive. Easy changes such as adding new, luxurious-looking towels, replacing the shower curtain and adding candles around a bathtub will brighten up the bathroom. But with a little more investment, try some of the changes listed below and your bathroom will become a talking point of the house.

Here is a look at five great ways to upgrade a bathroom:

Faucets, showerheads and hand showers

There’s nothing better than coming home from a hard day’s work and relaxing in soothing tub. By 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 appeal to buyers. An example is this master bathroom located at 438 Howard St. in Northborough with a spa like atmosphere and tiled Jacuzzi tub.

Lighting and other fixtures

Add more lighting options around the room, especially around the vanity, to reduce shadows and glaring.  Changing older 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.

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, that bathrooms face more moisture than the rest of your house, so it’s important to invest in a 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 or refurbish an existing vanity. These pieces can also tie together the design theme throughout the entire bathroom. And if space permits, consider adding a dual sink and granite countertops, as shown in the photo of 438 Howard St. This is one of the most common requests from buyers and will truly add value to your home.

Think green

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 is updated and exudes quality such as 438 Howard St. offers to a buyer an intimate feeling that helps a home stand out in this market. Renovating your bathroom is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve your home and add value to your property.

438 Howard St. in Northborough has quality craftmanship, updates and luxurious details throughout. The first floor has a formal dining room with dental crown molding, chair rail and transom window. The living room has hardwood floors with a dark wood inlay, providing a great space for entertaining. The updated kitchen features granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, double ovens and island with cooktop. You can relax and entertain in the family room with fireplace and access to the multi-level deck. An updated bathroom and study complete the first floor. Upstairs, you’ll find the privacy with four spacious bedrooms. Escape to the master suite with the cathedral ceiling, walk-in closets and sitting area. The updated master bathroom with tiled Jacuzzi tub, granite counters with dual sinks, shower and new tile floor. The lower level offers a game room, office or possible in-law suite. Walkout to blue stone patio with private, low maintenance back yard. Located on ~6 acres with walking trails near Mount Pisgah and easy access to I-290. Check out the website at

Our current market conditions: The inventory is very low for Northborough, Westborough, Marlborough, Hudson and Southborough. Buyers are constantly looking for new inventory.

If you are thinking of selling your home this spring and would like to discuss the best approach for a positive outcome, call me, Michelle Gillespie, at 508-934-9818, or email Visit my website at for more information.


Michelle Gillespie, Realtor®

Mega Agent

Direct Line: 508-934-9818


10 Main St., Northborough