Aside from the kitchen, an updated bathroom is something almost all buyers sniff out when shopping for a home. But a complete bathroom renovation can prove to be quite costly and time consuming. Don’t stress! Below are some incredibly easy and inexpensive DIY fixes to help you add some serious value to your home.
Change up the lighting.
Outdated light fixtures can make a bathroom look ugly and dingy. By replacing just one light fixture, you can really bring life back into the bathroom. Depending on what kind of lights are in your bathroom, there are a handful of designs you can choose from. If you have vanity lighting above the mirror over your sink, consider putting in some stylish sconces or hanging lamp fixtures. If you have a light that is hanging from the middle of the ceiling, find a modern, industrial fixture or a more creative lantern shade. If you aren’t sure what style you want, take a stroll down the light fixture isle at a home improvement store– you’ll find more than a few options.
Get creative with storage.
Boring towel hooks and over the toilet shelving are total snooze-fest to buyers. Help your home stand out to buyers by installing fun, untraditional shelving like hanging baskets on the wall or a free standing ladder to hang neatly folded towels over. Instead of plain towel hooks, find a cool re-purposed coat hook and mount it on the wall. While it’s important to get creative with your designs, make sure you aren’t going too wacky with your storage designs– you still want the room to appeal to a wide demographic of buyers.
Install a towel warmer.
Nothing says luxurious living like stepping out of the shower and wrapping yourself in a fresh, warm towel. Believe it or not, you don’t have to live in a fancy mansion to enjoy such luxuries. Towel warmers are fairly inexpensive and easy to install. Buyers will be thrilled to find a new towel warmer in the bathroom and will assume the bathroom is new and updated. Other inexpensive things you can add to your bathroom to make it more luxurious? Invest in some fluffy, expensive- looking towels or a pretty soap dispenser. These little touches can help buyers imagine how luxurious the bathroom will be when they use it every day.
Frame the mirror.
This is probably one of the simplest things you can do to give your bathroom the style it needs to appeal to buyers. Unless the mirror in your bathroom is cracked or damaged, there’s no need to spend the money on a brand new one. Just take the mirror’s measurements and buy appropriately sized wood pieces to frame it with. With so many styles and finishes, you can really get creative with the wooden frame. A framed mirror can help a boring bathroom look clean and refined.
Upgrade knobs and handles.
Worn down, outdated handles and faucets can really put a damper on a bathroom. Even if your appliances aren’t necessarily new (replacing old cabinets and sinks can be quite costly), updated fixtures can make them appear new and appealing. Consider replacing sink faucets and shower heads with updated, more styled fixtures. If buying new handles and faucets really aren’t in your budget, you can paint your already existing ones! Painting fixtures with a darker, matte chrome finish can give your bathroom the boost it needs to stand out to buyers. Don’t forget to paint handles, and any metal pieces that may be framing your shower or sink.
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