There’s often a dilemma when you go to list your house for sale. You know it’ll sell faster if everything is fresh and updated, but that costs money…and….aren’t you trying to sell your house to get money out of it, not put more money in? Sigh…what to do, what to do.
These homeowners decided to go for the happy-medium. Their bathrooms had never been updated from the original 1990s initial build, so they were pretty drab and character-less. We did the largest overhaul in the master bathroom but also did a quick upgrade in the hall bathroom as well.
We started by clearing everything out, so we could actually see what we were working with. Then, we took out the strange mini-blind? shutters? looking medicine cabinet and did the necessary sheetrock repair (because really, what is that thing). The bottom vanity cabinet was in pretty good shape, so we decided to keep it ($$ saved!!!) and only upgrade the top. We found a new white, sleek and modern vanity top at Lowes for $200 (Let’s not talk about the 5 (FIVE!!!) tries it took before getting a top that wasn’t broken…and the stages of home improvement anger are: denial, bargaining, cursing, crying, and acceptance).
The homeowner wanted to create a better use of counter space (and help eliminate the prior clutter that she was constantly battling) so Phil built these open shelves and created a frame around the existing mirror (another item that we were able to save and reuse = more saved $$!). We found the vanity lights on Amazon (somehow we can get breakable lights shipped across the country without being broken, yet Lowe’s can’t handle a basic countertop without breaking it….but….I digress….). Keeping with the chrome theme of the lights, we chose new chrome faucets for the sink and replaced the shower head/valve/handle with shiny new chrome to match.
Moving past the vanity area, we ripped down the gross old mini-blinds and replaced them with faux-wood plantation blinds. Phil trimmed out the window with a similar style as the mirror frame. (Side note: This one improvement alone was the biggest “wow” factor to the husband – he walked in and said “that’s the nicest window in the whole house!” Lesson of the day: Windows matter!). Even though I didn’t love that it was more off an off-white, the tub was in perfect condition so we kept it (and saved LOTS of $$$). We pulled up the old linoleum floor and replaced it with Traffic-Master Allure Vinyl Planks (my FAVORITE floors that combine ease, durability, variety, and simple installation) and then added new shoe mold (quarter round) throughout. I gave everything a new coat of paint, installed a cute little cabinet above the toilet and a mini-chandelier, and Voila! Done-zo!
The homeowners were thrilled with their new bathroom and so was their Realtor! In fact, in a market that is still pretty lagging, their home got in an offer after being listed for just 2 weeks. We would definitely consider that a success for everyone!