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

PAINT

Like lighting, one of the more inexpensive and effective ways to spruce up your bathroom is to invest in a few cans of fresh paint. However, pay careful attention to how you paint if you choose to go DIY. Attention to detail is critical, and a few blobs of paint on the tub, sink, and so forth can undermine any improvements you've made. Also, be sure to find a high-quality, mould-resistant paint that can ward off mould growth, and don't forget to paint the ceiling, where hard-to-clean surfaces can be breeding grounds for mould and mildew. Also, remember bathrooms tend to be smaller spaces. Painting with lighter colours is a good idea as it can make the space feel bigger. If you paint with a darker colour, it will make the room feel much smaller.

UPDATE THE FIXTURES

The little details matter, especially under the scrutiny of those who view your home with the intention to buy. This includes the light fixtures, door knobs, towel racks, cabinet handles and so forth, all of which can rust and degrade from constant use and a moist atmosphere.

CAULK AND GROUT

Like a fresh coat of paint, paying attention to the fine details can bring a new look to your bathroom at a minimal cost. Cleaning grout may be tedious, but restoring its original hue can make the surrounding elements "pop." The same goes for caulk — a tube of caulk is inexpensive. A fresh application of caulk, especially clear or matching-white colours, brings out the other elements while it prevents moisture from

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