Let’s be honest…nobody really loves to think about their bathroom. It’s a prerequisite to every home, not because it’s fun to hang out in, but because every human being needs it. It serves a very specific purpose, and outside of that purpose, there’s no reason to pay attention to it. That’s why it can get overlooked in home improvement.
Having a toilet that flushes, a shower with hot water and a sink you can wash your hands in might feel like all you need. However, a well designed bathroom can be an understated signal of excellent taste, raising the value of your home. While a relaxing shower set-up and a glitzy toilet might be the first things on the bathroom renovation checklist, there’s a much more subtle but just as important force at play here: the sink.
Think about what happens in a bathroom sink. Washing your hands, brushing your teeth, shaving, refilling water bottles…these are all actions that call for the utmost hygiene. If there’s something impeding your sink’s functionality, cleanliness or aesthetic, it will take its toll on the quality of your life. There’s a chance your sink is fine, but if you haven’t thought about replacing it, make sure everything’s in check before you move on.
It Might Need a New Paint Job
A chipped sink won’t ruin your life, but it’s far from ideal, especially in the eyes of a buyer. Not taking care of chips and blemishes on your sink’s paint is simply procrastination; sure, you can get away with it for a while but eventually, something will need to be done.
That time might come when you put your home on the market. Some buyers might not immediately notice a chip, but those who do will be put-off and your home will decrease in value. If you’re going to have to deal with it then, why not deal with it now, when you can still reap the benefits of a well-painted sink?
Also, chipped paint is the type of damage that won’t get any better. If you let it linger, the cracks will only get bigger as more of your sink’s surface feels the impact. Also, seemingly harmless damage to paint can actually be symptomatic of a greater issue involving your sink’s foundation. If you notice any imperfections, you should contact a professional to evaluate the scope and severity of the issue.
It Might Be Rusty
Grout, mold and rust are commonly overlooked issues that frequently plague bathrooms, and they are almost always signs that a space is not as clean as it needs to be. The most likely to impact your sink is rust, the reddish-brown crusty coating that shows up when moisture settles onto metal. As you know, a sink is a metal spout that releases water, so it is especially susceptible to this type of damage.
What’s wrong with rust? Not only is a bad look, but it can be very detrimental to the structure of your sink, making it brittle and liable to collapse. Rust only gets worse with time, and the more rust your sink collects, the faster it will break and the more costly it will be to replace later down the line.
It Might Be a Lost Cause
Let’s say your sink gets clogged. What do you do? Well, you’d probably call a plumber, who would come over and fix it until it breaks again. Then, you have to repeat the process over and over and over…until you realize the issue might be beyond plumbing. If your sink has had trouble doing its basic job in the past, continuous repairs won’t do it any good. A phone call to the plumber about your sink should be a rarity. If it isn’t, you should probably cut to the chase and get it replaced. Otherwise, you’ll be racking up plumber fees without making any actual progress.
It Might Be an Eyesore
To put it bluntly, an ugly sink doesn’t do anyone any good. Sure, sinks are not there to gawk at, but if you walk into a home and the owner has evidently paid attention to how their sink is designed, you will take note. Modern bathroom design can do wonders for a home’s value. In contrast, even if your sink has accumulated all the problems mentioned in this article and it still does what it needs to do, it’s probably not that nice to look at. Aesthetics aren’t everything, but when it negatively impacts the environment your home creates, it never hurts to take action. Take a good, long look at your sink and think “do I deserve better?”
Buyers Will Be Turned Off by A Flawed Sink
Everything mentioned in this article links back to one key point: sinks matter if you’re trying to sell your house. The greater principle here is attention to detail. Things that might seem minor can actually have major implications on how your home is valued and how well it does on the market. At the end of the day, all a sink needs to do is dispense water. But a rusty, out of date, unappealing, chipped sink might actually cost you more on the market than you’d pay to replace it.
Buyers will be turned off by anything they have to fix after they purchase a house. Replacing your sink can do more than increase your quality of life; it can put money in your pocket.