If you’re thinking about selling your home in Boston this year, your REALTOR® may tell you that your bathroom needs a few improvements – but where do you even begin? Check out these five potentially money-making bathroom upgrades before you make any decisions.
5 (Potentially) Money-Making Bathroom Upgrades to Make Before You List Your Home
Before you invest any of your hard-earned money into upgrading or updating your bathroom, you should talk to your Boston REALTOR. Your agent will let you know whether it’s a good idea to spend money on a home you’re selling. In some cases, it’s best not to (especially if you’re in a seller’s market, where there are more buyers than there are homes available).
With that said, check out these five potentially money-making bathroom upgrades that could help you sell your home faster (and for more money):
- Storage space
- New lights
- An extra sink
- Fresh flooring
- New hardware
Here’s a closer look at each.
Bathroom Upgrade #1: Storage Space
Storage space is at a premium in real estate – and that goes for even the coziest bathroom. Buyers like to know that they have enough room for essentials, so you may need to make a few modifications. That doesn’t mean you have to knock out a wall and build a closet or install a new vanity, though. You should talk to your REALTOR about possible options before you make a decision on adding storage space (or any other major renovation) just to sell your home.
Bathroom Upgrade #2: New Lights
Buyers love to see bright bathrooms, so it may be time to invest in new light fixtures. Visit your favorite home improvement store and have a peek at what’s available – you may be surprised at how affordable new fixtures are (and how easy they are to install). While you’re at it, consider giving your bathroom a fresh coat of paint and investing in new window blinds, particularly if yours are dingy-looking, darkly colored or old.
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Bathroom Upgrade #3: An Extra Sink
It’s pretty common for buyers to want dual sinks in a primary bathroom, but they’re not necessary. If you and your agent decide that installing a new vanity or another sink makes sense, it’s a good idea to do your homework. The less money you can spend on the piece and its installation, the better – but not if it comes out looking cheap or as if you cut corners.
Bathroom Upgrade #4: Fresh Flooring
If your bathroom floors are old enough to have graduated high school, it’s probably time to replace them. And if they’re made from laminate, or if they’re scuffed, worn, broken or dingy, it’s time to upgrade. Tile is almost certainly the way to go, but you should talk to your REALTOR about what’s selling right now. Your agent is out with buyers every day, which means first-hand accounts of what they’re looking for – and that knowledge can really work in your favor.
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Bathroom Upgrade #5: New Hardware
New cabinet handles, drawer pulls, faucets and towel bars can serve as a miniature facelift for your bathroom – and the best part is that usually, installing these things is a DIY job that could take just an hour or two. When you visit your nearest home improvement store to look at light fixtures, head to the bathroom hardware aisle to see a whole selection of modern pieces that can improve your bathroom’s look for under $100.
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