Affordable Ways to Makeover Bathrooms

A dreary, outdated bathroom can be a home sale deal breaker. Remodeling magazine says the average price of a mid-range bathroom remodel in 2007 was $14,445. But $500 worth of nips and tucks can upgrade the room, says Lytel Young, host of HGTV’s "Save My Bath.""

There are three important things in a bathroom," Young says. "Clean, simple, and orderly. That's the key for every budget, whether it's $500 or $40,000." Young recommends these inexpensive steps to sellers whose baths need a facelift:

-Rip out the dated medicine cabinet and replace it with a big mirror.

-Replace the lighting with new sconces on both sides of the mirror plus a new overhead fixture on a dimmer.

-Re-caulk the tub and shower.

-Repaint with a neutral color, but decorate with big, fluffy colorful towels.

-Hang some framed art.

Source: The Washington Post, Terri Sapienza (04/24/08)