Spend a Little to Make More: Inexpensive Bathroom Upgrades to Improve Home Value

Spend a Little to Make More: Inexpensive Bathroom Upgrades to Improve Home Value

Taryn Williford
May 11, 2016

Potential buyers can be thrown off by the littlest things (just consult any episode of House Hunters). Even if you're not thinking about selling your home now, you can make small improvements while you're still living there without dedicating a lot of time or money to the cause.

These 7 bathroom projects take only a weekend and a few hundred bucks, at most, but they'll pay off in the long run when you decide to sell in a few months or a few years.

Clean or Re-Do the Grout

This is a choose-your own adventure project: If the grout in the shower and elsewhere around the bathroom looks good, just a bit dirty, give it a good deep clean. If you think the grout is beyond help, or you'd benefit from changing up the color, try a full removal and re-do.

Change Out the Light Fixture

The easiest way to bring a dated bathroom into this millennium is to replace the light fixture(s) around the space to something more contemporary. You'd be surprised how something so small can give the whole space a facelift.

Install a Green Low-Flow Toilet

It might be the most expensive project on this list thanks to the hardware required (that is, a whole new toilet), but this one will definitely pay off. If you bought your home many years ago, local regulations might require the toilets in the home to be low-flow before you can close a sale. So do the repair now and enjoy the savings on your water bill while you're still living there.

Apply Fresh Caulk

Step 1: Use a razor or box-cutter to cut the old grout out. Step 2: Try not to gag at the mildew underneath as you clean it. Step 3: Pretend you're a Ghostbuster while you use a caulk gun to apply a fresh seal and make the bathroom look and feel brand new.