Selling your home this year? See what bathroom features should be updated!
If you’re planning on selling your home, you’re probably already aware that the two rooms that matter the most are the kitchen and the bathroom. Home investors, already planning to spend money for a big purchase, aren’t eager to invest additional funds to update kitchen appliances and bathrooms.
“The kitchen and bathroom sell a house,” says Ken Perrin, president of Artistic Renovations. “And most people buy the most expensive home they can afford. So they don’t want to buy a house with a kitchen or bathroom that need to be worked on. That emotional tie is with the house where the kitchen and bathroom are in good condition.”
Depending on when you last remodeled your bathroom will determine what kind of remodeling and expenses you should anticipate. Here’s where to focus your funds depending on what kind of upgrade your bathroom needs:
If your bathroom is in great condition, focus your attention on basic updates that can really impact the wow-factor of your bathroom:
Repaint the Walls: This is especially true if you’ve painted your bathroom in your favorite shade of neon orange. Though you love bright color, it may not appeal to your average home buyer. Repaint your bathroom in neutral shades that will appeal to every age and gender.
Replace Taps and Faucets: Do your faucets and taps have leaks and rust stains, as well as years of soap scum buildup? Replacing the tap is an inexpensive investment with a huge impact, while upgrading to a modern or unique faucet will make your bathroom feel modern and exciting.
Update Light Fixtures: It’s not just the dust coating the light fixture that gives away the age of your bathroom. Outdated light fixtures not only make your bathroom feel antiquated, but they may not provide the best lighting. Sleek new light fixtures can maximize the beauty and comfort of your bathroom.
Maximize Storage: Whether a family or a bachelor buys your house, it’s always better to have too much rather than too little storage. Don’t squeeze in so much that the bathroom feels overbearing and cluttered, but keep an eye on shower shelving, vanity drawer organizers, and shelves that can add storage appeal to your bathroom.
If you have an older bathroom, some basic updates might not be enough. Upgrade your bathroom without the cost of a full remodel by focusing on these areas:
Vanity Tops: Particularly if you have an old, stained linoleum countertop, it’s time for an upgrade. You’ll get the best return on your investment if you invest in granite or quartz countertops that can withstand a bit of abuse. See the pros and cons of each type of vanity countertop here.
Lighting: If your bathroom is dingy and dark, adding additional light fixtures can really liven the space. Focus on lighting around the bathroom mirror. Lighting above and on either side helps smooth dark shadows, making the reflection look healthier and happier.
Shower: Everyone needs to shower, and everyone enjoys a clean, luxury shower. You don’t have to break the bank on this feature, but if your bathtub is old and stained, or your walls warped and molded, a shower remodel can restore the appeal of your bathroom.
Grout: That grout between tiles can get stained over time, especially with how much traffic the bathroom gets. Replace the grout in your bathroom. Or, if you’re tired of worrying about grout and don’t want to worry about it ever again, try investing in our DuraBath materials.
A full bathroom remodel can return more than 100% of the investment when selling your home. Nothing beats the appeal of a completely new bathroom for a new family moving in.
If you feel a full bathroom remodel is right for your home, be sure to invest in features that will draw the most appeal. Like above, focus on the shower and tub as well as the vanity. Also do some research. Do most of the bathrooms in your area have twin sinks instead of one? Making your bathroom match those in your area can add to the appeal of your home.
Additionally, now’s a great time to add some wow-factors that will really sell your bathroom. Here’s a little-known secret: heated floors add appeal.
Looking for a way to add value to your home? Let us help. Call us today, and we’ll provide you with a free, personalized in-home consultation for your bathroom remodel.