Monday, May 20, 2013

You're going to LOVE your home! PROJECT #7: Update Your Bathroom(s)!

by +Sarah Marrinan - Keller Williams Premier Realty 

According to Wiki Answers we spend A LOT of time in the bathroom...


  • 15 min per day (hygiene)
  • 15 min per day (facilities)
  • 30 min per day total
  • 210 min per week
  • 10920 min per year // 182 hrs // 7.58 days
  • A person lives to be 75 yrs old // 819000 mins// 13650 weeks// 568.75 days // A year and 1/2
  • 15 min per day (hygiene)
  • 15 min per day (facilities)
  • 30 min per day total
  • 210 min per week
  • 10920 min per year // 182 hrs // 7.58 days
  • A person lives to be 75 yrs old // 819000 mins// 13650 weeks// 568.75 days // A year and 1/2

...so it's only natural this room makes the list!

Project # 7. Bring a bathroom up to date!

There are dozens of things you can do to your bathrooms to bring them into the 21st century for well under the $10,000 mark. For example, replacing that 1960's pink tub for a Jacuzzi tub -a commonly listed "upgrade" on houses for sale - might run somewhere between $1500 and $3500.

Maybe heated tile flooring is your dream. Depending on the size of the room and existing wiring, this could easily be under $1,000.

If you’re committed and smart, you can group a number of projects like these into a bathroom that feels like new for maybe just $1,000 or so!
  • Replace the vanity with a new wood model that has a stone counter.
  • Add a new mirror and faucet. Alternatively, keep your current vanity but replace your toilet and faucet and add a new vinyl floor.
  • Improve lighting and ventilation with a new combination light and exhaust fan. One with a heat setting will keep you from getting chilled when you get out of the shower.
  • Add a set of sconces on either side of the mirror or medicine cabinet.
  • Update towel bars, hooks, toothbrush and toilet paper holders, and cabinet hardware. Add matching shelves for your towels and toiletries.
  • Switch your standard showerhead to one with multiple settings, including a pulsating or massage setting.
  • Keep your towels toasty with a heated towel bar, some of which cost $100 or less.
(Kitchen lovers, think about some of these bathroom "perk ups" and apply them in the kitchen! Lighting, faucets, cabinet handles... maybe a deeper or new style sink... all great, affordable ways to love your kitchen more!)

Have you recently done any bathroom updates? I would love to see your before and after pictures if you are willing to share them with me!

**Looking for tips on getting your home ready to sell?  Call me at 651-964-0289 for a personal consultation!
Sarah
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