Ah, the master bathroom, where we refresh ourselves for the day ahead, prepare for sleep in the evenings, and treasure the relaxing solitude of a hot bath. With so much of our lives revolving around these daily rituals, it’s no wonder the master bathroom is a point of interest for home buyers.
Strategic updates to your master bathroom can translate to a better sale price. Whether to renovate or remodel depends on various factors, including whether you’re in a buyer’s or seller’s market. However, unless you’re in a luxury market that’s expecting a radiant heated floor or steam shower, surface renovations — like new tile or a fresh coat of paint — offer a better return on investment than a full-out remodel.
Check out these seven ideas to boost your bathroom appeal and put more money in your pocket on closing day:
Fix it Up
The slow drain. The hellacious drip, drip, drip, of the leaking faucet that plagues your sleep. These are the foes that must be defeated before you prove yourself worthy to hang a new shower curtain.
Seriously though, buyers will test the faucets and flushing the toilet, and the last thing they want to hear is “just jiggle the handle”. Before you do any redecorating, enlist a plumber to handle any pipe problems.
If you’ve never witnessed the horrors of an unkempt rest stop bathroom, consider yourself fortunate. Very fortunate. The rest of us will be haunted to the end of our days, so don’t allow your bathroom to bring up any bad memories.
Get every surface, from the walls to the bathroom tile, sparkling and sanitized. Shower curtain liners and grout are Petri dishes for mold and mildew. If stubborn spots won’t respond to bleach or scrubbing, start fresh with a new liner or caulking.
The goal of a showing is to allow the prospective buyer to picture themselves in the home, not the people currently living there. You most certainly do not want to leave the buyer with the impression that they’re intruding upon your… intimate personal habits.
Give your bathroom the simple, clean look of a spa or hotel bathroom. Clear the countertops of all makeup, half-empty lotion bottles, hair products, toothbrushes, and medications, and please get rid of the thumbed-through magazines by the toilet (just, ew). And don’t just chuck everything into the cabinets and drawers — buyers will check them out for storage space.
Apart from painting the walls, one of the easiest ways to update your bathroom is to modernize the fixtures. This includes faucets, showerheads, shower rod, and cabinet/drawer handles. Whether you decide on a chrome, brushed nickel, or iron finish, it’s important that all fixtures within the room match. Your real estate agent will help you determine the styles that are popular sellers in your area.
Stay in the Neutral Zone
That cutesy ‘ducklings in raincoats’ motif (complete with matching shower curtain, soap dish, and bath mat) doesn’t exactly lend itself to a relaxing spa ambience. Sticking to neutral colors on the larger areas like walls, cabinets, and tile promotes a clean and calm atmosphere and will appeal to a wider range of buyers. To add a splash of color:
Neutral doesn’t have to equal ‘clinical’. Add an extra luxurious touch with accessories like bath oils, candles, or a small, themed collection of items known as a vignette — think a jar of sand and strategically placed seashells, or a display of vintage glass bottles. Bathroom-friendly plants will give the bathroom an extra fresh pop.
Don’t overlook the linens. New, extra-fluffy towels will really seal the deal on turning the bathroom into a spa retreat. You can’t go wrong with white towels, but whatever color you choose should match the walls or tiles. To get that hotel look, roll the towels and stack them on shelves or in baskets.
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