The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house, and among the most frequently used. However, it is easy to overlook this space when it’s time to renovate. Updating your bathroom is a worthwhile investment which not only adds value to the home but also increases the overall quality of day to day life. If you are not sure if you really need to make a change, here are the top signs that it is time to update your bathroom.

The Bathroom Has Mold

If you happen to notice dark spots sprouting up in the corners, parts of the ceiling, directly above the bathtub or shower, it’s time to update your bathroom. Keep in mind that not all leaks/drips are visible, so make sure you look for mildew and mold near the edges and corners of your shower and bathtub.

Sometimes mold problems arise from minor issues like drips, faulty pipes, or improper ventilation which are fixed easily. However, if you discover the mildew or mold not going away after the repair, consider that you might have a bigger problem to deal with. Make sure you deal with that problem immediately before it gets worse. If the water gets into your bathroom floor, it could end up compromising its’ structural integrity and make the renovation project much more costly.

Cracked, Chipped, Stained or Broken Glass

As mentioned before, the bathroom is one of the most frequently used rooms in the house. This means that the shower tiles, faucets, and light fixtures are all in heavy use, therefore when they start breaking down, it is time to consider updating them. Also, if you notice discolored tile grout, or there’s cracked linoleum and floor tiles, consider fixing those items if only to avoid injuries to your feet!

No Longer Big Enough

When brushing your teeth or taking a shower, you should feel like you’ve room to move around. While many homes have a standard 8’ by 5’ bathroom (especially those built before 1990), this size does not allow many options. If your bathroom feels somewhat cramped, consider removing a wall or updating the space with space saving features. These features include removing a tub, which isn’t necessary (if there’s another one in the house) or adding a smaller countertop.

Out of Date

Design trends come and go. If you have a pink bathtub, avocado floors, a brightly colored toilet, or gold fixtures, it is time to update your bathroom! These features are out of style and hurt your chances of resale.

Moreover, an outdated bathroom might be hiding a number of unseen problems which need addressing. You should consider updating by using neutral colors on the bathroom walls, and then accenting with a color. Some other tricks include swapping your outdated flooring or adding new lighting that draws the eye upward away from the older fixtures.

There are Leaks in Your Bathroom

Leaks are common in many bathrooms. Depending on the situation, a leak is a minor problem that’s easy to repair or a major one which has to be addressed immediately. If the leak is a result of corrosion which has been present for some time, it might be causing serious water damage which can weaken the structural elements of your house, and end up costing you thousands of dollars in repairs. When you repair a leak consider that you are not only saving on your water bill, but preventing potential structural damage.

You are Looking to Sell Your House Soon

If you are thinking about selling your home in the near future, you should consider updating your bathroom. If your bathroom doesn’t look like the featured picture, you probably need to upgrade it. Many new buyers have lived in ultra modern apartments with granite countertops and brushed metal fixtures, and they expect their new home to have the same. Note: You don’t have to “break the bank” to update and a few small changes (e.g. fixtures) can go a long way.

In the end, an updated bathroom will position your house for a quicker sale.


If you have questions about how to make your bathroom more attractive to a buyer, feel free to contact me using the information below.

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