Ask any real estate agent and they will tell you that homes aren’t typically sold because of their square footage or a pool in the back yard. They are sold because of their kitchens and bathrooms.
Unfortunately for those looking to buy a home that needs some work, full kitchen and bathroom remodels can easily cost upwards of $10,000.
If you’re thinking of passing on a home solely because of a dated bathroom, check out these cheap and simple bathroom remodeling ideas that give a contemporary edge without the contemporary price:
Nix The Wallpaper
Getting rid of dated wallpaper and painting can give any room a different feel, but in a bathroom where the walls are usually closer together the difference can be night and day. Although time consuming, renting a steamer from your local hardware store for the day and some handy work with a putty knife can speed things along. Be careful not to damage the drywall too much or you’ll get stuck patching.
Replacing the cabinetry in a bathroom can get expensive, but if you’re going for a sleek and clean look, consider painting your existing cabinets with a waterproof latex paint instead. You’ll have to sand down the wood finish if the cabinets are currently stained, but your wallet will be glad you didn’t buy new cabinets. If painting isn’t an option, you can replace dated door handles with something more modern for less than $50.
Builder’s grade plumbing and light fixtures can date your home. Although a little plumbing know-how is required, new faucets come with pretty detailed instructions to make sure anyone can do it. The same goes for new showerheads. Hollywood dresser-style lights may have been stylish at one point, but you can make your bathroom way more relaxing with pendant and frosted lighting instead. It may seem like a small detail, but replacing fixtures can modernize a bathroom.
If you have a fairly small bathroom without a drain in the middle of the floor, consider tiling over an old vinyl floor or chipping up old tile to replace it. Depending on the type and size of tile you use, there may not be much cutting at all. Most hardware stores will offer a free how-to class on tiling as well so you don’t have to worry about it looking like a rookie job.
One of the easiest ways to tell your home was built in the late ‘80s or early ‘90s is by the bathroom mirror. Seamless panes of mirror were often installed against entire walls and they can be a dead giveaway that your home hasn’t been remodeled in years. If you’re wanting a new look but are worried about damaging the wall removing the mirror, adhering wood molding to frame the mirror so it looks more custom and less sterile ‘80s suburbia is completely painless.
A dated bathroom may seem like a deal beaker when you’re touring a home, but keep these simple remodeling ideas in mind and you can easily transform any dated bathroom into a selling-feature in your home.
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