Bathrooms are an important part of the home, and even more so if you’re trying to sell it. If you’re considering a bathroom remodel or just a few updates, you’ll want to know what projects you should be investing most of your money and time into to see the best ROI.
From updating old fixtures to changing the color, sometimes the smallest details make a big difference in the bathroom. Here are a few bathroom projects that will help increase the value of your home.
Remodeling Your Bathroom
Bathrooms can be a major selling point for homebuyers. “It might sound weird, but we have to spend time in our bathrooms,” Emily Hoefler said, kitchen and bath specialist at Renovations Group Inc. “I think a well-done bathroom appeals to a potential buyer because it takes the room past just functional and makes it an inviting space, a space that the buyer can see themselves in. People buy homes they can see themselves living in.”
Even if you’re not doing a complete remodel, there are a few projects you can do that will boost the value of your home. Here are a few areas you should focus on:
Update Bathroom Fixtures
You might see them as small details, but outdated fixtures in your bathroom can make the entire space look old, even if you’ve put significant effort in making everything else look stylish.
“Switching plumbing fixtures from a colored enamel to white is a fairly easy switch that will make an outdated bathroom feel more updated,” Hoefler said. “Especially if those plumbing fixtures are a pastel pink or blue.”
Depending on what you need to replace and update, this could be the budget-friendly change your bathroom needs!
Update Bathroom Paint Color
While you may not think it’s a big deal, the color of your bathroom might make or break a buyer’s decision. You want to make your bathroom a place they can see themselves in and what they wish their dream bathroom to look like. While you may love a bright pink, that might not be every homebuyer’s taste.
Hoefler suggests sticking to a timeless look. “If you’re making changes to your bathroom right before putting it on the market, consider using neutral colors and maintaining your home’s style so potential buyers have a clean slate to work with,” she said.
Upgrade Your Shower
While the look of a luxury bathroom has always included a large bathtub, times are now changing. Current trends point to big walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads. Hoefler said that when it comes to walk-in showers, a glass shower enclosure is a look many homeowners want.
“Almost every bathroom project I’m designing includes one,” she said.” Even a small 3’x3’ shower can become so much more attractive when it has a glass enclosure. I think the appeal for people having these, and wanting to buy a home that has one, is it not only makes the shower feel so much more luxurious, but it makes the whole bathroom feel more open. What was once a small bathroom, can become almost seemingly double in size with a glass shower enclosure, and that’s attractive.”
However, she does mention that there should still be one tub in the home for families with young children and pets.
Install New Tile & Backsplash
An old bathroom backsplash and tile must be taken care of before putting your home on the market. A colorful pastel backsplash can make a bathroom look dated. Instead, think of timeless backsplash materials and combinations. A popular choice right now is white subway tile. Large, natural stone tiles are also gaining in popularity as a look that’s here to stay.
Now more than ever, homeowners are looking for eco-friendly updates in homes, especially in the bathroom. There’s a lot of resources, such as water and light, that can be wasted. Making a few energy-saving updates is a budget-friendly way to add value to your home. In fact, changing a showerhead to one that saves water is cheap and can be done in a little as a few hours!
One item that can likely use an eco-upgrade is the toilet. Old toilets waste gallons of water that in result, hurt your wallet and the earth. If you’re remodeling your bathroom, think about installing a water-saving toilet to improve the value.
When you’re remodeling your bathroom, you want to make sure you’ll be getting the most out of your investment. “When considering a project to increase the value of your home, it’s important to keep in mind the cost vs. value,” Hoefler said. “Some remodeling projects take longer to recoup cost, so make sure you’re spending wisely.”
These are a few ideas to start making the most of your bathroom. Incorporate them into your bathroom remodel to make the most of your money!