5 Tips for Remodeling a Bathroom for Resale

October 12, 2015

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Are you thinking about selling your home in the next 5 years? Or maybe you just want to make sure your planned bathroom remodel adds to your home’s value and marketability in case you decide to sell in the future? Either way, you are on the right track! Our Baltimore bathroom remodeling experts at Bath Doctor have helped many customers like you combine their style and current needs with the ROI-centered approach to remodeling. Here are a few things you should consider when remodeling your bathroom with resale value in mind.

Keep That Bathtub

If you have a small bathroom, it may seem logical to get rid of that old bathtub and put in a stylish shower instead. However, depending on your location and neighborhood, potential buyers may want and expect a bathtub in a home like yours. A tub is nice (and crucial) for washing kids and pets, so if you live in a primarily family-with-kids neighborhood, you might want to keep that tub. If your home is an area mainly occupied by single professionals or couples without children, then a shower may be more usable and welcome.

Focus on the Visuals

Have you ever seen one of those HGTV shows where people have just remodeled a home and you can observe the reaction of potential buyers? When they walk into a bathroom, you often hear them say “I love this tile” or “look at this countertop!” There is rarely a “faucet connoisseur” who points out a brand of hardware. The point is, put the money where people can see the end result. Your low-flow toilet, although a great long-term investment, doesn’t evoke immediate appeal during an open house. Most people are more concerned about the overall aesthetics of the place, and that’s what’s going to sell your bathroom.

Go Bigger

Space (or lack thereof) is also something that is noticed by house hunters right away. No one is ever crazy about a tiny bathroom—the best sentiment you may get is “I guess it could work,” which is not the “I love it” you are looking for. If you have the money and resources to expand your bathroom or at least make it look bigger, go for it!

Stick With Neutrals

Whenever possible, stick with neutral colors when it comes to more or less permanent decisions, such as the color of the tile, tub and countertops, as well as the finish of the fixtures and cabinets. You can always add more personality with accessories, such as towels, mats, cabinet pulls, etc.—things that can be easily swapped when the time comes to sell. Wall color can be changed as well without a major hassle, but make sure you have a professional repaint your bathroom to avoid paint marks on the ceiling and paint drops on your shiny new faucets.

Consider a Second Bathroom

If you live in an older home, you may have just one full bathroom shared between the two stories and a basement. That’s not an ideal scenario and a big problem for many home buyers. Instead of remodeling your current dated bathroom, consider adding a second one on a different floor. This will yield a bigger return on investment and will make your home more appealing to the buyers.

And if you are not selling right away, be sure to remodel in a way that makes your bathroom more enjoyable for you and your family. Feel free to get in touch with our bathroom design and remodeling specialists at Bath Doctor for ideas on how to make that happen!

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