Head of the Quicken Loans Zing Blog and home-finance expert Victoria Araj provides a bevy of bathroom upgrades sure to appeal to potential buyers … and to satisfy yourself!
At the Quicken Loans Zing Blog, we know your home is your castle. We’re excited to collaborate with and use inspiring offerings from hayneedle.com for our special series offering tips for enhancing the value of your home.
First up, the bathroom!
Years ago, the bathroom was a place where you wanted to get in and get out. However with today’s hectic schedules, more people are turning to their bathrooms as an oasis of privacy, a place to freshen up, or a spa-like setting where they can relax.
But not every bathroom makes you want to don a cushy bathrobe and stay awhile. If you’re house hunting, you’ve probably seen your fair share of obnoxious wallpaper, mismatched fixtures, and little-to-no storage for toiletries. If you’re selling your home and want your bathroom to appeal to potential buyers, or if you just want to remodel for yourself, there are several upgrades you should consider that could enhance the value of your home.
A fresh basin on your vanity can make your bathroom look modern and updated. Gone are the days of boring square or oval sinks. You can find everything from stone bowls to artistic glass, like this vessel sink set that has an ombré effect.
Whether you have room for a single or double vanity, this piece alone can truly transform the look of your bathroom. The shape, size, and finish can help create a focal point. Granite countertops and functional cabinetry can also add to the effect.
Let’s face it, porcelain thrones last for years. Why replace it if it’s not malfunctioning, right? If yours is dingy, cracked, or so loud the neighbors know every time you flush, it’s time to take the plunge.
A mirror is essential, and if you can combine the functionality of a medicine cabinet, it’s attractive to buyers. This recessed medicine cabinet blends into the wall with no visible hinges and has a streamlined look that holds vitamins and toothpaste with style. If you prefer a stand-alone mirror, select one that’s appropriate in size when compared to your vanity.
Sink and tub fixtures are an easy, budget-friendly way to update your bathroom. If your showerhead is stainless steel, your sink faucet is oil-rubbed bronze, and your towel rack and toilet paper dispenser are gold-toned, it can disrupt the spa-like ambience you and potential buyers would enjoy. Buying fixtures that match creates continuity and ties the room together.
If space allows, a separate storage cabinet can be both functional and stylish. When house hunting, people look for storage opportunities, and a cabinet that holds towels and toiletries can be especially useful when guests visit.
Staying away from overly busy wallpaper and opting for a simple design or solid paint color can make your bathroom look larger. For more personality, add coordinated finishing touches like towels, rugs, bath accessories, scented candles, or a vase of flowers on a bare shelf or windowsill.
– Victoria Araj, guest blogger, Quicken Loans Zing Blog