Selling Your Home in the Spring? Update the Bathroom

For saleThink it’s time to update the bathroom?

The first day of spring is fast approaching (Tuesday, March 20), which means:

  • Warmer temperatures
  • Longer days
  • Blooming flowers
  • More sunshine

It also means that many people in Kitchener, Oakville, and Toronto will be putting their homes up for sale.

Now, updating the kitchen is a sure-fire way to boost the price of your home and attract more serious buyers as well.

After that, follow these bath remodeling or shower remodeling tips to make your bathroom a desirable feature which home buyers are looking for.

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:

Broken toilet

  • Light switch covers
  • Faucets
  • 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.

For example:

If the answers to the above questions are “no”, you may want to contact us at Bath Planet of Toronto for a FREE in-home design consultation.

FaucetThink timeless

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.”

That means:

  • 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Remember, people don’t want to think the bathroom will immediately look out-of-date the moment they buy the house.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

Shower doors

  • Gently use non-abrasive cleaners and soft sponges on your shower doors

Cleaning suppliesToilet

  • 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

DeclutterRemove clutter

Just like your kitchen, living room, or dining room, your bathroom (and your shower and/or bathtub) is full of everyday clutter such as:

  • Toiletries
  • Cleaning products
  • Soaps (and soap dispensers)
  • Toothbrushes
  • 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.

SoldReady to update the bathroom 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 update the bathroom (and maximize your return on investment too).

Book a FREE consultation