Joseph Talbot, Real Estate Broker - HOME IMPROVEMENTS THAT IMPROVE VALUES

be appealing. Having a bathtub in one bathroom and a shower in a second is a solution to suit all needs. Ensure that any bathtub you select matches the overall theme of the room. As an example, you would not install a Victorian clawfoot tub in a modern-era, themed bathroom.

SINKS AND COUNTERTOPS

One way to add value to your bathroom is to focus on the countertops and the sink. A popular trend is to invest in a stone countertop. Typically, bathroom countertops are smaller than kitchen counters, so you can spend significantly less money and still get a desirable spa-like quality. One strategy for saving money and adding value is purchasing a slab with some imperfections. If you can work it so the flaws are masked by the sink that will be placed in or on the stone surface, you get the best of both worlds without having to pay the higher price of a flawless slab. It also helps to think creatively. For example, one common trend for DIYers is to take an old dresser and mount a sink on the top as a pedestal or recess the sink on the top counter, creating an elegant solution. This is also useful if you're struggling to find adequate cabinet space to fit the look of your bathroom. Don't forget to update the faucet as well. Attractive metals like stainless steel or polished nickel can bring extra "oomph" to your bathroom. However, be sure that the hardware matches the faucets, or your bathroom might have a hodge-podge feel that will ward off more finicky buyers. Finally, you can make your bathroom even more attractive to new couples by offering double his and her sinks.

CABINETS & STORAGE

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