Because immediate renovations can be costly, complicated, and time consuming, most people love homes with move-in ready bathrooms. Even if you’re not looking to sell your home at the moment, a bathroom remodeling can be an effective way to increase the resale value of your property, making your home desirable to buyers and putting your home in the “wanted” category. In fact, according to REALTOR.com, a bathroom remodel can result in over 84.9% of recouped costs and consistently ranks as one of the best investments you can make in keeping or selling your home. To put it simply, a bathroom remodel is one of those things that help your home sell.
To get the most value out of your remodel, consider these features that are universal crowd-pleasers and will likely continue adding value to your home over time:
- Double Sinks: Two sinks are usually better than one, especially if you are in a neighborhood that attracts families. Consider a bathroom with “his and hers” sinks, particularly in the master bath, to sweeten the deal for couples. If the thought of having a sink all to yourself seems appealing to you, then chances are it will be appealing to future buyers as well.
- Walk-in Shower: Spacious showers with glass doors offer a relaxing and luxurious wow factor that not all bathrooms can boast. If you have the space, consider expanding the shower to create a spa-like atmosphere. Materials like mosaic tiles are commonly used, but you may want to consider constructing the shower of stone or granite, as these materials are usually easier to clean and can hold up better over time.
- Oversized Bathtub: Even if you don’t personally find use for a bath tub in your home, it could be a must on someone else’s list – especially those buyers with young children. Make sure you meet the needs of all kinds of families by installing at least one bathtub in your home. When you do, think about making it over-sized to suit both children and adults.
- Neutral Floors: Consider investing in quality, slip-resistant flooring in a natural pattern to please all design palettes. Buyers will likely understand that accessories can easily be changed to suit taste, but flooring isn’t so easy. Opt for easy-to-clean, humidity-resistant materials like tile, cork or bamboo that will stand the test of time and serve as a blank canvas for a potential buyer.
- Ample Storage: Everyone likes to be organized, so help buyers envision living a clean and tidy lifestyle by installing efficient cabinets, drawers and vanities that can hide clutter and personal items. Built-in shelving can be an attractive move-in-ready perk that invites the buyer to simply unpack and immediately settle into their new home with ease.
Remember that adding overly personalized details – like that intricate purple tile mosaic you like – might not be in line with a future resident’s personal taste, and could potentially turn-off some buyers. Starting with modern, high-quality features will go a long way in the resale value of your home. A bathroom remodel can be a solid investment – both for the future, and for your current personal enjoyment in your home.