Of all the high-traffic rooms in a house, the bathroom is one of the most popular targets for homeowners hoping to make renovations that they will enjoy and that will impress potential buyers. A recent study from HomeAdvisor showed that Americans spent an average of $13,138 on home improvements in 2020, up 45% year over year. About one-third of those renovations went into bathroom revamps, making them the second most popular upgrade. (Painting interior walls came out on top.) Whether you're putting your house on the market or planning to stay put, making your bathroom more user-friendly and stylish should be at the top of your to-do list. Luckily, updating your loo doesn't mean you have to spend a small fortune or undertake a multiweek renovation. You can make an impact in just five minutes! We spoke with design and home-selling experts to assess which bathroom tweaks you should tackle, based on how much time you have to dedicate to the project. Here are some of their suggestions. If you have 5 minutes With just a few minutes, homeowners can transform their bathroom\u2019s aesthetic. Replacing ratty or plain towels with nice hand towels is fast and easy, and adds a touch of luxury for buyers, says Sydney Brisco, a home improvement specialist and founder of Just a Homeowner in Springfield, OR. Older shower-heads can also quickly be replaced with something sleek and modern, she adds. Cost: Each fix is $15 and up. \u2014\u2014\u2014 One of the biggest issues in this high-traffic zone is odor. Nip that issue in the bud\u2014and improve the look of the space\u2014with fresh flowers, says Marina Vaamonde, a commercial real estate investor and founder of PropertyCashin in Bellaire, TX. \u201cFresh, aromatic flowers add a natural floral scent and provide an elegant visual welcome,\u201d she says. \u201cI tell clients to arrange jasmine, lavender, or ylang-ylang in a classic vase that complements the bathroom\u2019s colors and overall design.\u201d Cost: $4 and up \u2014\u2014\u2014 If you have 30 minutes Spending just a half-hour on a few tweaks will seriously rev up your bathroom\u2019s cachet. Simple framed photos or a few classic art prints can instantly add sophistication and appeal, says Kelly Marohl of Baltimore, a home design expert at The Greenspring Home blog. Order high-resolution prints of your photos or works of art from CVS, Walmart, Shutterfly, or other online sources. Purchase matching frames, assemble your new artwork, and hang it in the bathroom. Cost: Prints start at around 20 cents per print. Simple picture frames start at around $10. \u2014\u2014\u2014 If you have 1 hour Most homes come with generic hardware that tends to age quickly. If you have an hour, it\u2019s feasible to replace cabinet knobs, drawer pulls, or a sink faucet, even for the DIY-challenged. It will take about an hour for non-pros to do, says Jenna Shaughnessy, an interior designer at Jenna Kate at Home in Boston. \u201cGet rid of the old satin nickel, and upgrade to matte black, polished chrome, or satin brass,\u201d she recommends. Cost: $40 and up \u2014\u2014\u2014 This one isn\u2019t fun, but it can make a world of difference. It\u2019s human nature to notice other people\u2019s messes more than our own, so put yourself in the place of a potential home buyer, and prepare to do a deep and thorough cleaning of your bathroom. \u201cUse a mixture of equal parts hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and blue toilet cleaner on bathroom tile grout," says Sarah Renard, a real estate broker with Windermere Realty Trust in Portland, OR. \u201cJust mix it up, let it sit for 10 minutes, and scrub out the gunk with a toothbrush. It can also be used on problem stains in the tub and toilet.\u201d Cost: About $10 \u2014\u2014\u2014 If you have 3 hours An afternoon\u2019s worth of time will deliver a serious bathroom upgrade. Shaughnessy recommends starting with the walls and adding texture by applying wainscoting panels. \u201cWainscoting is a beautiful choice for any style of bathroom, and will instantly add elegance and brightness to a space,\u201d she says. It's prefabricated, easy to mount, and disguises signs of wear and tear. Cost: Wainscoting ranges from $1 to $40 per square foot, depending on the material (whether medium-density fiberboard, plywood, or luxury solid wood). \u2014\u2014\u2014 If you're looking to go all out with a new wall treatment, try some chic peel-and-stick wallpaper. \u201cIt can really add a punch, and the paper isn\u2019t permanent like traditional wallpaper, making it an easy tweak,\u201d says Renard. Cost: More expensive peel-and-stick wallpaper goes for $175-plus per roll. Less expensive options cost around $10 to $30. \u2014\u2014\u2014 If you have a weekend When was your bathroom last updated? If the answer is 10 years ago or more, it probably looks outdated compared with other homes on the market. \u201cOften, homeowners don\u2019t want to do a lot of work before they put their home on the market. But if you have an outdated bathroom, replacing the vanity and flooring will be the best thing you can do to sell your home,\u201d says Jennifer Petreccia, an associate at Re\/Max Advantage Group in Warwick, RI. New flooring can also do wonders to modernize your bathroom, so look into installing new waterproof-vinyl plank flooring (to provide the appearance of hardwood) or tile. Cost: $500 and up for a new vanity and flooring (based on the size of your bathroom and the materials you choose). Unless you are handy and can do it yourself, you'll also have to factor in the cost of labor. The post 10 Best Bathroom Improvement Projects, Based on How Much Time You Have appeared first on Real Estate News & Insights | realtor.com\u00ae.