A dreary, outdated bathroom can be a home sale deal breaker.
Remodeling magazine says the average price of a mid-range bathroom remodel in 2007 was $14,445. But $500 worth of nips and tucks can upgrade the room, says Lytel Young, host of HGTVâ€™s “Save My Bath.”
“There are three important things in a bathroom,” Young says. “Clean, simple, and orderly. That’s the key for every budget, whether it’s $500 or $40,000.”
He recommends these inexpensive steps to sellers whose baths need a facelift:
Rip out the dated medicine cabinet and replace it with a big mirror.
Replace the lighting with new sconces on both sides of the mirror plus a new overhead fixture on a dimmer.
Re-caulk the tub and shower.
Repaint with a neutral color, but decorate with big, fluffy colorful towels.
Hang some framed art.
Source: The Washington Post, Terri Sapienza (04/24/08)
Reprinted fromÂ REALTORÂ® Magazine Online March 24, 2008 with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORSÂ®. Copyright 2008. All rights reserved.
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