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Kitchens and bathrooms sell houses. The old real estate adage rings abundantly true when we see how much work homeowners are willing to put into these two rooms. Bathrooms can get the short of the end stick at times though, receiving just enough square footage to fit in the necessary tub, sink, and toilet. Whether you live in a small apartment or even a larger home that has a half-bathroom downstairs, use these tips to optimize your square footage and make a small bathroom look bigger, courtesy of Menas Real Estate.


Light It Up

There’s the common belief that low light is relaxing and gives the feel of a spa. This is fine if you have a larger restroom that can actually pass as a spa. But if you’re working with a smaller bathroom chances are its only purpose is practical. Make sure there is abundant lighting to keep the room bright as opposed to feeling like a cave. This is especially helpful when getting ready as well.

Light-colored Paint

A dark paint color may seem bold and beautiful but it’s also heavy. A lighter color will make the room seem larger and more airy. It will also reflect the aforementioned lighting better.

Use a Big Mirror

In that same sense, use a large mirror to reflect the light. This will also expand the room. The mirror covering the wall extends the room instead of making it feel closed in. It can be easy to think that a small room can’t take a large piece. In a bathroom, however, there are plenty of other larger pieces (like a tub and/or shower) to help anchor that mirror.

Only One Rug

Gone are the days when a bathroom needed the 3-piece rug and toilet cover set. The small pieces can make the room seem choppy whereas one larger rug can make the entire space seem cohesive. It makes the room flow into a bigger area than the square footage would indicate.

Go Up

A small bathroom means you will only have so much vanity space. Don’t force storage onto the counter. Instead, use the wall space available. Install some shelving higher up on walls. Put cabinets above the toilet to store towels or shelves adjacent to the sink that can act as a medicine cabinet. This will also draw the eye up making the ceiling seem higher and therefore the room larger.

Maximize Storage

Take the area you do have and turn it into storage. In addition to the wall storage mentioned above, utilize areas below the sink, in between the vanity and toilet. Hang racks over the door instead of behind it and place smaller racks over vanity and cabinet doors for tools like hair dryers and straighteners. Use Lazy Susan utensil holders for brushes and such, then store it in the corner of the counter or below the sink.


A small bathroom doesn’t have to be a problem. Work with space instead of against it and use these tips to make a small bathroom look bigger. Every home is different so before you spend a dime freshening your home up, contact Menas Real Estate for advice.  A true pro knows what buyers in your area want and can help you maximize your home’s appeal without busting your budget.


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5 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Value on a Budget

Ask an Expert

Sometimes, the opinion of an expert will allow you to see your home in a completely different light. Invite a realtor or interior designer over to inspect your home. Most realtors will do this as a courtesy, but a designer may require a consultation fee. Interview several designers in your area. They can give you many budget friendly ideas to boost your home’s value.  Even minor recommended enhancements, such as cleaning clutter, de-personalizing your home, and wall décor ideas or furniture placement can go a long way toward improving the look and feel of your home. If a designer is out of the question, turn to home improvement magazines, books, TV shows and websites. Simply tab, tear out, or print the ideas that would work for your home and start a folder for each room in your home. When remodeling on a budget, do-it-yourself projects are best.

New Paint

Painting your home is one of the simplest, most cost-effective improvements! Freshly painted rooms look unsoiled and modernized – and that brings added value. When choosing paint colors, remember that neutrals appeal to most people. Look at magazines to gain insight and inspiration for color choices. A gallon of paint typically averages $25.  Don’t forget the rollers, painter’s tape, drop cloths and brushes! Turn on some music and have fun! Your home will appreciate the makeover it so desperately deserves.

Low Maintenance Landscaping

Get out your push mower to add curb appeal without breaking the budget. Overgrown or patchy lawns, and outsized bushes will decrease the value of your home. Go from messy to maintained by mowing the lawn, raking the leaves, pulling the weeds, trimming the hedges, and sweeping the walkway. Add fresh mulch, edging and garden décor. A colorful wreath always looks inviting. Go to a garden center, farm, or co-op and purchase trees, shrubs, and colorful plants that will add an eco-friendly feel. Be sure to purchase plants that are in-season and native to your region. A new mailbox can also add curb appeal.

Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

The adage is true, “You have one first impression.” When people walk into your home, they are silently judging the walls in which you live. Declutter each room and purge items that are no longer needed or used. Donate them to a Salvation Army for a tax deduction. The more clutter your home acquires, the more cramped and dirty it will feel. If your budget allows, hire a cleaning service for a thorough top to bottom scrubbing. Even if you clean habitually, there are areas that may be missed. Make sure your kitchen appliances are sparkling, your floors are clean, and the house looks and smells pleasant.

Updated Lighting & Fixtures

New, energy efficient lighting can make a room look bigger and warmer. Update any old-fashioned fixtures and replace them with energy-efficient models. This will allow you to save on your monthly utility bills. Stylish replacements can be found on home retailer websites that will keep you posted on the latest lighting trends. Fixtures like knobs and faucets can also be updated and replaced at a low cost and will add an modern atmosphere to your home.

Making some modest, low-budget improvements to your house can mean the difference between a quick sell or a house that sits on the market.

If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Mobile County, Alabama, the Menas Real Estate team is here to help you! Feel free to ask us any questions you may have or schedule a private showing to a property of your interest! Call (251) 348-7446 or visit or

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