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Five Budget-Friendly Bathroom Spruce-Ups

You have probably heard from friends, real estate professionals, and on television that bathrooms and kitchens sell houses.

But what happens if you are preparing your home for sale and you do not have the money or interest in spending thousands of dollars renovating bathrooms that you will not be around to enjoy?  Many sellers also report that their buyers feel more comfortable when the information from a pre-sale inspection is shared early on, even if the buyers choose to have their own home inspection as well.

There are many quick, easy, do-it-yourself ways to bring out the best in your home’s bathrooms that will impress buyers and leave your wallet intact.

Declutter
Cost: $0. Nothing makes small bathrooms look bigger and more luxurious than open space. Clear extra items like toothbrush holders and personal care tools off of counters to reveal wide-open countertops. Tidy up your shower and bath area and get rid of extra bottles.  If you do nothing else at all to your bathrooms, do the decluttering.

Paint
Cost: $25-$50. Give your bathrooms a facelift with a fresh, modern color. One can of paint from your local hardware store should be enough to cover most small bathrooms. Add a few tools like brushes, drop cloths, and rollers and you’re on your way. Pick up your favorite home décor magazine or search online for color inspiration.

Redecorate
Cost: $50-$200. Choose a new look and feel for your bathroom. Search your local discount stores, which offer great deals on home accents. Pick up some deluxe towels and rugs, soothing candles, and accent pieces to give your bathroom a relaxing spa feel. Consider an age- and gender-neutral theme to appeal to more buyers.

Update fixtures
Cost: $100-$300. Outdated fixtures can easily make your bathroom look dated. A small investment in new faucets, lighting, and even towel racks can bring your bathroom into this century and make older tubs, toilets, and sinks look new again.

Replace vanity and mirror
Cost: $300-$800. If your cabinets, surfaces, and sink are truly an eyesore, consider buying a new vanity. At your local home improvement store, you can find easy-to-install combination packages that include a standalone cabinet, sink, hardware, and instructions. Hang a new mirror and give your bathroom a fresh look.