Ask any real estate agent or financial adviser and they’ll say the best investment out there is putting money back into your home. It’s your biggest purchase (this side of a Lamborghini) and thus eventually your biggest sale.
So where do I spend on home improvement? Eight out of ten contractors will say in the kitchen because it is the focal point of a property. Master bedroom renovations are profitable too, but what is a room in your home that each resident and nearly every guest uses? The bathroom.
Bathroom renovations might not sound like a worthwhile area to invest in. That budget could be better off used in creating a man cave or turning that spare bedroom into a craft room, right? Sure, but here are also some reasons why renovating your bathroom is more rewarding than you think.
Creating a Sanctuary
Bathrooms are functional for sure, but they don’t have to be “get in and get out.” There’s nothing wrong with enjoying what can be a very peaceful time in the bathroom.
Instead of cold, plain, bland tile, imagine your bathroom smelling like lavender, having soft accent lighting, and with neutral décor that is relaxing and inviting.
We think of finished basements or upstairs media rooms as the spots that really offer the improved quality of living in a home. But how often do you use those areas? Weekends? Random Tuesday nights? You use the bathroom many times a day.
So Many Options
Bathroom renovations don’t sound all that appealing, but that’s because most homeowners think of it as putting in a new toilet and vanity and being done with the process. There are so many options out there to customize a bathroom though, including:
In commercial construction, amenities have to be considered for individuals of all different capabilities and accessibility levels. Light switches need to be at a certain height, there needs to be enough space to turn a wheelchair or walker around, there should be a lot of bracing, etc.
There’s no reason not to incorporate that into a residential bathroom remodel, even if you don’t need it now. If you’re getting the room down to the bare bones anyways, there’s no sense in not making it accessible in case of future health woes, if an older relative visits or moves in, or for potential buyers that may have a family member with a disability.
A lot of home renovation projects pay you back in the long term by increasing your home’s market value. But with how much water and energy your bathroom uses you can start recouping payback in the first month.
Let’s look at the very simplest bathroom renovation, you don’t have to run an exhaust fan and you’ll prevent mold growth just by having a window installed if there’s not already one there. Privacy glass can be used to maintain that sense of calm.
Bathroom renovations work great for reducing water consumption as well. Low flow faucets and toilets pay themselves off, and even something as simple as a shower timer can really start reducing your carbon footprint. Many homeowners make money off their bathroom renovations eventually.
Making the Space Memorable to Buyers
Every floor plan has an open concept and a breakfast bar now. So much so that these are indistinguishable aspects to home buyers. With an exquisite bathroom renovation, you create a selling point that future buyers cannot forget.
A bathtub, heated floors, creative lighting, and some technological upgrades are things that a future buyer will remember.
You can enjoy your renovation now, but also get paid for the project when the time comes to sell your home and you subsequently need to remodel your new property.
Yes, a kitchen is very important, so is a master bedroom, but they won’t get nearly the usage (or the compliments) as a bathroom renovation.
A bathroom remodel is sure to be a delight for you and your family once the revamp is complete. Guests who visit your home will enjoy the upgrade too, as there’s nothing like a fresh new look to make the time in there a bit better. After all, we do spend a significant portion of our waking hours in the bathroom, so fixing it up is always appreciated.
Not only will a bathroom remodel or upgrade make the room more livable for you and yours, but it will add value to your home in the event you choose to put it on the market sometime in the future. This may not be top of mind at the moment, but it is a consideration to be aware of, no matter your selling plans at the present time. As one of the most used rooms in the home, a clean, crisp, well-coordinated, and upkept bathroom makes an immediate impression, proving that your home is well taken care of and maintained to the max.
Size is not an issue when it comes to making an impact. Even the smallest bathrooms have plenty of potential, so don’t dismiss an upgrade when there is a lot that can be accomplished. For instance, if you currently have a tub, consider converting it into a more streamlined shower. This will add more space and make the bathroom look modern. You can add attractive mirrors to create an illusion of a larger room, as well as lighting techniques that will add a degree of dimension. Less clutter on the countertop, a sleek vanity space, and even the color of the tiles will change everything. Small does not mean you’re stuck. We will reinvent your bathroom room so the area appears more spacious.
Depending on your budget, redo options are all over the board. We will work with you to get the most bang for your buck, be it in just one of your bathrooms or all of them. First and foremost, function is top priority. Let’s be sure your faucets aren’t dripping or leaking, cracks and crumbles are dealt with, and there’s nothing falling apart or especially unsightly. It is always smart to focus on the bathroom(s) that buyers care about the most – perhaps the one in the master bedroom or one in your main foyer that gets lots of foot traffic. It all depends on the layout of your home and the current status of your space. If all you require is a few touch-ups, consider giving each bathroom an upgrade to some degree. Little changes go a long way, be it adding a double sink for that “fancy” factor, or removing your clunky vanity for something slimmer and more stylish. Glass shower doors look far more flattering than ratty old plastic shower curtains, and nice shiny new faucets add a touch of flair.
Tiles can last a long time if they are made from high-quality materials and have been installed properly. They may do the trick for the time being, but as for reselling, you may want to swap them out. An old-fashioned look – no matter how well the tiles may have tolerated time – may make people think your bathroom isn’t up to par. We’ve got tons of tiles to choose from, in a wide range of colors, shapes, and sizes, and at a variety of price points. Peruse our sizeable showroom for samples, and see the drastic difference new tiles can make. They are durable and easy to clean, so the upgrade will last you just as long as the ones you’ve got now…if not longer. If your bathroom is not currently tiled, consider making a swap to this style. The luxurious look of tile adds pizazz and provides a nice selling point when buyers are looking at your bathroom.
A bathroom remodel of any size is a smart move for your money. Whether your budget is small, large, or somewhere in the middle, our friendly and focused team is trained to take your bathroom to the next level. No matter your taste, we will together work out a style that speaks to you. And when you one day sell your home, you will get what you deserve, thanks, in part, to a Columbus Bath Design upgrade. Give us a call when you’re ready to remodel at (614) 907-4558 for an estimate, or stop into our vast showroom to see some of the set-ups we’ve designed. Let’s plan a redo start date. We can’t wait to deliver your dream bathroom!