The smallest details can turn off potential buyers. Even if you aren’t planning on selling your home right now, you can make minor upgrades while you’re still living there without investing a lot of time or money.
It only takes a few hundred dollars and a weekend at most for these bathroom projects, but they will pay off in the long term if, in a few months or a few years, you decide to sell.
Here are some suggestions from Innovative Kitchen & Bath:
1. Replace the Light Fixture
The simplest way to bring a dated bathroom into the twenty-first century is to replace the light fixtures throughout the space with something more contemporary. You’d be amazed how something so small can transform a space.
2. Grout Cleaning or Replacement
If the grout in the shower and elsewhere in the bathroom appears clean but a little dingy, give it a thorough cleaning. If you believe the grout is beyond repair or you’d like to change the color, consider a full removal and re-do.
3. Apply New Caulk
Step 1: Remove the old grout with a razor or box cutter.
Step 2: While cleaning, try not to gag at the mildew underneath.
Step 3: Apply a fresh seal with a caulk gun to make the bathroom look and feel brand new.
4. Install a Green Low-Flow Toilet.
It may be the most expensive project on this list because a new toilet is necessary, but it will undoubtedly pay off. Local restrictions may mandate that the toilets in the home be low-flow before you can close a sale. So, make the repair immediately and enjoy the savings on your water bill while you’re still living there.
5. Replace Cabinet Pulls
Depending on how many cabinets you have in your bathroom, this could be a very inexpensive undertaking, but it will undoubtedly pay off handsomely. Splurge on something truly luxurious to elevate the space so you can really see quality.
6. Replace Any Damaged Tiles
Replace any damaged tiles. Take care of that minor-but-inevitable fix right now, while you’re the one enjoying the soon to be pristinely tiled room.
7. Swap Out the Shower Head
With a little help from the manufacturer’s website, you can replace the shower head yourself. It’s a little step toward a more spa-like bathroom, which buyers appreciate.