Whether or not you’re looking to sell your home right now, the right bathroom upgrades can improve your home’s value and quicken the sales process once you’ve decide it’s time to move. Even if you don’t have plans to budge – ever – certain upgrades can improve the experience and appearance of your washroom for you and your guests. Utilizing an experienced plumber and general contractor can help insure that your remodel runs smoothly and looks beautiful once it’s completed.
Bathrooms and kitchens are where most people spend the majority of their time when they’re home. Spending a little extra on a kitchen or bathroom remodel can mean a better return on investment, especially in a hot housing market like Orange County. So, which bathroom remodel ideas are the “best bangs” for your buck?
Replace a tub with a walk-in shower. Most people don’t have time these days to take a long soak in the tub. Many homebuyers would rather have a large walk-in shower in the master bath than a space-hogging whirlpool.
Add a second bath. If you have the space, adding a second bath to a single bath home will attract more buyers and more bidders. Amazingly, an added bath can increase your home value by 8.7% (more than twice the rate of an added bedroom).
Think traditional. While it’s tempting to give your house an ultra modern or very personalized vibe, sticking to traditional themes (think natural wood and stone), appeals to more buyers and will look undated longer if you plan on living in your home for a while. You can always personalize with soft finishes like rugs, plants, shower curtains, etc.
Ventilate your commode. A proper ventilation system can prevent mold growth and humidity, which can damage your cabinetry and walls. Is it sexy? No. Does it add value? Yes.
Lighten up. Literally. Adding lots of light (including natural, if you can get it), improves the feeling of the bathroom. Make sure that there is enough light for getting ready, and just enough light for a calming shower at the end of a long day.
That being said (tips about getting the best resell value for your remodel aside) what ultimately matters is that you love the space you’re in. Don’t remodel for someone else, remodel for yourself, especially if you plan on being in your space for a few years. There’s no way to measure the value and pleasure you’ll get from a home remodel that makes you happy.