When preparing to sell a home, the costs of common renovations can add up quickly, leading home sellers to look for DIY opportunities to cut costs. Sound familiar to you? We recommend starting your DIY journey in your powder room, a small room where minimal renovations can lead to maximum value.
A powder room is the name given to a bathroom that is meant for use by guests. A powder room typically lacks a bathtub or shower and is often smaller than the other bathrooms in a home. The meaning behind the name comes from the prohibition days, when to cover up any redness that came from drinking.
A quick refresh – much like a nose powdering – can help your home make a good impression guests and potential buyers. A simple coat of paint can go a long way. Since powder rooms are small and isolated, feel free to experiment with colors that you might thing are too “showy” or daring for the other rooms in your home. Wallpaper or wallpaper like products are another way to quickly spruce up the walls in a powder room.
Updating your light fixtures can improve the ambiance of a powder room and most lighting swaps can be done without the help of a professional electrician. Speaking of fixtures, updating your sink fixtures, towel racks and other accessories can bring your humble powder room in line with the times without sending your budget into the red.
Don’t sweat it. If you are hiring a contractor to remodel your bathrooms, the powder room will be the cheapest place to start and is an opportunity to make a great first impression on visitors and potential buyers who need a place to freshen up.