Update your bathroom without a huge renovation

Do you have a bathroom with pink tiles or a blue bathtub?

In today's Angie's List report, little updates like changing the grout color or refinishing the tub, can provide major aesthetic improvements for significantly less money.

A full-scale bathroom remodel costs tens of thousands of dollars, but there are simple updates you can make without breaking the bank.

Angie's List owner Angie Hicks says, â??Remodeling your bathroom can be overwhelming, but it can also be one of the best returns on investment. You can get up to 85 return on the investment, but you donâ??t have to spend thousands of dollars. You can do some simple upgrades like changing that pink tile or blue tile to a more neutral color or update the handles on your cabinets to make the bathroom more modern.â??

You don't have to rip out the bathroom shower tile or tile floors to make them look new again.

If your tile is in good shape, consider re-grouting, cleaning, sealing or staining to make tile look like the day it was installed.

â??When we walk into a bathroom, if the shower is in pretty bad shape with mold and mildew everywhere, they are thinking about tearing it out. We can come in, re-grout it, clean everything, and re-caulk it and it makes the bathroom look brand new,â?? Contractor Chris Uhland said.

Over time, the bathtub begins to show signs of wear - stains, scratches or a dull finish.

Refinishing an existing bathtub is another simple project that can make a big impact.

Another simple update: your toilet.

It may be more cost-effect to replace that toilet than find and repair leaks - which not only cause damage, but consume water and increase your utility bill.

"Often times the focal point of the bathroom is the toilet, let's be face it. And for about $200 you can buy a new toilet that will not only help from an appearance standpoint but also be a more efficient model. But keep in mind you need to hire a professional to install that so you are going to add a bit of cost when that professional comes in," Hicks said.

Updating your sink's hardware or other bathroom fixtures such as the tub handles, control knobs or shower head are another great way to give your bathroom a newer look without spending a lot of money on a total remodel.

Once you have your new fixtures, steer clear of bleach or abrasive cleaners on refinished or reglazed tubs, tiles and grout.

And refinishing and reglazing projects requires proper ventilation - before you sign a contract ask which methods the company uses as well as what type of materials/chemicals/coatings will be applied.