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The bathroom is so frequently brushed aside when it comes to decorating a new home. So often left to become the most outdated room in the house, it becomes a frustration to modernize. However, the bathroom is often a room used for relaxation whether to relax in a hot tub or to gain a moment’s silence from the children. If you’re ready to ditch the shell shaped sink, infamous bathroom blue tub, and god help you, matching blue toilet here are some ways to create a clean modern room you’ll love.
If you’re willing to put in time and effort you can remove tub surround yourself by removing the hardware than scoring along where the surround meets the wall. You’ll then want to pull the surround from the wall very carefully as to not damage the wall behind it, cutting the adhesive away as you go. Once torn down you’ll want to prep the walls with plastic sheeting and HardieBacker for tiling.
While a lot of work, this opens up more options for you to modernize your bathroom with elements like imitation marble or subway tiling and even install a sleek new tub. With so many options on the market now, you can have anything from a freestanding tub such as an acrylic clawfoot tub or drop in that leaves lots of deckspace for bath product and mood-setting candles.
Tiling the wall behind or surrounding your tub is a great way to create a chic statement wall without breaking the bank imitating floor to ceiling tiling. Use the same tiling for both floors and wall or add some depth by matching smaller floor tiles with a matching larger size for the wall. Painting the remaining walls a light color brightens up the room while maintaining an overall clean feel.
A large mirror over the sink reflects light and makes the room feel more expansive. If your bathroom already has a builder grade mirror you can give it a quick upgrade by framing it with molding or even some simple boards for a sleek look. If you have a medicine cabinet you don’t want to replace a coat of fresh paint and chic knob pull like a T-bar will bring the piece a whole new feel.
Updating the sink with new hardware is always a surefire way to update a room though be sure to match the finish it to the existing hardware for a cohesive look. A pedestal sink adds more visual space to a small bathroom while replacing the cabinet brings an entirely new look to the room. Undermount sinks add a crisp modern look while maintaining the extra storage availability that comes with a vanity.
Don’t let an outdated bathroom continue to plague your otherwise well-designed home. The effort it takes to rip out old amenities is well worth the enjoyment you’ll get out of their modern replacements. Get the most out of your renovation efforts by opting for styles that are least likely to fall out of fashion and instead remain a classic staple.
When you’re getting ready to sell your home, there’s probably a lot of things going through your mind. You’ll want to get the most return on your investment. You hope to sell in a timely manner. You are probably also busy making plans for where you’re moving next. Below, you’ll find some things to think about before you even put a “For Sale” sign out front:
Research Agents’ Marketing Strategies
Most homebuyers start their home search online. If people don’t like what they see on a screen, they certainly aren’t going to waste their time going to the property in person. This means that your home is going to need pictures to help it sell. Some agents even create short videos of properties and neighborhoods to help buyers get a better feel for the area. You can work with your agent to make sure that these things are done. Be a proactive seller! You might even be able to make a video of your home on your own.
Post Your Listing On Social Media
Pretty much everyone is on social media and checks the sites frequently. Even if none of your first degree connections are searching for a home, someone may have a prospect for you who would be the perfect candidate to purchase your home. Sharing is definitely caring in this case!
Your neighbors are probably some of your social media connections as well. It’s nice for the people who live in the neighborhood to know that you’re moving so that they can “choose” a new neighbor in the event that they know someone who is looking to buy a home.
Part With Some Of Your Stuff
Buyers will be more attracted to your home if they get some benefits with it. Consider leaving some of your things behind when you’re selling a house. Any item including your washer and dryer to your plasma TV to your kitchen table can make a difference in how well your home sells.
Focus On Staging
You should stage both the interior and the exterior of your home to give a great first impression for home showings. The exterior of your home should present immaculate landscaping. If any paint touch-ups can be made quickly, you should do that as well. Show potential buyers the way that your home presents the maximum amount of enjoyment. If you’re able keep the furniture displayed inside of the home, show potential buyers your best set up. People will get a better idea of things like where the couch will go, and how their own kitchen table will fit in the dining area when the home is well staged.
Price The Home Reasonably
It’s important that you and your agent work together to know the market. Your home should be priced competitively along with others in the neighborhood. You don’t want to give the home away, but one of the worst things that you can do when selling your home is to out-price yourself. Research is key when it comes to pricing your home appropriately.
If you’re selling a home and have hired a real estate agent, you may wonder why your agent is encouraging a price drop of the property. Your home is your prized possession, and you know how much it’s worth to you. Unfortunately, your assessment of your home isn’t always the way the market is going. Don’t believe that there’s a magical amount of time that the house should be on the market before a price drop. Heed the situations below as signs that you need to consider a price change on your property for sale.
There Have Only Been A Few Showings
If people haven’t been looking at your property either in person or online, then it may be time to consider a price drop to attract more buyers. A new listing is really attractive to buyers, so something is off if people aren’t biting at the listing. Remember that right after your home hits the market should be the busiest time for showings and online hits on the listing.
The Property Has Lots Of Attention And No Offers
Eventually, if you give a property enough time to gather interest, there will be an offer. If there haven’t been any offers but lots of attention on the property there are a few things that could be wrong. First, the property might need some updating. If you’re selling a home, the last thing that you probably want too is updated the house. Small changes can make a big difference. If you don't have the money to make repairs and updates, then you need to consider dropping the price of the home. Buyers will want to make these changes themselves and aren’t going to want to pay top dollar for a property that needs fixing up.
If there are significant issues with the home, you may have to address the problems. Old roofs, leaks, and cracks scare off buyers. Getting these problems fixed will help you to sell the home faster and get a better price for it. Keep in mind that even if the home was priced with the need for updating in mind, you still might need to make some changes to find your buyers.
Your Home Has Been On The Market Too Long
If your home has been on the market for an extended period, you’re going to have to drop the price. The longer a home hangs around the housing market, the more likely you are as a seller to get a low offer on the house. Most buyers want to know how long a home has been on the market. If the property has been for sale for an extended period, the next question that a buyer will ask is “What’s wrong with it?” Buyers tend to assume that if a property they love hasn’t been bought by a certain point, there must be a catch. Every real estate agent recommends something a bit different.
Other times, people consider reducing the price of a home as a red flag. It may be better to take the house off the market altogether and then re-list the property for sale.