Updating a bathroom is a terrific weekend project and adds real value to your home. To start, pick the smallest bathroom and decide what mood you would like to evoke and how it will tie to the rest of the house.
Small bathrooms are where you can have some fun by choosing a wild wallpaper or an interesting paint technique. Other rooms in the house should be kept more neutral to appeal to a wider audience.
The bathroom is the one place you can show some personality when you sell a home. The items I recommend most to sellers, which can make a big difference, are to update the mirror and lighting. Those two items alone can update the room and make it look brand new.
For the daring, buy a self-help book that demonstrates how to make plumbing changes. Changing out the faucet to a brand above builder grade enhances the sink. Install interesting towel bars and, for a truly decadent touch, a towel warmer.
If you are updating a full bath, caulk the tub and install a shower curtain with matching towels. Next, add a rug and some nice accessories and voila! A refreshed and accommodating spot to call your own.
For some great ideas go to Houzz, a great app you can download on your phone or tablet that has plenty of ideas for home updates and renovations. Or, contact us for a consultation on getting your home ready to sell.
Sue Goodhart is the top-producing agent at McEnearney Associates in Alexandria and is licensed in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Reach her at 202-507-7800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.