Below you will find five ways to update your bathroom in style via Bob Vila
If the average person spends 30 minutes a day in the bathroom, and they live to age 75, they will spend 1.5 years in the bathroom during their lifetime. Even without that knowledge, doesn’t it seem worthwhile to do what you can to improve your bathroom’s look, feel, and practicality? Here are five easy DIY bathroom ideas to inspire you and get you started this weekend.
1. MOSAIC THE MIRROR
There are innumerable ways to use tile in the bathroom—and this clever bath upgrade is one more to add to the list. As important as mirrors are in the bath, they are often flat, frameless and lacking decorative panache. With some basic tools, a box of mosaic tiles, thin set mortar, grout—and determination, you can give your bath a decorative lift this weekend by creating your own mosaic mirror frame.
2. INSTALL BOARD AND BATTEN
Here’s proof that even small rooms can benefit greatly from molding and decorative paneling. This board-and-batten wall treatment was installed using pre-primed MDF board, a saw, a tape measure, and some finishing nails. By aligning the horizontal rail to the top of the mirror and window, the bathroom takes on a more spacious appearance (and the look of custom woodworking). You can find a how-to tutorial here.
3. STORE IT WITH STYLE
Bathroom storage does not have to be relegated to only over-the-toilet-étagères and medicine cabinets. You can easily repurpose a vintage ladder to hold towels and magazines, or accessorize a coat rack to hang robes and bath towels. And don’t overlook the benefit of tall ceilings; a shelf above the door is an ideal spot for storing toilet paper and other less frequently used bath supplies.
4. BEADBOARD THE CEILING
In a small room every surface can hold potential—even the ceiling. Draw inspiration from farmhouse and cottage-style designs by installing beadboard. Not only will it add character, it will give the entire room a more finished, professional look. While white is classic, there’s no reason not to consider a splash of color to give the breadboard some additional lift.
5. CUSTOMIZE YOUR SHOWER CURTAIN
Not all shower curtains are beautiful—and not all beautiful shower curtains are affordable. Sidestep both obstacles by purchasing an inexpensive white or transparent curtain and decorate it yourself. Consider something as simple as this polka dot-decorated curtain (which the duo at Chiche & Chouette were able to recreate with an old beer bottle cork stamp and some fabric paint), or dress it up with some painted stripes. Let your skill level and imagination be your guide.
Technology has come a long way, so much so that there are apps that can help you decorate your home.
Evernote is used to store notes, video clops, web addresses, etc of ideas that inspire you. They can be things that you’ve seen and took a picture of or stuff that you found online. This app is available for iOS and Android for $5 a month for the Premium version.
Handyman Calculator has a variety of calculators that will help you determine the quantity of materials required for a specific project. it is only available for Android either for free or 4.00 for the pro version.
Color Capture is perfect for taking a picture of a color you really like, it can be any surface or really anything with the color you like, snap the picture and the app will try to match it the best it can. Benjamin Moore offers this free app which is available for both Android and iOS.
D-Photo Measure helps you save and share things like specific room dimensions, window sizes and cabinet lengths for you to access at any time. You won’t need to write anything down anymore because it’s stored in the app. It is only available for Android and is free or 2.99 for the Pro version.
Mark on Call for iphone of ipad gives you the option to map out floor plans with real dimensions and the ability to add furniture to see what it will really look like. You can also place windows and doors too. The app costs about 4.99
In today’s market it is better for people financially to purchase a home rather than rent. Since mortgage rates are lower than they’ve been in years, this makes it more plausible for people to look into purchasing a home and save money rather than renting out a place and paying more money.
Now before you can really decide if you can purchase a place and not rent, there are some financial factors and questions that you really want to ask yourself.
—Can you qualify for the lowest mortgage rate that is out there right now?
—What tax bracket are you currently in and do you itemize your deductions on your taxes?
— How long do you plan to stay in your home if you do decide to purchase it?
If you do qualify for the lowest rate possible, in the 25% tax bracket and are going to stay in the home for a minimum of 7 years, then you might want to seriously consider purchasing a place and not renting. Putting 20% down with a 30 year fixed mortgage at 3.5% is completely ideal.
Current cities can be broke down like this:
San Francisco: The cost of a mortgage is $2,327, rent is $3,226 with a savings of $899 a month.
Los Angeles: The cost of a mortgage is $1,379, rent is $2,020 with a savings of $641 a month.
San Diego: The cost of a mortgage is $1,314, rent is $1,981 with a savings of $667 a month.
Orange County: The cost of a mortgage is $1,610, rent is $2,423 with a savings of $813 a month.
San Jose: The cost of a mortgage is $1,819, rent is $2,646 with a savings of $872 a month.
Ventura County: The cost of a mortgage is $1,516, rent is $2,274 with a savings of $759 a month.
First and foremost you have the pick the best broker for your home. It would be fair to say most people would go to the busiest brokerage in town and get passed off to the person who can handle them. This doesn’t really give you the best option to pick the best broker. Bottom line, do your homework.
Make sure you get an appraisal. The housing market has changed so much that you’re home isn’t worth what you paid for it and that could be a good thing. If you’ve made some improvements to your home you should definitely get an appraisal sine it will add value to your home.
Make sure to get the right comp and get foreclosures listed in your cops that the realtor gives you. This will help you compare your home to other homes around you and what to price it at.
Do a tax assessment because you can potentially get your property taxes down and that can make your home look a lot more appealing.
Conserve your utilities because the potential buyer is going to want to see what you spend on electricity. If the number is low not only are you savings money on your bill but you’re also keeping them interested.
Your home should have curb appeal so make sure that the front of the house looks good, including the house itself, the lawn and anything that people are going to see when they first pull up.
Hire someone who is going to stage your house. This helps because not everyone likes what you have in your home. If you haven’t moved out yet there is no need to hire one but if you have an empty house fill it!
Home office remodel
Homeowner’s are spending around 28,000 dollars to remodel their home offices and are not getting their money back when they go to sell the home. The fact is, not everyone wants an office in their home and they don’t need something that is going to cost them extra because you decided to remodel it.
Backup power generator
Living in San Diego you do not need a backup generator. Sometimes during the hot summer months we do have power outages, but those are not something that will last for days where you needed back up electricity
Although a sunroom is good to have, if you have to add it and not just remodel it then steer clear. Adding a sunroom can cost about 75,000 dollars and you will get about 48% of the cost back when you sell your home.
Upscale master suite addition
If you want a really nice master suite addition expect to pay about 230,000 dollars. You will get a little over 50 percent back of what you spent so I can tell you now this will not be worth the upgrade.
Depending on the kinds of products you use, expect to pay between 21,000-40,000 dollars when adding a new bathroom. You aren’t going to get your money back so this is something that’s not worth spending.
Upscale garage addition
90,000 dollars is what you’ll have to shell out, so ask yourself is it worth an upscale garage if I only get back 53 percent of what I’m paying for it? No, it’s really not.
To curtail the pricing on all of these additions, try remodeling what you already have if you want new things. This will bring value to your home without breaking your wallet
Having no photos
If you don’t have any pictures of the house you’re selling, how do you expect anyone to be interested in it? Take photos of the outside of your home, inside and of course the backyard. Pictures will entice someone to be interested in the property, but make sure not to use Photoshop or photo editing software that makes let look unrealistic
Lack on transaction details
This can be something simple like not telling the potential buyer that the lender hasn’t approved the sale price of a short sale property.
Don’t use wording that is overreaching
Using a phrase like “the best home on the market” can be too much when selling a property because it’s just not true. You want to use creative wording to try to sell the property but making claims that sound ridiculous or are questionable will just backfire on you in the end.
Pricing that is too good to be true
If your realtor tells you to set the price of your home a lot lower than what it is worth do not do it. This tactic is done to try to get a lot of buyers interested and then have them go over the asking price, which can backfire if no one offers the price that you want.
Flipping a House
You don’t want to come off in your description of the property that you are flipping the house because this sometimes deters buyers. Make sure that you use very little references to newly remodeled and lots of upgrades.
Using the phrase “as is” can actually hurt you when selling a home. It makes it sound like the home isn’t finished or there is something wrong with it. If a property has obvious drawbacks, you should list the improvements that have been done.
Nowadays homes are receiving multiple offers from potential home buyers because inventory and interest rates are so low. Some homes will even get above asking price so be prepared to send in multiple offers when looking foe a home. Follow these tips to help you be the best looking home buyer.
Plan at least 4 months ahead of time before you plan to buy. Make sure your credit is up to par and that there is nothing on there that shouldn’t be and whatever you do, do not make any big purchases on credit or run up a credit card before you plan to buy a house. If the debt-to-income ratio is too high then you should pay down as much debt as you can before you take out a mortgage.
Set the price range you want to stay within. If you can only afford a $400,000 home, don’t look at homes that are $450,000. Since there is a less supply of homes, especially here in San Diego, you will not be able to compete with other buyers who are willing to pay full price.
The more cash you have, the higher your chances are of getting the home you want. Having 20% or more to put down on a home is ideal and it makes you look more financially secure and appealing.
Get pre approved before you decide on the home. This way when you do put in an offer you have a pre approval letter backing up what you’re offering.
Don’t have a bunch of contingencies, standard one’s are usually ability to get a mortgage, the appraisal and the home inspection. if you pile on more stuff then expect the seller to be less interested.
Last but not least, add a personal touch. Send the seller a letter explaining why you want to buy the house. There’s nothing wrong with reaching out to the seller, as long as you aren’t too pushy.