Top 2 Reasons to Remodel Your Bathroom

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As I write this, Michigan is on its second month of lockdown. Those of us who are old enough to remember this time will talk about the coronavirus pandemic for many years to come.

We will not forget what happened in the world. We will also remember what we did during enforced isolation.

Many people have talked about using this time to make a change in their lives. While remodeling your bathroom isn’t the same as forming better health habits, I’m willing to bet you’re noticing your bathroom if it’s old, broken, dirty, or space you don’t like very much.

Maybe some of you have started trying to DIY a bathroom remodel.

Add Value With a New Bathroom

Bathroom remodels will always add value to your home, pure and simple.

Whether it’s only a simple cosmetic update to a bathroom that functions perfectly, or a deep clean and functional upgrade to an otherwise beautiful vintage bathroom, it goes a long way toward making the whole house feel new.

You and your family will appreciate it, and so will potential buyers.

Primary Reasons Why People Remodel Their Bathroom

There are two primary reasons people choose to update their bathrooms: for themselves or to sell their homes more quickly or for more money.

Renovating for Yourself

Maybe you have purchased a house with an old bathroom, intending to fix it up.

Now is your moment.

You are planning to stay in the house long-term, so this bathroom renovation is for you. This is when homeowners make their bathrooms their own with features like soaking tubs, rainfall showerheads, glass enclosures, heated tile floors, and more.

The value you add is more about the upgrade to your lifestyle. No more ice-cold tile floors on winter mornings. No more cramped and dirty shower.

The best way to use this renovation opportunity for any purpose is to make sure you prioritize needed repairs.

Fix any ventilation or plumbing issues that could cause leaks or moisture build-up that ruins cabinetry and wall finishes.

Even if you can’t afford to do much more than the basics, a bathroom renovation could give you 50-60% back from your investment.

According to Remodeling’s 2020 Cost vs. Value report, the national average for cost recoup are:

  • Midrange: 64.0%
  • Upscale: 56.6%

Renovating to Sell

If you are planning your renovation primarily as a way to sell your house – down the road or more immediately – you may have other considerations.

Typically, if you’re flipping a home, you aren’t going to put the money into high-end fixtures and finishes unless the rest of the house is high-end.

To attract buyers, however, choose one item that attracts interest, but make the rest of the finishes durable rather than high-end.

Another way to attract buyers and make your house stand out in a crowd is by adding a bathroom.

A second bathroom is especially important to buyers when your home, and others in the neighborhood, only have one.

Bringing it Home

The two significant reasons for remodeling your bathroom are:

  1. For yourself
  2. To sell your house.

For either job, make sure to focus first on needed repairs and foundational issues like plumbing and ventilation. That way, when it’s time to decide on finishes and fixtures, you can be sure that what you choose is going to last.

If you live in Southeast Michigan and would like help with your bathroom, please give us a call. We would be happy to discuss your vision for your new bathroom!

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