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Don't Touch that Tile!



Is It Time To Re-Do Your Retro?


Did you get a great deal on your house because the sweet, little old lady that lived there tiled the master bath in those trendy cotton candy colors of the 1960's?  Or, maybe it was updated but, not the way you would do it. 

Either way, you've finally realized you deserve the master spa of your dreams and you're ready to do something about it. Before you get started, there are some things you should consider. 


How long do you see yourself living in this house?  Is this the last home you plan to buy?  Or, are you raising kids that, if all goes well, won't return home to camp out in your basement so, downsizing is an option you're looking forward to. 

What difference does that make you ask?  Well, it could make a huge when you go to sell your home.


If this is your forever home, by all means, pick what you love no matter what the design.  Your master bed and bath should be your personal retreat.  Colors, textures and patterns can energize you or bring a sense of tranquility.  When resale is the furthest thing from your mind, chose what makes YOU happy.


If you have even the slightest inkling you may be moving in the next 5 to 7 years, opting for classic, timeless surfaces and tile is a safe bet for appealing to the masses.  Keep in mind, even something as innocuous as patterned floor tile can present an objection to a potential buyer. 

I certainly don't want to discourage you from expressing your personal style.  After all, you will be living there and you should enjoy it.  Just keep in mind why you got a great deal and if a job relocation is a possibility, opt for neutral over the Jackson Pollack looking tile.


Just as with any neutral room, the bathroom above can be spiced up with your favorite color accents.  Towels, a rug, vases and wall hangings in turquoise would have a big impact on the look and mood of this bathroom.  Heck, go crazy, paint the walls fuchsia.  But, chose timeless hardscapes for the permanent, big-ticket items so, when it is time to sell, it's easy to convert back to a pallet that pleases a wide spectrum of buyers.


Lastly, if you're thinking of remodeling strictly for resale, there's a whole different set of rules for that.  We'll go into that another time.  If you're planning a major renovation for your master bath, you should plan on living there for a few years to enjoy the return on your investment. 

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