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  • Writer's pictureMolly Hangartner

Age Proof Your Bathroom

Kitchens sell homes, it’s true. But bathrooms can really impact a buyer’s perception of the home. It’s always so funny to me when I show a house and the kitchen is beautifully updated, only to have the bathrooms show the age of the home.

Instead of letting your bathrooms date your home, age-proof them with some easy updates.

Spruce up the shower. Install a handheld showerhead to get the most mileage out of the shower. Not only will it make cleaning a breeze, but it’s also so helpful if you have kids or pets. And if you’re doing a shower remodel, think about adding a shower bench, too, which is a big pro for buyers.

Reconsider glass around the shower. Glass adds a clean look, but only when it’s clean. Glass is also prone to getting “glass cancer”, which looks like permanent soap scum, when harsh chemicals are used on it. If you live in an area with hard water, consider getting frosted glass or using another surface around the shower.

Think about lighting. Lighting is so important in bathrooms, especially in the bathrooms where people will get ready for the day. You want a well-lit space, so add some can lights in addition to the vanity light. And natural light is always a selling point, so emphasize any windows or skylights.

Use a long-lasting tile. There’s a ton of options when it comes to tile, but porcelain tile is made to last a lifetime. Porcelain tile also adds a timeless feel. If you want to spice things up a bit, you can use an accent tile in a different material.

Create a slip-proof floor. Wet floors are a bathroom standard, so use textured flooring to reduce slipping. Instead of using a smooth tile, which can get super slick, use a textured tile like stone or a bathroom specific tile.

With a few updates, your bathroom will look immaculate and be buyer-ready for years to come.

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