There’s no question that tiles add style to a room. A quick update of the benchtops, flooring, and/or wall tiles can easily make the difference for your home. We understand that not all sellers have the money for this additional expense. So we have come up with three inexpensive ways of transforming your tiles that will surely convert your home from old to sold.

Clean, clean, and clean all tiles and surfaces

This need not be emphasized more clearly. Nothing turns a potential buyer off more than a dirty kitchen, bathroom, or floor. Anywhere you have tile or linoleum flooring, you should clean daily. Make your floors and tiled surfaces shine. When getting your home fresh and clean, don’t forget the bathroom! Here’s a green cleaning recipe from Staging Channel.

Step 1
Sprinkle baking soda like you would scouring powder into the bathtub/shower area. Rub with a damp sponge. Rinse thoroughly.

Step 2
To remove film buildup on bathtubs, apply white vinegar full-strength to a sponge and wipe. Next, use baking soda as you would scouring powder. Rub with a damp sponge and rinse thoroughly with clean water.

Step 3
Vinegar removes most dirt without scrubbing and doesn’t leave a film. Use 1/4 cup (or more) vinegar to 1-gallon water.

Step 4
To clean grout, put 3 cups baking soda into a medium-sized bowl and add 1-cup warm water. Mix into a smooth paste and scrub into grout with a sponge or toothbrush. Rinse thoroughly and dispose of leftover paste when finished.

Create a better flow in the house by starting with the floor

If you want to create better flow in your home, start with the floor. You can easily join two rooms together by using vinyl tile — perhaps the most cost-efficient material in the book. First, use a snap-line to create a center point between the two rooms. Then peel and stick the new vinyl tile down. It’s easy, fast — and most importantly, inexpensive.

One piece of advice: Avoid laying patterns that look too perfect. Make sure to switch up the direction and placement of the tiles to mix the tones. That way, you end up with a floor that has a natural feel.

Update tiles by painting

Dated tiles need to be updated if you want to sell your property quickly. Replacing all the tiles would definitely be time-consuming and of course, expensive. A cheaper alternative to this is to use paint. It’s fast and easy: First, you need to coat the tiles with a high-adhesion primer. Then, brush on a special ceramic epoxy covering. For a fraction of the cost of new tile, you will have an up-to-date look of your floor, walls, and surfaces.