One of the best ways to add value to your home is by remodeling a bathroom.
But one of the most important things to know when remodeling a bathroom is that it’s best to DIY some of the easier projects and leave the more difficult projects to the professionals.
Here are a few more surprising things to know when remodeling a bathroom…
You may not get all of your money back from a bathroom remodel
According to 2021 data from Cost VS Value, a midrange bathroom remodel could cost around $24,000.
A house with a new remodeled bathroom could sell for around 5% more than a comparable house with an outdated bathroom.
If you spend too much on expensive upgrades, you may not get the return you’re wanting.
Labor could be a third of the whole cost of a bathroom remodel.
One of the most expensive parts of a bathroom remodel is the cost of labor
Labor could be a third of the cost of remodeling a bathroom! You can save money by doing some of the work yourself: demo, painting, or installing new flooring.
Just save the harder work (plumbing, new shower installation, etc) for the professionals.
Ventilation is super important
It could be easy to overlook this. But a bathroom fan isn’t just nice for airflow.
A bathroom should have good ventilation to reduce humidity that could cause mildew.
It’s pretty easy to install a bathroom fan, so if you know how to install a lighting fixture you could probably do this yourself to save some money.
White is the most popular bathroom color for home buyers
White rooms never go out of style. A white bathroom feels fresh, bright, and clean – all things prospective buyers want when they’re looking for a home.
That’s why we painted our bathroom White Dove by Benjamin Moore. It’s a pretty, warm white that really brightened up our small bathroom.
Bathroom storage & luxury are most important
The most wanted bathroom upgrades for home buyers are:
- Linen closet
- New floor and shower tile
- Separate shower & tub
- Double vanity sinks in primary bathroom
- Heated floors
If you remodeled a bathroom to have all of those things, it’d be a pretty amazing bathroom but also pretty expensive.
So, pick just 1 or 2 of those luxury upgrades to save money and increase your home’s value.
Everything takes longer to remodel than you planned for
One of the things we’ve learned when we tried a 1 week bathroom renovation is that everything takes longer than you thought it would.
So if you’re going to remodel your bathroom, take whatever time you’re thinking it will take to complete, and double it!