Five Ways To Make Your Bathroom Easier to Clean

Are you sick of scrubbing your floors and breathing in harsh chemicals every time you clean your bathroom? While most people like having a clean bathroom, few enjoy the actual cleaning process. If you are looking for some foolproof ways to make your bathroom easier to clean, you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few pro-tips for simplifying your bathroom cleaning process.

Seal Your Grout

If you don’t remember the color your grout is supposed to be and you still aren’t sure after hours of scrubbing, you may consider steam cleaning and sealing your grout. This process works in two steps: first, our team will professionally deep clean your tile and tackle dirty and moldy grout. Then, we can seal your grout lines with Perma Treat, which creates an impenetrable layer between your grout and external elements. This process improves your space’s integrity and will keep tile looking new for years to come with simple routine cleaning.

Mitigate Mold

Taking small steps to mitigate mold in your bathroom can avoid a big cleaning hassle down the line. Because mold thrives in damp places, making an effort to reduce excess water in your bathroom and improving circulation can significantly reduce your risk of mold. Some best practices to mitigate mold in your bathroom include:

 

Refinish Your Bathtub

If your tub is off-color or showing signs of age but you do not want to replace it, you may consider refinishing your bathtub. This process essentially gives your bathtub a facelift without having to do a large-scale bathroom remodel. When you opt to refinish your tub, it gives it a new, clean feel which you can maintain with routine cleanings rather than the having to do intense deep cleanings on the regular to make even a slight improvement.

Maintain Your Drain

Drain maintenance is key to simplifying your bathroom cleaning process. Rather than flooding your tub with chemicals when it gets clogged, take a few small steps on a regular basis to avoid huge backups that can only be fixed with heavy-duty chemical cleaners. Some drain maintenance best practices to implement include:

  • Using mesh screens over shower and bathtub drains (and all drains in your house) to catch hair and other particles before they make their way into the plumbing system and cause a clog.
  • Pouring boiling water down your drain regularly to eliminate soap scum build up
  • Teaching your children about drain maintenance and explain what should and should not go down the drain.

 

Get Organized

While scrubbing floors and clearing drains are often the most dreaded parts of cleaning, organizing your bathroom can also be an uphill battle. Implementing some space-saving solutions or using other organization strategies can help declutter your bathroom and leave your space feeling fresh and clean. Some optimal options for organizing your bathroom include:

  • Streamline your medicine cabinet. If you have a bunch of old prescriptions bottles or five bottles of tylenol with three pills in each, consolidate your items and declutter your cabinets to make more space.
  • Get creative with towel storage. If your bathroom is jam-packed, consider using a different space in your home for storing equal towels or implement simple cabinets, hangings and boxes to make the most of space you already have.
  • Leverage wall space and simple hanging solutions. Whether you have teenagers with makeup products everywhere or you have more cosmetics than you care to admit, bathrooms full of makeup, hair products, and other beauty supplies can get cluttered quickly. Equipping wall space and other unused spaces with hanging hardware and simple storage solutions can help you declutter and maximize your space.

 

To learn more about Strictly Tile and how our team can help you improve tile solutions throughout your home, visit our website today!

What You Need to Know About Grout Rehab and Maintenance

When was the last time you cleaned the grout in your home? While most people give their bathroom a once over on a regular basis, giving your bathroom a deep clean is something many people tend to put off. Maintaining your grout, however, can reduce mold, prevent water and structural damage, and increase the value of your home in the long run. Whether you are unsure of best practices for grout rehab maintenance or your are seeking long term solutions to keep your space clean and sturdy for years to come, here are a few things to know about grout rehab and maintenance.

Common Grout Problems

Whether in your kitchen, bathroom, or any other tile surface in your home, most types of grout will need some maintenance as a result of wear and tear. Letting various contaminants build up in your grout can cause unsightly stains, buildup of allergens, and even cause structural damage to your grout.  Making an effort to maintain grout throughout your home is a best practice to avoid some of the following common issues:

  • Mold and mildew
  • Dirt and grime build up
  • Structural damage because of repeated water exposure
  • Cracked grout lines
  • Air bubbles from poorly installed grout and tile

 

Build up of mold, mildew, dirt, and grime can typically be combatted with regular cleanings. Structural damage, cracked grout, and poorly installed grout, however, typically require professional assistance. If the tile in your home has these issues, give our team a call, we’re happy to help.

Grout and Tile Cleaning Best Practices

One of the easiest ways to prevent costly repairs down the road is to do routine cleanings to avoid dirt and mold buildup. Quick cleaning jobs more often can reduce the need for lengthy deep cleans down the line. Some common cleaning methods for grout include baking soda and vinegar, oxygenated bleach, and more. Don’t hesitate to use a cleaning brush or old toothbrush for easier access to those grout joints!

Grout Joint Rehab

If the grout joints in your home need more than a routine cleaning, Strictly Tile can implement a number of solutions to rehabilitate or replace your grout. Whether the tile in your bathroom needs a professional grade deep clean or complete replacement, we can assess your situation and apply the best solution. Some common grout joint rehab solutions include:

  • Replacing cracked grout lines
  • Cleaning moldy caulk lines and replacing if necessary
  • Restoring stained caulk lines to their normal color
  • Regularly scheduled maintenance cleaning

Preventative Solutions

When it comes to grout maintenance and rehabilitation, prevention can often be the best solution. Our team can implement a number of preventative technologies in your home to seal your grout and tile, and protect them from mold, water damage, and general wear and tear. We use Perma Treat solution, a solution that creates an impenetrable barrier between your tile and contaminants, to protect your surfaces for years to come. Perma Treat also comes with a lifetime warranty, so your surfaces will look brand new for years to come with simple routine cleaning. Perma Treat is a successful solution for the following surfaces:

  • Kitchen countertops and other granite and marble surfaces
  • Kitchen flooring
  • Bathroom surfaces
  • Outdoor concrete, stone, brick, and other types of patios

Keeping your bathroom and other tile surfaces clean and well maintained is crucial. Whether your grout lines need routine deep cleaning, or need to be removed, replaced, and resealed, our team is here to help. We pride ourselves on high quality, long lasting solutions to add to the value of your home and keep it looking new for years to come. To learn more about Strictly Tile’s grout rehab and maintenance services, visit our website today!

5 Bathroom Cleaning Tips You Wish You’d Known Sooner

There are few who actually enjoy cleaning. There are even fewer who enjoy cleaning the bathroom. Between scrubbing the toilet or finding out what exactly is in your shower drain, it’s not a pleasant task. However, there are some things you can do in order to make the task quicker, and an overall easier experience. From choosing a preventative and long lasting solution such as Permatreat, to some quick hacks that will keep your mirrors looking shiny and new, here are five tips that you can use for your next bathroom deep clean.

Tile

Cleaning your tile regularly is the best way to maintain it. Steam cleaning, baking soda and vinegar, and oxygenated bleach are all great solutions for tile cleaning. Additionally, opting for a high quality sealing solution such as Permatreat for your tile is a worthy investment that will keep your floors looking new for years to come.

Mirror

Giving the mirror some TLC is another crucial part of your deep clean. Every time you have to squint through the make up dust and toothpaste specks in order to see your reflection, you know it’s time to get out the scrub brush. Instead of a glass cleaner and a paper towel, which tends to leave streaks, use tea instead! Strong black tea in a spray bottle cleans the mirror without leaving splotches, and drying with a newspaper will leave your mirror streak-free.

Toilet

Cleaning the toilet is likely one of the worst aspects of cleaning the bathroom. Knowing everything that people do in there is enough to make anyone gag while scrubbing. In order to make this process easier, instead of using a fancy cleaning solution, just use white vinegar. Not only does vinegar disinfect by killing mold, germs and bacteria, but it also dissolves the scum that you find in your toilet bowl.

Sink

After looking away from your mirror, you may notice the hard water stains on the faucet below you. Scrubbing tends to just blur the already existing splotches. In order to get rid of them entirely, use an all-natural tool: a lemon. Rubbing a lemon over your bathroom hardware will break down hard water stains in a snap, having the added benefit of leaving your bathroom smelling lemony fresh!

Shower

The shower tends to be one of the most difficult projects of the bathroom, as soap scum can be fairly resilient against your average cleaner. Try going at it with a different angle by filling a dish wand with half dish soap and half vinegar. It will break through the grime better, leaving your bath or shower squeaky clean.  

Cleaning the bathroom will never be a fun task, but by using these tips, you’re sure to save time and energy for more entertaining activities. Strictly Tile has partnered with Permatreat to bring Seattle homeowners the best, longest lasting tile solutions. To learn more about bathroom care and maintenance, visit our website today. To learn more about Permatreat solutions, give us a call at 206-375-5858.

How to Keep Your Tile Looking Newer, Longer

When you update your home’s tile, you’re making an investment in your house’s value. Once you have made the investment of time and money to improve your home’s tile, you are probably hoping not to have to do it again in the near future. However, sometimes life gets in the way and maintaining your tile isn’t always at the top of your to do list. While not all tile is made equal, there are several ways to keep your tile clean, safe, and looking new for many years to come.

Choose High Quality Tile

Like many things in life, sometimes it’s worth paying a little more initially for higher quality products that will last for years to come. That way, you can avoid having to update and replace your tile in the near future and thus the higher quality material essentially pays for itself. There are many things to take into account when choosing tile for your home, including material, design, size, how it will fit into your homes overall aesthetics, and more. Opting for tile that is a bit higher quality initially may serve you in the long run, as it will be less likely to be damaged over time.

Perma Treat Seal

Top notch tile is a great start, but using a high quality sealing solution is a great way to make your tile essentially last forever. At Strictly Tile, we use Perma Treat as our sealing solution because this professional grade solution will seal your tile and make it nearly impenetrable for dirt, water, and other damaging substances. We use this product because it comes with a lifetime guarantee for waterproofness of your stone and tile surfaces. When a professional applies Perma Treat to your tile, it is protected for life and backed by professional support. That means you’ll have new looking tile for years to come with just routine cleanings for maintenance.

Nothing Can Replace Routine Cleaning

If you have strong tile and an impenetrable seal, your tile should be set for years to come. These high quality products, however, do not make your tile immune to dust, pet hair, and other substances that come with living in your home. Quick routine cleanings are a great way to remove dust and dander to renew your tile’s shine. When you choose our team for your tile needs, we’ll equip you with tile that can look new forever, as long as you’re willing to give it the occasional once over with a sponge and quick sweep with a broom!

For kitchens, bathrooms, outdoor areas, and what have you, tile is a great solution for your home. Taking steps such as choosing good tile, applying quality sealer, and keeping up with routine cleanings are great ways to keep your tile looking clean and new for years to come. To learn more about Strictly Tile and our tile solutions, visit our website today!

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Why We Choose Perma Treat

At Strictly Tile, we take the craftsmanship and care of tile throughout your home very seriously. We also think about how our products and services affect the people and the world around us. That’s why we stick to Perma Treat for cleaning and lasting maintenance. Perma Treat is more than a sealer, it is a lifetime guarantee for the waterproofness of your stone and tile surfaces.

Countertops Are Covered

As most customers who have previously bought granite can tell you, these natural surfaces get dull and dirty quickly. Without the proper sealer covering the surface, most sealants will wear off within a few short months, leaving homeowners to re-seal surfaces in their kitchen every year. The Perma Treat seal leaves your kitchen countertops feeling just as smooth on the surface as they ever did. Say good-bye to trapped dirt and bacteria, hello Perma Treat.

Keeping Kitchen and Hallway Tile Clean

Even if you wanted to DIY your home remodel, it is a good idea to call in a professional to prepare, clean and seal your flooring. The surest way to see wear and tear over time is through the change in grout color. What was once white collects dirt and dust until it becomes a dark gray or black. Our team stops the discoloration before it even starts! If you’ve already noticed the change, our professional grade cleaning solution will have it looking as good as new in no time, and allowing for just a simple clean to get it back to new again for as long as you own it.

Preserve Your Private Haven in the Bathroom

Imagine a walk-in, tile covered shower area with rain showerheads coming from the ceiling to complete the feel of your little oasis. Then think about how much time you need to scrub all the grout clean. Dirt and grime love to accumulate in the bathroom and shower. The Perma Treat layer of protection seals uneven surfaces throughout the bathroom to prevent dirt from burying itself under the surface in your home spa. That means, this product has the power of cutting your bathroom cleaning battle in half. While the warranty doesn’t mean you’ll never have to clean again, it makes cleaning significantly easier by keeping the dirt, grime, and soap scum on the surface from burying itself in your bathroom.

Outdoorsy Types

When inviting the neighbors over for a BBQ or throwing a member of your family a surprise birthday party out on the back patio, the last thing you want to worry about is the mold and mildew that collects during the year. Perma Treat is the answer to outdoor moisture and humidity. Once a team of professionals has cleaned and treated your patio area, you’ll wonder where Perma Treat has been your whole life.

At Strictly Tile, we know how much of an investment our homeowners make to bring out the beauty in their homes. Specialty materials such as porcelain, marble or granite are sure to catch the attention of any visitor and improve the overall appeal of a home. By investing in the right maintenance tools, your home holds on to that fresh look and feel for years without a backbreaking cleaning and scrubbing regimen. Perma Treat offers a lifetime warranty on all indoor surfaces and a 15-year warranty on outdoor services. Visit our website today to learn how we can make Perma Treat your solution!

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Best Ways to Clean Your Tile Grout

Cleaning your bathroom can be time consuming. Tile grout is one of those small aspects of the bathroom that can make a large impact in regards to cleanliness. The tile can be spotless, but if the grout is discolored it can make the whole bathroom feel dirtier. Here are a few tips of how you can make your tile grout shine, with as little effort as possible.

 

Steam Cleaner

If you have the funds to buy or rent a steam cleaner to clean your grout, then this is a fairly simple solution. Ensure that the steam cleaner has the required attachments, a steam hose and small brush, and you can get started. Follow the setup instructions that come with the steamer, and do not add any extra chemicals.

Turn it on and run the brush over the grout, where it will take up both grime and mildew, then be sure to wipe up the extra moisture at the end. Be careful with sealed grout though, as steam cleaners can destroy sealant.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

For those that would rather save money, here’s a more DIY solution. As a warning, vinegar can harm some natural stones such as limestone or marble, though it’s fine for colored grout. Combine three parts baking soda to one part water and mix it together in order to create a paste. Put this paste all over your grout, and then spray it with a mixture that is one part water and one part white vinegar.

This will cause a bubbling reaction, which shows that it’s working. Once the bubbling stops, use a toothbrush to scrub at the grout, and when you’re finished mop the floor with plain water to get rid of the leftover paste. You’ll be left with sparkly clean tile grout.

Perma Treat

At Strictly Tile, our go-to product for cleaning and maintaining tile is Perma Treat. Perma Treat is a professionally applied cleaning product with a lifetime guarantee on indoor surfaces. Our team can help your kitchen or bathroom floor stay cleaner longer. Once you’ve had this service done, your tile will last longer and look brand new over the years with routine cleaning. You’ll pay for it once, and have the lifetime guarantee of high quality, clean and strong tile and granite in your home.  

Oxygenated Bleach

Bleach is a slightly stronger option than baking soda and vinegar, though it should be fine for all tile types. However, unlike the solution above, it may damage colored tile, so choose your DIY accordingly. You may want to test the solution in a corner of the room to make sure there are no ill effects.

Add two tablespoons of bleach to two cups of warm water, and pour it onto a small portion of the grout. Use a toothbrush to scrub away the grime, occasionally putting more bleach powder on the wet brush for a stronger solution. Be sure to mop well afterward to clear your floor of bleach.

Whether you choose a steam cleaner or a DIY solution, you can make sure that your grout is squeaky clean after your next bathroom cleaning session. To learn more about tile in your home, visit our website today!

5 Tips for Choosing Bathroom Tile

Remodeling a bathroom can be a daunting task. There are so many things to consider and coordinate, that the options can become overwhelming very quickly. While every aspect deserves focus, choosing your tile has a huge impact on the overall outcome of your renovations. Tile can be involved in almost every area of the bathroom, whether it’s the floor, the shower, the wall, or an artistic backsplash. With so many variations out there, it’s important to narrow down what type of tile you’re looking for. When you’re deciding which tile to use, consider these quick tips to make your choice a little easier.

Finding Favorites 

Often, when you’re beginning a bathroom remodel, you have a distinct idea of how you want it to look when it’s done. That may include a certain type of tile. Whether you know you’re looking for natural stone, a basic white subway look, or simply something darker, find your “must have” tile first. That way you can plan the rest of you bathroom around it, and you don’t end up with a bunch of different types of tile that don’t fit together.

Practice Practicality

There are a lot of great tile options out there. However, you have to ask yourself if it’s ultimately worth it to get the tile you want if it something that needs frequent cleaning, could potentially cause a health hazard, or just generally isn’t practical for your lifestyle.

If you’re really interested in natural stone tiles for instance, don’t put them in an area that is likely to be wet frequently (i.e. the shower or bath area), as they are porous so they hold onto dirt more than other tile options. You also have to take into account that they have to be sealed, which is an extra step.

Glass tiles, while great for a focal point, should be used on a wall or backsplash as they get very slick when wet, and could result in an injury for you or a family member.

Get Creative

The bathroom is a great place to create a focal point that captures a piece of your personality. Use different colors, patterns, textures, and/or sizes to create a showstopper that is the first thing you see when you walk in. Exercise caution however, as you should stick to one focal point in the room.

Don’t Go Overboard

There are so many cool options to do in a bathroom, we may often find ourselves wanting to do all of them. However, this can create a chaotic look to a room that is supposed to be our oasis. As a general rule, stick to about three different types of tile maximum in the room to avoid it looking messy.

Reuse and Recycle

Large-scale tiles are a very trendy material right now. Take advantage of this style by utilizing the large tiles in a portion of the bathroom, and then cutting them to create different sizes and shapes to use in other areas. You can save some money, as well as creating both a cohesive and interesting look for your new remodeled bathroom.

Home remodels can be taxing, but having a fresh, clean new look for your bathroom will be well worth it in the end. If you’re looking for a top notch tile provider in the Pacific Northwest, contact us today!

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5 Tile Trends to Spruce Up Your Space in 2017

For a lot of people, the New Year is a time to start to projects and set new goals. While some people are hitting the gym, others are using this time to envision the space they want to live in for years to come. If you fall into the latter category, we’re here to help. Check out these new styles and trends in tile on the rise this year.

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Think natural

Historically, brick-looking floors were made of bricks and hardwood floors were made of wood. This year, wood and brick looking floors that are actually made of tile are on the rise. These materials are great because they give your space a homey, natural look with the added benefits of durability and easiness to clean that only tile can offer.

Change up the pattern

Some people like simple, staid patterns in their homes and prefer to spruce up their spaces with wall hangings, photos, and other types of decorations. In 2017, many people are opting to buck that trend and use patterned tiles to add some flair to their space. Patterned tile is a great way to add some color to your kitchen or bathroom so you won’t have to worry about decorating blank spaces.

Add some color

Expect to see floors, bathrooms, and other tile spaces full of color this year. Using bright tile in your space is another easy way to add color and flair to white rooms and blank walls. For those who really like something funky and avant-garde, mixing and matching is another trend on the rise. Whether you want a little more flair with black and white tiles or to really brighten up a space with various bright colors, colorful tiles are in a great choice this year.

Go big

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Large tiles are becoming more and more popular. These tiles add a unique look to your space with the added benefit of being easier to clean. If you’re looking for something more bold, consider combining one of the other trends with bigger tiles. This will give your space a bright new look for years to come.

Think outside the square

The vast majority of tile is square, but this year that’s changing. Incorporating new shapes of tile including hexagons, round edges, and other types of shapes can add an edgy look to your space without getting too far out of the ordinary.

A New Year is a great time to take on new projects and start improving your home. To learn more about tile options or to get one of these trends in your home contact Strictly Tile today!  

Granite vs. Tile: What’s Best for Your Home?

Choosing between granite and tile often means deciding what you prefer. Both are terrific flooring options. Both are tough and durable, easy to clean, and available in many different styles. Neither one inherently trumps the other. That being said, they’re absolutely not the same, so it’s up to each homeowner to make the right decision for the house or the project that’s being done. Below are a few things you must consider:

Ceramic tile offers a more regular, planned appearance

Tile is made to look a specific way, whereas granite is cut from the ground as is. This means that you can get regular patterns with tile, while granite will often be irregular and have imperfections. Additionally, you can buy as much tile as you need of the exact same style, but matching granite can be hard. Because it’s a raw material, there’s only so much to pick from and there are only so many options. If you want to control every last detail of the job, that’s easier to do with tile.

Granite is incredibly tough

Being stone, granite is one of the toughest materials you’re ever going to find. Ceramic tiles crack more easily and may need to be replaced. Of course, the upside of tile is that you can replace one tile with another one exactly like it. This is harder to do with granite because, as noted above, there are fewer options.

Granite is porous

A good ceramic tile is non-porous, so it’s not going to stain if you spill something on it. You can just wipe it up and move on. Granite can stain since it is porous and so liquid can get inside the stone itself. This means there can be extra work sealing granite every so often to make sure it doesn’t stain. Generally speaking, granite lasts longer than tile, but it takes more work to keep it looking its best.

Tile is less expensive

If you’re trying to stick to a budget, tile may quickly become more attractive when you see how much less it costs. This also makes it ideal for large projects – more than just redoing the floor in the kitchen, for example. Though you can find good deals on granite, it’s typically going to push the cost of the project up noticeably. Installation also tends to cost more.

As you can see, both granite and tile are excellent options, with their own pros and cons. Make sure you consider all of your options before moving forward on your project, and pick the one that best fits the job. Remember, granite is as durable as almost anything on the market, but tile gives you more options and greater control. If you’re interested in installing tile in your home, contact Strictly Tile today!

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8 Home Improvement Projects to Boost Your Home’s Value Before Next Buying Season

Now that fall is here, the real estate market is cooling off a bit. The average American home-buyer doesn’t want to have to pack up and move during the coldest and wettest months of the year. It’s another layer of stress that most people don’t need during the holiday season. Spring is usually when the buyers come out in droves, ready for a new space after a long winter cooped up inside. Instead of hurrying to list your home now, this fall is a great time to consider plans for projects to boost your home’s value when you do list it for sale on the local real estate market this upcoming spring.

1. Upgrade Your Kitchen
There’s no question that the kitchen is one of, if not the, most influential spaces in a home when it comes to buyers. Kitchens tend to be the center of family activity, so potential buyers want a kitchen space that they can live in that doesn’t feel like someone has already. If you’re going to sell, now’s the time to upgrade your appliances and replace your countertops with granite, quartz, or even butcher block wood, depending on the style of your home and the color scheme and decor. Those investments of a few thousand dollars can pay off big time when the buyers start coming through your home.

2. Install Tile in Your Kitchen or Bath
Tile is an investment that most buyers will immediately notice and appreciate. Whether you’re doing a black and white flooring pattern in your bathroom to give it a fresh and clean yet vintage feel or a backsplash around your kitchen sink using deeply colored subway tiles, the appeal of well-installed tile is powerful. Tile conveys quality, and it can drastically change a room that was previously outfitted in panel boards or linoleum-style flooring. The colors of tiles can be used to blend a room together or make a certain section of the space stand out. Tile is incredibly versatile!

Tile surrounds for your bathtub can also take a mediocre bathroom and really make it pop. While there is a lot of work involved with tile installation, it pays off handsomely when it’s time to list your home. Many buyers are most concerned with the aesthetic appeal of the bathroom and kitchen in a home, so investing in durable, universally-appealing tile is a project that will definitely boost your home’s value. Tile is easy to clean and won’t wear down and look shabby like other kinds of flooring or wall treatments in these high traffic areas of your home.

3. Make Your Home Accessible
While accessible means different things to different people, in general this should include things like replacing circular door knobs with a straight-style lever instead of a knob. It can also mean fixing up and reinforcing handrails in stairways and widening doorways to accommodate mobility accessories. This will appeal not only to families that have a member with mobility issues or special needs, it will also appeal to the older generations who are looking for a home to live in during their retirement years.

Knowing the home is easy to move through can make it that much more appealing to older buyers. You may also consider a home automation system to make maintenance easier for the new owners.

4. Finish Up That Basement!
If you have a full basement that seems like a cement box, it’s not going to appeal to potential buyers. While you can’t put a bedroom in the basement unless there are large windows providing points of egress, the basement can be made into a living space or a work space, depending on the needs of whoever buys your home. Hang drywall over those unsightly cement walls, install a ceiling (drop ceilings are the least expensive option, but aren’t incredibly attractive), and install some practical flooring, depending on the climate and moisture level. Consider leaving it mainly open, which will allow the future owners to divide it (or not) as they see fit.

A finished basement can offer a lot of possibilities for a homeowner, and a newly finished basement space can spark the imaginations of potential buyers. From a quiet workspace and office to a family room, theater room, or even a playroom for the kids, the only limit is the imagination of the person viewing the space. The increased living space and finished square footage can really boost your potential asking price and make the buyers feel like the home is even more spacious than it already is.

5. Invest in Energy Efficiency
While it may seem unnecessary, more and more home buyers are concerned with their impact on the planet. Energy efficiency investments on your part before listing your home will appeal to the buyers who want to tread lightly on this planet. It will also appeal to those who are more frugal, as less energy used means less expense every month. Adding blown-in insulation to your walls, upgrading your doors and windows to thicker, more insulated models, and investing in highly efficient appliances and home systems, like furnaces, will save you money in the short term and command a higher price when sale time comes.

6. Upgrade Your Windows
While it can be an expensive investment, replacing your older window with double-pane, gas-treated windows can be a major selling point for modern buyers. Old windows leak. They get stuck and can’t be opened. They leak hot air all winter and let the cold out in the summer when the air conditioner is running. New windows are easy to open, easy to clean, and have substantially lower rates of heat loss. The installation of newer windows will make your home more efficient and much more attractive to potential buyers, who probably don’t want to incur the expense of replacing windows after buying a home.

7. Invest in Attractive and Durable Flooring
There was a time when a deep carpet was a real selling point in a home. Many modern buyers will view carpets with skepticism. What germs and filth from the previous owners are lurking deep within the fibers of that flooring? No one wants to live on used carpet. Installing modern composite flooring or specially-treated hardwood floors in the primary living spaces is a great investment. It makes the home look open and clean, while offering buyers a space that’s easy to maintain. From sustainable options like treated bamboo floor to gorgeous hardwoods, there’s sure to be one that fits your home.

8. Never Forget the Power of Paint!
Adding a fresh coat of paint to the most critical rooms like the kitchen, bathroom, entrance, and master bedroom, can give a tired space a new lease on life. Fresh paint looks clean and gives the home a newer feel. Buyers don’t want to see the years of fading and wear on the walls when they’re trying to picture themselves in a space. They want to see endless possibilities. Whether you opt for a soft off-white to create a blank canvas to appeal to buyers’ desire to individualize the home or bold colors that play off the flooding, environment, and fixtures, fresh paint can add substantially to the perceived value of your home.

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