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Selling my home---bathroom advice

ILVmyHome's picture

I have a large 5 bd, 3ba, fully finished basement home and need to put it on the market this year. I also own a 2 story condo that I'll be moving into.I've lived in the large home for 11 years and really LOVED the country appeal, pine crown molding doors, wooden flooring in kitchen and diningroom. All 3 bathrooms have wallpaper in them. Love the choice in wallpaper, but I know in order to appeal more to potential homebuyers...they shouldn't have the wallpaper and to "open" the rooms up more with good focal points. I'm also working on a budget, so I'm wondering if the following are good things to do in the bathrooms without spending alot: 1) painting solid colors2) taking out old carpet in main bathroom and putting a warm tile in3) lighting above mirrors/medicine cabinet4) I have a sliding glass door on my bathtub/shower which is outdated. Should I replace the sliding door or use bathroom rod and curtains? Thank you so much!!

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dytecture's picture

On top of all the comments you mgiht want to update your bathroom fixtures too since this is something potential buyers will touch and use everyday.

ChalmersAbrams's picture

There are a ton of cheap things you can do to stage your home.  Most of the other comments have already covered them all, but I'd suggest watching some HGTV to help you come up with some cheap home staging tips you can use.  We did and it helped a ton!

handymanaustintexas's picture

As a handyman/contractor, who does just about about all types of home improvements and repairs. Weather a new fence or remodeling a bathroom, or just doing a drywall patch, I know a good clean house thats ready for the market when I see it!Yes there are several inexpensive moves you can make that will help you a great deal!1. Yes defenately nutral light solid colors on the wall in the bathroom.2. You can nevery go wrong with tile flooring! However I love a dark cherry colored laminate floor!3. Regardless of floor and and paint, go with a heavy duty dark colored solid curtain for the tub. (cheaper than a door) and looks great...if you have anyother questins, please feel free to visit me at or 

spersaud's picture

Hi there!

We have some tips for those selling their homes but in need of a bit of a reno. An excerpt from the article on Smart Investing:

"Consumer reports show that homeowners see an 85% return on the cost
of renovating a bathroom, making it the most important room to upgrade
prior to selling. Consider upping a bathroom’s wow factor with luxury
features such as marble counters or flooring and high-end showerheads.
Replace outdated mirrors and fixtures, and swap coloured sinks, tubs or
toilets with white models. Wall sconces positioned on each side of a
vanity mirror are more flattering than overhead fluorescent or globe
lights. Create a spa-look by sticking to neutral colours for walls and

So definitely paint a solid neutral on the wall, remove the sliding door if possible, and replace the carpet flooring with a tile.

Be sure to share before and after pictures with us!

Nestor_Kelebay's picture

ILVmyHome:1. If you paint the walls and ceiling in your bathroom, be sure to use a paint meant to be used in bathrooms like Zinsser's "PermaWhite" bathroom paint (available at Home Depot) or Sherwin Williams "Bath Paint".  The "binder" in latex paint (which is what forms the plastic film) have varying moisture resistance, and some latex paints will crack and peel in a humid and moisture laden environment.  By using a paint specifically made for bathrooms, your paint will stand up to the high humidity much better than an ordinary latex paint meant for dry environments.2. There is no such thing as "warm tile" unless you install electrical or hot water heating under the tile floor (or your bathroom is located directly above your house's furnace).  Ceramic tile is denser than other floorings, like carpet or vinyl, and so it absorbs heat faster than those other flooring materials.  It's that more rapid loss of heat from your foot that makes ceramic tile floors seem cold to bare or stocking feet.You CAN use 100% Olefin carpet in a bathroom.  That's because you can use bleach straight out of the jug on 100% Olefin carpet without harming it.  That also means you can kill any germs or mildew in that carpet by cleaning it with bleach without harming it.  However, since most people don't know that and will assume the carpet is probably harboring all kinds of germs and bacteria, it's probably a safer bet to replace that carpet.In my humble opinion, sheet vinyl flooring (aka: "linoleum") is the most practical flooring for a bathroom.3. Besides the screw holes you'll encounter when you remove your shower doors, you'll probably also have to remove silicone caulking from the tub and wall tiles.  There is a product called "Silicone-Be-Gone" made by the DAP company and sold at most home centers specifically made for removing silicone caulk.  This product doesn't dissolve the silicone, it simply makes it swell up and get soft so that it's more easily removed by scraping with a razor blade.If mildew growth on the silicone is the reason why you want to remove the shower doors, you can most likely clean that mildew off the silicone quite successfully.  I have 21 apartments in my building, and I regularily clean mildew off of silicone caulk whenever a tenant vacates.  The resulting "clean" appearance of the bathroom makes it much easier to rent the newly vacated apartment to desireable tenants.  (That's the thing about looking after your own rental property; I'm competing with caretakers who don't give a $%&@# what the property looks like cuz they don't own it, so the competition for desireable tenant is not stiff, and it's very easy to do better than my supposed competitors.)  Post again if you want to know how to clean mildew discolouration off of silicone caulk.  You can also clean mildew off of wall tile grout as well if you want to know how to do that too.If you do remove the shower doors, be aware that there are different kinds of shower rods that can be installed.  A shower curtain rod is typically 1 inch outside diameter, and you can buy stainless steel tubing in that size with what's called a "180 brushed" finish.  That means that the stainless tubing has been sanded with 180 grit sandpaper to give it a "brushed" texture on it's surface.  This is certainly smooth enough to look acceptable in a bathroom.  You can also get stainless steel tubing in a "polished" finish, but it's much more expensive.  If you look in your yellow pages phone book under "Steel - Fabricators" or "Steel - Stainless & Specialty Steels", you should be able to find someone who uses 1 inch diameter brushed stainless steel tubing who'd be willing to sell you 5 feet of the stuff to use as a shower curtain rod.  (Chrome plated steel shower curtain rods will start to rust after a year or two.)

tlecapli's picture

Hi there,I've sold a few homes before---both times within a weekhere's what i would suggest:1) definitely paint solid colours--go with something neutral and current (light grey tones, creams, beiges).  Neutrals appeal to most people.2) yes--definitely remove the carpeting in your bathroom.  People would most likely be grossed out--mildew, urination from pets are thoughts that come to mind....even if this is not the case in your home.3) yes to lighting above mirrors--or use scones--whatever is cheaper4) I think shower curtains and rods are likely cheaper than getting a new door.  You may have to fill the holes/repair the holes where the sliding door is attached.declutter as much as you can---no body wants to see other people's toothbrushes and toiletries.  I usually put these in the medicine cabinet or somewhere out of sight if i know someone's coming throughgood luck   

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