When the time comes to sell your home, you want to leave a great first impression on potential buyers, and convince them your home is a worthy investment that will provide many years of joy and value.
To achieve this, virtually every aspect of your home both inside and out should be immaculate. From the main living rooms and bedrooms through to the private office, outside, garages, and – of course – the humble bathroom.
As one of the most used rooms in the house, a bathroom renovation is a great way to get more offers from eager buyers and earn a better return on your investment. Best of all? You don’t have to spend a fortune or give up several weekends to get the desired results.
Here are 5 easy and affordable maintenance tips to help increase the value of your home.
Upgrade Bathroom Fixtures
By replacing your outdated and inefficient bathroom fixtures – including taps, showerheads, and faucets – you can enhance the visual appeal of your bathroom and pass on the energy savings to the next tenants.
How efficient are new bathroom fixtures? According to Hunter Water, modern water efficient showerheads use around 9 litres of water per minute, while standard non efficient showerheads use 12-22 litres per minute.
In addition this, low flow, high efficiency faucets can help reduce household water usage by about 4 percent.
Repaint the Bathroom Walls
Tired of stepping into a time warp every time you enter the bathroom?
Now’s the perfect time to replace those bright, unflattering, and outdated colours for a modern look that won’t go out of style with time.
But just because clean and simple is ‘in’ you don’t have to settle for plain white. Colour tones that maintain the simplicity of white but still add a creative flair include soft grey, charcoal, creamy white, and cerulean blue.
Keep in mind, you need to use special bathroom paint, one that can handle humid conditions and is resistant to mould, mildew and flaking. Fortunately, you can find specially formulated bathroom paint at all good hardware stores.
Update Tile Grout
Another great bathroom maintenance tip to increase the value of your home.
While it may seem like an insignificant task, removing your old tile grout and replacing it with fresh new grout can make a world of difference. The clean, white lines will make your tiles ‘pop’ and protect your home from water damage.
However, updating your tile grout is a big job. You need to prepare all surfaces, manually remove the old grout, and freshly lay down new grout. All of this could take an entire day or more depending on the size of your bathroom.
For this reason, it’s worth hiring a waterproofing expert who can professionally install new grout in your bathroom – and back up their service with a workmanship guarantee.
Apply New Silicone Sealant
Old, damaged silicone sealant can be unsightly, promote mould growth, and expose gaps in the surface – leaving it vulnerable to water leakage.
Whether you need to reseal around a bathtub, near corners, and other areas where the wall and floor meet, applying fresh silicone sealant is a great way to improve the appearance and waterproof capabilities of your bathroom.
Again, this isn’t a small job though. You need to purchase the right silicone sealant product, prepare the surfaces, remove the old sealant, apply the new sealant, and allow the sealant to cure for at least 24 hours. While it can be done yourself, get ready to dedicate a whole day or even a weekend to doing it.
If you don’t have the time or resources, a waterproofing specialist can usually get the job done in a matter of hours.
Repair Broken Tiles
Even just a few chips, cracks, and splits can negatively impact the appearance of your bathroom and shower.
For this reason, it’s worth assessing the current condition of all your tiles and replacing them with new ones. Keep in mind you’ll need to match the new tiles with the old ones in order to preserve the original look. If this isn’t possible, then you may be able to settle with a design similar in colour and appearance.
To ensure the tile replacement job is done correctly, and you don’t compromise the integrity of your waterproofing, we highly recommend you leave this job to the experts.
Highly trained in all aspects of tile replacements, a team of waterproofing experts will use the latest tools and knowledge to safely remove old tiles, track down fresh new tiles, and professionally install them to ensure they meet the highest building standards.
Best of all? Services like this are backed by a workmanship guarantee to protect you from faulty work.
Want to enhance the value of your home with these bathroom maintenance tips? To request a FREE quote from Shower Sealed, call 1300 519 133 or fill out the online form