Recently, we took a look at some design trends you should avoid when you’re looking to renovate your property. Today, we’re going to look at the other end of things with some great, inexpensive renovations you can make to your property’s bathroom to boost its value. You don’t have to break the bank to make your property look fresh and new. If you want to get the most out of your rental, you need quality property management services. Call Real Property Management Central Arkansas today to learn more!
-Paint the Walls
When was the last time the walls of your property’s bathroom were painted? If it’s been more than five years, it’s time to freshen it up. Choose a light-colored paint for a fresh and airy aesthetic that prospective renters will appreciate. Neutral colors like soft white or an appealing shade of pale blue are perfect for this, because they appeal to just about everyone.
One of the parts of any bathroom that shows the most wear and tear is the tile. Whether it’s on the floor or in the shower, dirt, mildew, and other things can make a bathroom look old and filthy. Depending on how severe it is, you might be able to clean it up with a bleach solution and some elbow grease. However, the grout might still look discolored after you do this. At that point, it’s a good idea to re-grout the bathroom. With about a day’s work and a few tools and supplies, you can knock this process out quickly and without spending a ton of money. Your bathroom will feel like new with this simple process.
-Replace Light Fixtures
If you have older light fixtures like the “Hollywood style” where it’s a line of lights hanging above the mirror, it’s a good idea to replace it. While those older styles may have been hip back when they were first installed, they have since become passé and may turn a renter off. Not only do they look outdated, but with as many lightbulbs as those fixtures take, they’re a huge drain on energy. You can find replacement light fixtures at the hardware store for as little as $20, and they’re quite easy to install. Just be sure the power is off before you start working on it!
Once upon a time, not so long ago, ceramic drawer pulls with a fancy floral print were considered quite high-end. Unfortunately, that time has passed, and more people think of their grandma’s house when they see these pieces than something elegant. Updating the hardware in your bathroom will help it stay up-to-date and aesthetically pleasing. It goes beyond the knobs on drawers and cabinets — the toilet paper holder and towel rack could both be updated as well. Not only are these upgrades easy to install, they’re an inexpensive way to create a sleeker appearance for the bathroom.
-Upgrade the Showerhead
A bad showerhead can make showering miserable. Whether it’s an old fixture coated in lime and calcium or it’s a fancy but inefficient rainfall showerhead, it’s something that most renters will pay attention to. Upgrade to something sleek yet functional, such as a dual-head showerhead with a removable wand. This is a quick, easy, and reasonably priced upgrade that tenants will greatly appreciate.
This may be the upgrade with the highest price tag we talk about today, but investing in a low-flow toilet is a great way to make the transition to a more energy conscious property. Additionally, you’ll likely have to work with a plumber to ensure it gets installed properly. With that said, low-flow toilets can save hundreds of dollars on water bills annually, so it’s something that will return your investment.
A bad bathroom can be the difference between finding a new renter and losing people’s interest. When you put a little bit of money back into your property by renovating the bathroom, you’ll have something you’re proud to rent out, and prospective tenants will appreciate the attention you’ve paid toward the property’s upkeep. If you want to get the most out of your rental property, call Real Property Management Central Arkansas today. With years of experience and a true love of the Little Rock area, we know how to make your property stand out in the market. We hope to hear from you soon!
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