Bathroom Remodel to Sell House: 4 Tips to Transform Your Space
When homebuyers view houses, they pay particular attention to the bathrooms – both in terms of the number of them and the aesthetics. They typically do not want a house with a bathroom that needs a complete renovation. In today’s market, they want something that is move-in ready and updated. An outdated bathroom can negatively impact purchase price and possibly determine whether a homebuyer will even make an offer. If you are looking to sell your house, it is a good idea to realistically assess your bathrooms. We help many homeowners remodel their homes for a better resale bottom line. Based on our years of experience, here are four tips to transform your bathroom into a space that will appeal to buyers.
Seek Advice from Realtors
Real estate professionals have a pulse on the market. They know what buyers like and don’t like about the houses they tour and how your bathrooms compare to those of your competition. Talk to local realtors about the bathroom features homebuyers are currently looking for, as well as what the bathrooms are like in the homes that have recently sold. This will give you a good baseline for your bathroom remodel. Maybe you can keep your vanity and simply update the tile, fixtures and hardware. Perhaps the addition of frameless glass shower doors will completely change the look of the space. Or, possibly, the current market dictates a complete renovation. Realtors can help you decide the best return on investment.
Choose Timeless Over Trendy
You want your bathroom to appeal to a broad base of buyers. The best way to do that is to select a neutral color scheme. Whites, creams, grays and shades of beige create an inviting space. These colors are on trend without being trendy. They are timeless and can work with all styles from traditional and transitional to contemporary and rustic country.
Make a Statement
Large statement pieces like a tile feature wall and relaxing soaking tub and smaller touches, such as crown molding, eye-catching lighting, and a luxurious towel warming bar, are just some things that will stand out about a bathroom. When planning a bathroom remodel with a resale in mind, you want to make sure to incorporate design ideas that will leave a lasting impression.
Call in the Pros
Putting a home on the market is not the time to tackle projects in which you lack experience – especially when it relates to a bathroom. A single plumbing mistake can be incredibly costly and can create a ripple effect through other parts of the house. Improperly cut and/or laid tiles can immediately jump out at a homebuyer, detracting rather than adding to your home’s appeal. While painting or changing out hardware on a vanity are projects homeowners can do on their own, it is best to leave the larger items to the professionals. It will save you time and headaches – and add to the overall look of the bathroom.
Example of a Bathroom Remodel to Boost a Home’s Selling Price
Homeowners in Bergen County, New Jersey were putting their home on the market. They recognized that in order to get the best price for their home, and boost the possibility of a faster sale, they needed to update their master bathroom. Looking at the return on investment, they decided against a complete renovation and opted for remodeling most of the space.
We removed the existing walk-in shower and installed new tile complete with a stunning feature wall, practical niches for soaps and shampoos, a bench, and frameless glass shower doors. The white and gray tiles used throughout exude a tranquil feel.
To enhance the expansive space, we installed large floor tiles that coordinated with the shower wall tiles. Smaller versions of those tiles were also wrapped around the large tub surround and carried up a feature wall behind the tub. Utilizing the same tiles throughout the bathroom created a cohesive look in the large room.
The existing white vanities already worked with the space and color scheme. We simply updated them with new granite countertops and sinks. The homeowners decided to re-use the existing fixtures.
The transformative remodel will definitely aid in the sale of this home.