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How Much Value Can a Bathroom Remodel Add to a Home?


The bathroom is one of the most popular places for a homeowner to remodel. Not only does a new bathroom add enjoyment, but it also increases property value—but do you know by how much? 

Before you decide to invest in a costly transformation, you may wonder what exactly you have to gain. With that in mind, here’s a look at how home value can increase by renovating the bathroom. If you’re on the fence about whether or not to spring for updates, here’s what you’ll want to know.

Tip 1: Renovation Costs Vary a Great Deal  

There’s a big difference between a bathroom upgrade that costs $6,000 and one that costs $60,000, but that’s the kind of range you can expect when you start looking at bathroom remodeling projects. You can spend less than this, say, if you replace some fixtures yourself, or you can spend more, such as when you’re hiring a team to gut the entire bathroom and/or reconfiguring plumbing/electric. The amount you spend and level of changes you make will obviously affect how much of a value boost your bathroom can give.

Tip 2: Not All Renovations Offer the Same ROI

While renovations make a home more attractive to buyers and help it command a higher selling price, that doesn’t mean all updates are created equal. Going super trendy, for example, can actually make a bathroom dated (and harder to sell) once the trend passes. Similarly, choosing bold and flashy colors often makes it hard for buyers to imagine themselves in your space, so it turns them away instead of making them want to spend more. The bottom line is, if you’re hoping for a remodel with long-term sales appeal, focus on renovations that will pay off down the road. 

Tip 3: You’ll Get the Most Return by Knowing Where to Focus

Typically, the upgrades that buyers want most are the ones that make the space more usable and more luxurious. Additional storage space meets a need, for example, as does swapping a single-sink vanity with double sinks. You might install new tile, upgrade to brighter and more natural lighting or install an updated cabinet/vanity. Likewise, spa-style features remain in demand for their luxury factor, so consider adding a Jacuzzi tub, steam shower or heated floors. 

Tip 4: Adding a Bathroom Is Usually Profitable

If it’s feasible to add a new bathroom to your floor plan, this is an upgrade with major ROI potential. Because the typical buyer today wants a master bath, a full bath for the household and a half bath for guests, upgrading your layout to accommodate this can even attract more buyer to your property. That said, putting in a new bathroom is a major project and can be expensive. Your best bet is to talk to several contractors who can give you a good idea of expected costs, as well as compare local home sales prices for properties with the number of baths you’re looking to have. This enables you estimate how much you’ll need to spend and how much you can expect to gain.

Tip 5: Statistics Show You’ll Get Most of Your Renovation Money Back When You Sell

Whatever renovations you take on, the good news is that they typically pay off at sales time. According to Remodeling magazine’s 2019 Cost Vs. Value Report, midrange bathroom renovations recoup 67.2% of their costs, and upscale renovations recoup 60.2%. In other words, you can reasonably expect to get more than half of what you spent back in a higher selling price for your home. 

In conclusion, if you’re thinking about updating a bathroom in your home, it’s a worthwhile endeavor. You have good reason to think you’ll increase your home’s value by at least half of what you spend on the project. To get the most bang for your buck, make renovation choices that will appeal to the greatest number of buyers and hold their appeal long-term. Then, move forward confidently to create your dream space. 

AUTHOR BIO: Erica Garland is Content Marketing Manager at Modern Bathroom and has 15-plus years of experience in the bathroom renovation industry. Modern Bathroom sells a variety of products you would need for any bathroom renovation project. With such a large selection of vanities, faucets, sinks, toilets and showers, Modern Bathroom is sure to have the perfect piece to give your bathroom an updated look.

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