You know that kitchens and bathrooms are really what sells a house. If potential buyers don’t see at least some modern updates in the kitchen or in the bathrooms they’re not going to be really excited about buying a particular house. In newer houses that’s not a problem. But in older houses that haven’t been updated in a while that can be a big problem. If you’re trying to make an older home that hasn’t been updated more marketable here are some budget friendly recommendations you can make to homeowners:
Nothing makes a bathroom look older than tired old tile floors or stained linoleum. Because bathrooms are such small spaces the cost to replace the flooring in the bathroom is minimal. Usually a small bathroom can have all new floors put down in a day or less. There are many great choices for modern updated bathroom flooring that won’t cost a lot of money. Wood look linoleum is very trendy right now and makes the bathroom look like it has nice hardwood flooring but it’s durable and easy to care for.
One of the things that potential buyers are going to be looking for is storage. This is especially true in older homes that have smaller and less luxurious bathrooms. So if you want to score major points with potential buyers add storage in the bathroom. A shelf above the door is an inexpensive way to add storage. Also consider replacing the existing vanity with one that has more storage.
A quick and cheap way to give the bathroom a more updated look is to change out all the hardware. Replace the toilet handle, faucet, drawer and cabinet pulls and the door knob with sleek new hardware. Brushed nickel is a great neutral choice, but if you want to stay on trend try some brushed copper or go for sophisticated black hardware. If the bathroom has that awful 80s fake gold trim around the shower it can be painted to make it look more modern.
A fantastic way to boost the visual appeal of an outdated bathroom is to use trims. Simple crown molding placed artfully around the bathroom makes a big different. A chair rail around the bathroom or wainscoting will give the feel of a farmhouse bathroom. Adding molding panels around the tub will make it look a lot more luxurious. Paint the trim black to give the room some trendy sophistication or go with bright white to give the bathroom a new and fresh air. Accessorize with new bath towels and bath linens and even the most outdated old bathroom will look really great to potential buyers.