Tight space, tight budget, and the fear of sinking money you won’t get back. Bathroom renovation resale value is not always 100%. When getting ready to sell your condo, you can make small inexpensive changes with a big impact.
A bathroom is a small space which can make or break a sale. If it’s yucky, the whole place will be perceived to be a rundown home. A dreamy bathroom can sell the condo. In bathrooms, details can be glaring. Yet, you can avoid spending tens of thousands of dollars on a complete bathroom renovation, money you won’t get back.
Changing the common mud-back tiles can be very expensive and exhausting, and completely unnecessary. Here are the components you need to consider in a small bathroom. Complete this checklist and you can have a bathroom which will help sell the condo and make you more money.
- Medicine Cabinets: If your medicine cabinet can’t be cleaned to a spotless shine, or if it has worn edges, ANY rust, or if it is not stylish, GET RID OF IT. A medicine cabinet is where the eyes go when you enter the bathroom, and it makes the first impression. Medicine cabinets which suit your condo can be budget friendly or very spiffy. Go for something simple and in-line with the condo’s value. I suggest also getting something with clean lines and big. Buyers want storage and it will draw the eyes away from the imperfections beyond repair.
- Paint: Peeling paint from excessive moisture, or any discoloration, you must paint. A sloppy paint job is unforgiving in the bathroom, so take the time to do it right, or hire a painter. Choose a color which isn’t too weird, please.
- Fluffy towels: Buy new towels, and hang them on the towel racks and stack them if you have the space. Fluffy things make us happy. Make the buyer happy, it’ll cost you $40.
- Clean: Really, really clean. The corners, the spaces behind and in-between, the door, window, tile, top of the medicine cabinet, light fixtures. If you don’t feel like Cinderella, you are not cleaning hard enough.
- Glaze Tub: If your tub is very dirty, grimy, and stained, glazing can do the trick for only a few hundred dollars. Just mild discoloration may be overlooked with some non-slip decals. Note, this is a simple cosmetic issue. Never ever cover-up or draw attention away from damage to the home.
- Vanity: This is one of the pricier items on the list, but if your vanity is outdated, the whole bathroom is outdated. Invest a few hundred dollars in something new. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Once of my clients switched from a tiny vanity which was very low, to a more substantial one, and a bit higher for $300. The whole bathroom looked new.
- Toilet: You know when you need a new toilet. Take a long hard look at your toilet and ask yourself, “is it time?”
- Shower Curtain: All homes going on the market need a brand new shower curtain. Shower curtains come in such a variety of colors and styles, and in fabrics which can change the look and feel of every bathroom in minutes and for as little as $30. It will be one of the best investments you will make getting your condo ready for sale.
- Lighting: Bathrooms need bright lights to create a cheerful atmosphere. Light bulbs must work, and the fixtures either clean or new. If you have odd colored mud-back tiles, (Avocado, Mustard, Pepto), the shower curtain, towels and paint are an opportunity to tie them into something more neutral and modern. It’s no longer dated, now it’s vintage!
Follow these tips and your bathroom renovation resale value for your condo will be well over 100%!
Ruth Lerner is a Brookline Realtor specializing in Brookline, Mass., Chestnut Hill, Mass., Brighton, Mass. and West Roxbury, Mass. real estate. Since 2002 she’s represented both buyers and sellers with a post-transaction satisfaction rate of 97%. You can contact her on her website, and find her on Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.