If you're thinking of selling your home, keep in mind that bathrooms play a major role in the sale. Prospective buyers want a bath that is in good repair, has ample storage and is sparkling clean.

A brighter, lighter bath painted and decorated in a neutral color such as white, off-white, beige or light grey will appeal to the most buyers. And, if you stick with a one-color scheme, buyers will find it easier to imagine how their towels and accessories will look.

Painting the walls and ceiling is easy and inexpensive- use a gloss or semi-gloss finish because it is more soil-steam- and water-resistant and can better withstand repeated scrubbings. Proper lighting can also brighten an otherwise dim bathroom. Use the highest wattage light bulbs your fixtures will allow.

Easy to do fixes that may have a major impact on the sale of your home include:

  • Scrubbing the sink, tub, shower and toilet, polishing chrome fixtures, removing mildew and stains from tiles, cleaning lime deposits, unclogging drains; and cleaning mirrors and window treatments.
  • Repairing leaky faucets and running toilets, replacing broken toilet seats, and tightening hardware and towel racks.
  • Organizing linen closets, countertops and drawers.
  • Hanging a new shower curtain, putting out decorative bars of soap and hanging your nicest towels.