Renovating the Bathroom on a Budget

If you’re planning on selling your home, doing some simple home upgrades can help attract buyers and sell your home faster. Bathrooms are one of the most important rooms for buyers, so bathroom renovations in Calgary is a smart idea and could increase resale value. Here are some ideas for renovating the bathroom on a budget:

DIY paint job.

A fresh coat of paint can help transform your dated bathroom into a fresh and modern space. Do this task yourself instead of hiring a painting company and you will save money and get a higher return on investment. Just make sure you choose a neutral colour and use high quality paint, brushes and rollers. A DIY paint job well done can help you sell your home, a sloppy job can do the opposite. Learn how to paint a bathroom.

Consider cabinet refinishing.

While you’re painting, consider refinishing your bathroom cabinets too. Cabinet refinishing can freshen up your old cabinets at a fraction of the cost of cabinet refacing or a replacement. First remove the doors and hardware from the cabinets and place them on a table or saw horse to work on them. Lightly sand the doors, drawer fronts and exposed panels to help the paint adhere to the surface. Make sure the surfaces are clean and for the best results, use a paint that has a primer in it. You can choose to paint them a solid colour, again go neutral, or use a stain. Once they’re dry, install them on the cabinet boxes and put on the hardware.

Replace the hardware.

Whether you are refinishing your cabinets or not, you can really spruce up the space by replacing the hardware. Replace all the cabinet door knobs and handles, towel racks and toilet paper holders with new, modern pieces. This inexpensive upgrade can go a long way in improving the marketability of the bathroom.

Purchase used materials.

While this won’t be possible for every aspect of your DIY bathroom renovation, you should be able to find a few items at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Often, homebuilders, contractors or homeowners will donate overstock or like-new items such as bathtubs, shower surrounds, toilets, sinks, and mirrors. You might have to be patient and return to the store several times before you find the right materials, but if you have the time, it could save you a lot of money.

Update the faucet.

When purchasing a new faucet for the bathroom sink or bathtub, you don’t have to go totally upscale to find something modern and attractive. For a relatively small investment, you can really make a big difference in how your bathroom looks and functions. Updating the faucets is especially important if your current faucets are dated and not working properly.

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