If your house is like most homes in the United States, then your bathrooms aren’t much bigger than the average walk-in closet. However, bathrooms also happen to be one of the highest traffic areas in any home. Both of these factors make bathrooms one of the most important points on a buyers list. Modern homeowners want larger bathrooms with more creature comforts. Unfortunately, most sellers aren’t interested in remodeling their old home before they put it on the market. If you are one of them, here are a few tips on making sure your bathroom is still a selling point without tearing out the walls.
If your plumbing isn’t working correctly when prospective buyers come to look at your house, then you will need to prepare yourself for lower bids and the possibility of contract repairs prior to your sale. Make sure to repair any leaking, out of code or awkward plumbing situations BEFORE your buyers arrive.
This one may seem obvious, but check again – most of us tend to overlook sticky fingerprints on cabinets, build up around the base of the shower and toilet, and grime in the light fixtures. Your sellers won’t be counting off dollars for each sticky smear, but your house is going to look a lot less impressive than the competition. Have someone else check your work before you call it good to ensure your bathroom is spotless.
The difference that a fresh coat of paint can make is truly amazing. Fresh paint can help hide old stains and dirt and a little color can make your bathroom look larger, brighter and more inviting. Chose colors that match your fixtures and don’t over-do it. Blue can really make plain white and silver pop, but too much and your bathroom will end up looking small and kitschy. However, no matter how tempting it may seem – do not paint over mold and mildew on your walls. Deliberate attempts to cover-up, rather than remediate, can end up costing you big-time.
Updating your fixtures is a great way to help ensure that your bathroom is up to date without actually remodeling. Replacing your toilet, faucets, mirrors and towel/tissue holders can put a whole new spin on your room. If you’re willing to do the work yourself you can save quite a bit of money on an update that is sure to leave an impression.
Remember – selling your home IS a competition and bathrooms are one of the biggest concerns on a conventional buyers short-list. However, as a non-traditional buyer, Seller’s Advantage is prepared to take on the remodeling so you don’t have to. Contact us online or by phone at 1-800-208-3243 to get a no-cost, no-obligation quote on your home. We purchase homes in AS-IS condition and can give you a cash offer in as little as 24 hours.