Bathroom upgrades that enhance resale value

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According to Remodeling Magazine, the average bathroom remodel cost $16,522 in 2010 and had a resale value of $10,293. But in my experience working with homebuyers, even a minor bathroom remodel can help sell a house. For example, these simple projects are an easy way to update your bathroom before you sell - and you can even do most of the work yourself.

Updated Bathtub

The bathtub is the focal point of most bathrooms. If you have a small, damaged, or outdated bathtub, consider replacing the fixture with something more modern. Recently, many show homes have featured a modernized clawfoot tub in the master bath. Modern claw feet tubs are deeper and more styled than the traditional ones. You can buy a modernized clawfoot tub for around $2,000. You can also buy the original style clawfoot tub from some resellers like Habitat for Humanity's ReStore, which has locations across the U.S. If you're not experienced with plumbing, hire a professional to install the tub for you.

Modern Fixtures

If your house is more than 10 years old, you probably have outdated faucets in your bathroom. Most homeowners consider brass and white fixtures outdated but you can upgrade them easily yourself. Look for modern styles with clean lines in colors like antiqued bronze and brushed metal. Make sure you purchase fixtures that match the size and shape of your current ones to make installation easier. After purchasing, just pop out the old fixtures and replace them with the new ones.

Creating a Spa Space Through Cabinetry

One of the most popular bathroom styles right now is a similar to a modern spa. If you're going for that look, you'll need to update your cabinets and countertops to more neutral, modern colors. For example, marbled porcelain countertops were all the rage 10 years ago, but don't match the modern style. Consider replacing them with a neutral white porcelain or even stainless steel. For your cabinets, you can stain them yourself to save some money. A light brown in the color of bamboo goes well with the spa style.

Modern Wall Treatments

Wall treatments are something anyone can do themselves, regardless of skill level. If you have wallpaper in the bathroom, it's time to upgrade. Most homebuyers are looking for simple paint jobs in tranquil colors like tan, sage green, or charcoal grey. To do the upgrade yourself, use a wallpaper stripping tool to remove the paper itself, followed by a glue thinner to remove any remaining paper or glue. When you paint, don't forget the areas about the shower walls and behind doors.

For a more styled look, consider painting the ceiling in a complimentary color. Many recent show homes have featured painted ceilings in small areas like the bathroom.

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