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The Costs & Benefits of a Bathroom Remodel for Home Sellers

October 02 2018
by Leisl Bailey

The Benefits of a Bathroom Remodel for Home Sellers

Bathroom remodels can add a lot of value to your house and help bring in more interested buyers. While many people prefer to focus on the kitchen and other living areas, remodeling the bathroom can go a long way in making the space feel like home.

Bathroom Remodel

A full bathroom remodel can get pretty costly- anywhere between $3,000 and $12,000. It can range from changing out the toilet, sink, and tub, to knocking out a few walls and adding storage cabinets.

While it’s tempting to dive in and start recreating the plans you’ve put to paper, make sure you’ve got a good foundation first. Check the faucets and the rest of the plumbing to make sure nothing is leaking or corroding and everything is good to go.

Because bathrooms see a lot of moisture, it’s a good idea to look for mold and soft spots in the floor that signifies rot. Taking care of these base issues before you dive into beautifying the space will prevent you from unexpectedly needing to remodel your remodel in the future.

Bathroom Renovations

Bathroom renovations are usually smaller than remodels. They involve sprucing up the visual appeal of the bathroom rather than restructuring it. The bathroom renovations include changing up the paint and light fixtures, changing out the faucets, and adding or taking away some decorations.

Bathroom Renovations Cost

Bathroom renovation costs vary based on the size of the bathroom and the extent to which you want to renovate. Because a renovation is simply restoring what is already there– not replacing– they can be fairly inexpensive.

You should plan on about a gallon of paint for the walls and primer to cut down on the number of coats of paint. If you plan on painting the cabinets, you’ll want to prep the space by sanding first.

Shining the faucets and adding a few mirrors to make the space feel bigger can also go a long way.

Renovations like these range anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, depending on the quality and quantity of paint you’ll need.

Bathroom Remodel Ideas

There are quite a few things you can do in your bathroom remodel. From opening walls to add more room, to adding a seamless glass shower to make the room feel bigger– the possibilities seem endless. If you’re struggling to come up with ideas, here are a few for you to steal:

  • Install a Jack-and-Jill sink
  •  Make your bathroom into a spa retreat with a jacuzzi tub and steam shower
  • Create a linen closet within the bathroom
  • Place heating coils beneath the tile
  • Add a solar tube to allow natural light to illuminate the space
  • Put a seat in the shower
  • Tile the bathroom in subway tile
  • Bathroom Remodel Costs

Remodeling a bathroom is a more costly ordeal than simply splashing on some paint and shining the fixtures. Most bathroom remodels can range from $3,000 to $12,000. Here’s a breakdown of some of the major remodeling projects to give you an idea of what it’ll cost you.

  • Bathtub: $400 – $8,000
  • Cabinets: $1,200 – $13,000
  • Flooring: $800 – $7,000
  • Shower: $450 – $10,000
  • Sink: $190 – $6500
  • Toilet: $130 – $780

How much value does a bathroom remodel add?

The value that a remodeled bathroom adds is dependent upon the rest of the features of the house as well as the other homes in your area. If you remodel the bathroom, but leave the kitchen alone and the other homes in the area have updated kitchens, that could affect the value your remodel adds.

Although you can expect to spend between $3,000 and $12,000 on average remodeling your bathroom, you can expect to see about a 66% return on it. That means if you spend $12,000 remodeling your bathroom, you can expect to see your home value increase by about $8,000.

How much value does a bathroom add?

If you’re thinking about adding on an additional bathroom to your house– understand that is a lot of work. Most bathrooms require you to either hook onto an existing waterline (meaning the bathroom must be built by another bathroom, the kitchen, or laundry room) or risk having to drill through the foundation to install the plumbing.

To understand the cost vs. value, decide on the type of bathroom you want– whether a quarter, half, or full– and talk to an appraiser. If you don’t want to spend the money to get an appraiser, you can always ask a local real estate agent to do a CMA. They can run comps in your area and give you an idea of the amount of value adding a bathroom will put into the property.

If adding a bathroom will cost more than it adds, you may want to reconsider putting one in.

How much value does a bathroom add to a house?

The state and number of bathrooms in your house largely determines the value of your house. Most people look at the number of bedrooms and bathrooms before they purchase a home. If the number of bedrooms is more than the number of bathrooms by more than two, it could deter a lot of buyers.

Before considering any major renovations or remodeling projects for your bathroom, make sure you do your homework. Add up the costs of the work you’ll be doing and consider whether doing those projects will increase your house value enough to make it worth your time.

You may decide that some paint and new fixtures can do the job just as well. Whatever you decide, make sure you have the necessary skills to complete the projects. Don’t go knocking out walls and drilling holes in the floor if you haven’t done work like that previously.

Looking for ways to add value to your home before you sell? Talk to a local housing expert like the agents at Clever! Clever agents are experts in your local market meaning they know the do’s and don’ts of adding value to your home based on others in the area.  Call us today at   1-833-2-CLEVER or fill out our online form to get started.