You’ve probably heard that bathroom remodeling and kitchen remodeling are the home improvements that are most likely to add value to your home. Therefore, it is important that you plan any such renovation with an eye to your home’s future value.
Pretend you are interested in buying a house. (You might even decide to check out the competition at area open houses—seeing other people’s bathroom remodeling can be inspirational.) Think like a buyer when you are planning your remodel, because bathrooms and kitchens can’t easily be changed without investing a lot of money in them. It’s important to make sure that you’ll be able to recoup as much of that money as possible when you eventually sell your house, so plan ahead and choose materials that will have a broad appeal.
Looking at other real-life examples might give you ideas you never thought of. Décor can sell a home as much as square footage can. These days, many people decide to include whirlpool tubs with massage jets when planning a bathroom remodel. The “wow” factor for a potential buyer shouldn’t be underestimated. Similarly, radiant heat floors or heated towel racks can also tip buyers over the edge, moving your house to the top of the list and making it more likely that you’ll get your asking price.
Consider the overall feeling of the space in your bathroom when planning a remodel. You probably already have some factors to work with. If you have limited space, you should innovate when it comes to storage. If you have a skylight, emphasize your bathroom’s light-filled airiness, and choose peaceful colors accordingly. Perhaps your bathroom already has a great luxurious feature, such as an antique marble countertop or clawfoot tub. These are features that you can emphasize in your other décor elements. If your bathroom has old fashioned features, you can still get modern faucets with antique grace that will add to your bathroom’s charm and functionality.
You should also consider the formality level of your bathroom when planning a bathroom remodel. Will your bathroom be a formal, luxurious space where you’ll take lots of decadent bubble baths? Or will it be a place that gets lots of traffic from all family members, necessitating more practical choices? Either way, your bathroom can be highly attractive to potential buyers, as long as you plan well.
Hiring an architect or interior decorator, along with professional contractors, is the surest way to a great bath remodel, but if you are handy and want to consider doing it yourself, be sure to read lots of books and articles on the topic, and plan carefully—remember, every decision goes hand in hand with several other decisions. (The most important advice, of course, is to hire specialty contractors like plumbers and electricians even if you go the DIY route—unless you’d like a pipe gushing water all over your brand new floor.) Even if you think you have a plan, set it aside for a week or so and look at it with fresh eyes. You might see something you missed the first time.