Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Bathroom Renovations

It doesn't matter how large or small your budget, renovating your bathroom is a good idea to make your home a more saleable property.

Bathroom decor, and color of fixtures, can really date the home. Buyers today want a new or updated bathroom. Because of this, they will often dismiss purchasing a home if the bathroom is old and outdated. The investment put into a bathroom has almost a 90% return. So, the expense of redoing it is completely worth it. This may be by doing a simple renovation all by yourself granite or going to the high end with a contractor and designer to complete the washroom.

Budget is obviously a huge factor in deciding what type of bathroom renovation you would like to do. A budget must be set. The budget depends on how elaborate you want to be - is it going to be a do it yourself project (DIY) or require will you require help from professionals.

The do-it-yourself cost savings

Going the more basic route would not involve any major construction, just changing it cosmetically. If you like the existing layout but the cabinetry is outdated, a smart solution would be to just paint the current cabinetry to give it an entire new look. Many older bathrooms have linoleum flooring or even carpet on the floor which never works well in a bathroom. A smart idea that is cost effective and very simple to use, is the use of peel and stick tiles. They cost about a dollar per square foot and can be put directly on top of the existing flooring which saves a great deal of time and money. Another great idea to have your sink and bathtub look new without purchasing new ones is to have it re-glazed. You can switch colors from that outdated harvest gold to a clean the hardware and faucets can make a huge difference also. Lower cost options that appear beautifully can be found at home improvement stores all over. A bright new paint color that resists mildew also creates a bright new fresh atmosphere in the bathroom. Many older bathrooms have antiquated tile that looks bad. There are two ways to remedy this, you can usually paint right on top of the tile or re-tile yourself with new inexpensive tile. It is not too difficult to do and can be learned at free workshops in your community.

Using A Contractor

If you decide to go high end and renovate your bathroom at a top level, then hiring a bathroom specific designer would be the optimal choice. Make sure that your vision is clearly understood by all of the workers renovating your new room. Buyers now, want a huge, spa like bathroom that is large and updated in its amenities.

These are just a few ideas. The DIY projects can apply to flooring, kitchens, and many other projects around the home. Feel free to contact me directly at 416 427 1875 to discuss what buyers are looking for in a home. A fresh idea doesn't cost you anything. My discussions are free.

Now, let me know how I can help you sell your house or find you a new home. I look forward to future discussions.

Betty Bartusevicius, Sales Representative
Re/Max Realty Specialists Inc., Brokerage
Fine Homes In Nine Oh Five
Office: 905-828-3434
Direct: 416-427-1875
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