Increase Your Home's Resale Value with a Newly Remodeled Bathroom
By Keith Loria
Every home buyer has a vision of their perfect house and the rooms that are most important to them. Because of their relatively small size in comparison to the rest of a home, bathrooms are often overlooked in the staging process, but for many, it could be the most important room when making the decision to put an offer on a home. Not only do bathrooms contribute to a home’s value, a well-designed bathroom will also increase the home’s appeal in the eyes of a buyer.
“A bathroom is more than just a place for grooming; it’s a sanctuary,” said Marcia Sullivan of the Staging Bug Blog. “It’s a place one can relax in a hot bath and escape the stresses of daily life for a few moments at a time.”
Updating a tired looking bathroom is one of the best things you can do to increase a home’s resale value and the fixes are not too costly or labor intensive. Easy fixes include adding luxurious towels, replacing the shower curtain and placing candles around the bathtub. However, with a little more money and effort, your bathroom can become a talking point of the house.
“Newly remodeled bathrooms will add value to your home and help your home sell faster,” said Debbie Batts, manager of Metropolitan Bath and Tile in Bowie, Md. “You don’t have to feel cramped for space in your average-sized master bath. Light, café-au-lait colors and white will give you a bright wake up call in the morning. Washed, natural cabinets and polished granite countertop with double white sinks and porcelain keep it light.”
Adding decorative glass, stone tile or accents to the bathroom will help the home stand out among the other houses in the neighborhood that are for sale. Extra-wide wall tiles are popular these days and wood cabinets can be beautifully embellished with intricately carved wooden onlays.
“Add more lighting options around the room, especially around the vanity to reduce shadows and glaring,” Sullivan said. “This is something that isn’t too expensive and can really highlight the positive features of a bathroom. Mood lighting around the tub area is also increasing in popularity.”
While there’s nothing better than coming home from a hard day’s work and relaxing in a big soothing tub, putting in a new tub and creating a spa-like atmosphere will enable prospective buyers to imagine themselves washing their cares away. Adding a massage element to the showerhead or one that replicates rain showers is also something that will appeal to buyers.
Changing out the fixtures in a bathroom can also dramatically enhance the space. From cabinet handles to faucets, the addition of brushed nickel or other metals that are polished and elegant are always a huge hit. If space permits, you may want to invest in adding a second sink.
When buyers walk into a renovated bathroom that exudes quality and offers an intimate, contemporary feel, it’s one of the top things that people will remember about a home.
For more tips on how to update your bathroom, contact our office today.