What's the most important part of the bathroom to update?

Asked by Louzette, Port Chester, NY Tue Feb 19, 2008

I have a co-op that I am selling - 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. I totally redid the kitchen with corian countertops and stainless appliances but cannot afford to totally re-do the bathrooms. The walls have foil wallpaper on them, 1 bathroom has a vanity with a marble type of top on it and the other bathroom has a free standing sink with 2 skinny silver legs. I am told that the sink is back in vogue now and to just replace the faucet with a vintage looking one. I'm not sure if that is the best think to do or to replace it with a new vanity sink. What are the most important things to update in the bathrooms?

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Kymie Cooksey, Agent, Beekman, NY
Sat Feb 23, 2008
In order to update a bathroom, you really need to replace most fixtures. However, a simple clearing out of any and all items which clutter the area as well as a thorough cleaning and re-paint of any area that has been painted can offer a significant improvement. When you don't have money to spend, focus on cleanliness and be sure the place immaculate. Bathrooms should not have toothbrushes out, toothpaste, used handsoaps, barsoaps, etc. Buyers want to imagine themselves using a bathroom, not think of other people who may have used it! If you're showing a home, this is SO important!
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Donald Mituz…, Agent, Chappaqua, NY
Wed Feb 20, 2008
Take the foil wallpaper down ASAP. Clean, bright and fresh will go a long way in a bathroom. Make sure all lights are working and if you have an old noisy fan, replace it. Changing fixtures may also be a big help. Make sure you compare prices online as you may be able to get the same fixture for half price or less. If you need to regrout the tub area it can brighten up the room also. If you need to recaulk the lower tub area please remember, less is more. People tend to use way too much caulk and the end result looks very poor and only draws attention to a problem. Good luck.
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CMLHoldings, Other Pro, Bartlett, IL
Wed Feb 20, 2008
A fresh coat of neutral paint is a must. Home depot or Lowes have pleanty of light fixtures that are cheap and nice looking.
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Audrey Hoffm…, , Baltimore, MD
Wed Feb 20, 2008
A bathroom needs to look clean and not make you feel claustrophobic. Maximize space by clearing clutter. Update fixtures can often provide a less expensive makeover. For your best ROI (Return on Investment), consider using a professional home stager to "wow" buyers.
All the best,
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Debt Free Da…, , 85260
Tue Feb 19, 2008
I think you pretty much have to do the whole thing. I just redid part of a bathroom. One part looks great and the other part looks old.
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ally, Home Buyer, San Francisco, CA
Tue Feb 19, 2008
We had wallpaper in the bathroom of our old condo. We had someone come in and rip out the wallpaper and painted the walls off-white. The room looked brighter and "newer".
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Gail Gladsto…, Agent, 11743, NY
Tue Feb 19, 2008
The bathroom should be minimized with "things" and should sparkle absolutely immaculate. Leave the toilet seat cover down at all times.

You are asking decorating ideas which is impossible to do without seeing the property. There are no guarantees that whatever you do, the potential buyer will like it. So, just keep it clean, nicely scented and minimal.
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Voices Member, , Benton County, OR
Wed Apr 1, 2009
Toilet Paper Dispenser/Roll Thing. If it does not function properly or is not located within easy access then who cares about the rest. I been in some fancy bathrooms and the roll thing is like behind you in some gold-plated thingamajig that let's you get one sheet and sticks. Who cares about the fancy faucets then?

In fact the entire remodel should be focused on where that stupid dispenser thingamajig goes.

Just my take on the subject, Dunes
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Kimo Stowell, Agent, Honolulu, HI
Wed Apr 1, 2009
Aloha Louzette,

I would first figure out your budget for each bathroom. As mentioned previously, Striping the wall paper and painting will be labor intensive but inexpensive. The condition of the tub and or shower stall is very important as is the vanity sink. There are tub refinishing kits for under fifty dollars and If you have a shower door that is dingy and old, replace it with a curtain. Fixtures can be expensive if your looking for reproductions of antique fixtures, so I would get them as shiny and clean as possible and keep an eye out for salvaged fixtures for sale on the internet. Best of Luck!
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Mari Hermans…, Agent, Peoria, AZ
Sun Mar 15, 2009
Removing wallpaper and applying a fresh coat of paint is always an inexpensive update to any room. Replacing old small tile with larger more modern tile may be to costly unless you do the work yourself. Changing light fixtures, faucets, towel bars can improve the look as well.
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michael grae…, Agent, White Plains, NY
Wed Feb 18, 2009
If the wall paper is the old foil wallpaper that was popular in the 1960's, it might be the least costly job to tackle. Simply rent a steamer and follow the instructions to remove the old paper. After the paper is off, paint the walls with a light color or off white paint. That will make a big difference with little cost. Dress up the bath rooms with fresh area rugs designed for bathrooms and shower curtains, etc. to give a new feel to these two bathrooms. Regazing is another possibility, but only if really needed to dress up the older sink and tubs.
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