The first day of spring is fast approaching (Tuesday, March 20), which means:
- Warmer temperatures
- Longer days
- Blooming flowers
- More sunshine
Now, updating the kitchen is a sure-fire way to boost the price of your home and attract more serious buyers as well.
Replace what’s broken and/or damaged
You might be used to that cracked toilet, stained shower wall surround, or leaky faucet.
But anyone interested in buying your home isn’t; and it’ll be an immediate turn-off for them.
Make certain you update anything – no matter how small – that doesn’t look or work as it should:
- Light switch covers
- Old vanity lights
- Loose cabinet doors
- Cracked mirrors
- Dirty bath liners
- Missing bath caulking
As you’re updating your bathroom, think about its function and efficiency – as well as its overall appearance.
- Does it have enough storage space?
- Is the vanity too small?
- Is the towel rack located in a convenient location?
- Is the lighting adequate enough?
- Is the bathroom accessible enough for anyone with mobility issues?
Those old, antiquated fixtures which came with your bathroom when you first bought your house may be charming, but they won’t help maximize value.
Instead, you’ll want to update your bathroom so that when prospective home buyers see it, they’ll think “the bathroom’s perfect; nothing to do here.”
- Bringing in modern design trends to your washroom
- Painting the walls with a fresh, vibrant colour
- Replacing those old vinyl floor tiles with a more modern option
- Changing the vanity/sink to something a bit more contemporary
Remember, people don’t want to think the bathroom will immediately look out-of-date the moment they buy the house.
Unless you’re selling a fixer-upper (and advertising your home as such), most house hunters want to do as little work as possible in terms of updating, redesigning, redecorating, etc.
Clean like you’ve never cleaned before
When was the last time you rolled up your sleeves, got down on your hands and knees, and really scrubbed your bathroom clean, top-to-bottom?
Well, if you’re selling your home, that’s what you’ll have to do.
Every inch of every corner of your house is going to be inspected, scrutinized, glossed over, and picked apart.
The last thing you want is for dust bunnies or stains to leave a bad impression.
With that in mind, here are some helpful bathroom cleaning tips:
Bathtub and shower
- Spray the bathtub or shower liner with bathroom cleaner and let it sit
- Scrub away bathtub rings, dirt deposits, and buildup away from the faucets
- Rinse off the tub or shower using the showerhead or a bucket filled with water
- Gently use non-abrasive cleaners and soft sponges on your shower doors
- Apply toilet cleanser inside the bowl and let it do its thing
- Clean underneath the toilet rim using a toilet brush (a generic brush won’t cut it)
- Disinfect the rim, seat, handle, lid, and the outer tank and bowl areas
- Wipe the toilet dry with fresh cloths
- Fill the sink with warm water and baking soda and let set
- Empty the sink and remove leftover baking soda with water and a dry, clean cloth
- Spray the countertop (or a fresh cloths) with a water/vinegar mixture
- Wipe away the countertop with a soft cloth
- Remove the vinegar smell with a fabric softener sheet
- Dry the sink thoroughly
Just like your kitchen, living room, or dining room, your bathroom (and your shower and/or bathtub) is full of everyday clutter such as:
- Cleaning products
- Soaps (and soap dispensers)
- Hair brushes
- Cleaning products (like disinfecting wipes)
Putting these items out-of-sight will make your bathroom appear bigger than it is.
Additionally, as home buyers are touring your home, they have no interest whatsoever in seeing your personal hygiene products lying around.
Ready to upgrade before selling your home? Let Bath Planet help
Putting your home on the market this spring?
If so, good luck with the sale.
You should also book a FREE in-home consultation with our design expert.
We’ll come to you, bring along product samples and help transform your bathroom (and maximize your return on investment too).