By Carmen Dexter
Whether you want to sell or just freshen up your home, a bathroom remodel is one of your best moves.
Financially, it makes sense. A bathroom remodel yields a return on investment (ROI) of nearly 60%.
Emotionally, it also makes sense. Turning an old bathroom into an updated, spa-like space increases your pride in your home and creates a relaxing atmosphere. Here are some of the biggest benefits of overhauling the bathroom.
ROI determines what percentage of your investment you’ll recoup upon selling. Of course, investment returns are never guaranteed but, on average, a mid-range bathroom remodel of $24,000 has an ROI of about 67%. It’s one of the best investments you can make, and a full reno isn’t even necessary to reap the benefits.
For instance, if your tile is old, cracked, or stained, or the grout simply doesn’t improve with a good scrubbing, a new floor may be your best bet. The cost of a new floor will depend on the size of the bathroom and which material you use. Porcelain or ceramic tile is popular with potential buyers and creates a waterproof, lasting floor.
Refinishing the tub is another improvement with a good return on your investment. A bathtub can be sanded down and recoated with a new finish. This covers stains and scratches and even lets you choose a new color. Refinishing the tub is an inexpensive way to update your bathroom’s look.
Many of us use our bathroom to de-stress. The more calming and spa-like, the better. If you have the space, install a separate tub and shower. This allows a larger bathtub, making it easier to sink down in and really soak!
If a hot shower is more your style, opt for a rainfall shower head, body sprays, and jets. And update the tile and floor with blue, white, or green tiles –– colors proven to calm the mind. Adding a pebble shower floor mimics a soothing walk on the beach.
If you have room to do it, increase the size of the bathroom by adding square footage. This adds value to your home and provides comfort for your family.
Bathrooms are often shared by more than one person –– sometimes at the same time. Being able to fit two or more family members in to brush teeth or bathe babies keeps morning and evening routines less stressful when one person doesn’t have to wait their turn.
If you don’t have space to expand your current bathroom, add a double vanity. This increases the value of our home, as many buyers are looking for a double vanity. It also provides more storage space, counter space, and room for multitasking.
If you simply don’t have room to add anything, there are things you can do to make your bathroom appear larger, including painting the room white, pastel blue, or gray. Using full-size mirrors will also do the trick.
Helps the Environment
If you’re in an older home, a bathroom remodel should also mean a good, long look at the plumbing. Replacing it can save you money, increase your home’s value, and contribute to water conservation.
Until the 1980s, lead was used in pipes. We now know lead is a toxic substance and should be removed from your home. Replacing these pipes with updated materials prevents lead from contaminating the water they carry and the soil surrounding them.
Reducing water usage is another benefit of a bathroom remodel if you replace toilets and faucets with new low-flow fixtures. Traditional toilets use about 6 gallons of water per flush. Newer low-flow units use just 1.28 gallons. You’ll save money and conserve nearly 13,000 gallons of water per year.
Replacing older faucets and aerators also saves money and water. Look for products with the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense label. This lets you know you’re choosing fixtures that meet the EPA’s criteria for efficiency and performance.
When changing your home’s plumbing, it’s best to get expert help with installation to take full advantage of the conservation features. Kevin Szabo Jr. can help you with all your plumbing needs.
Carmen Dexter is a journalist and teacher living in Texas. Her favorite activities include concerts, football games, and, of course, writing! On any given evening, you’ll find Carmen playing with her dogs, Rizzo and Rocky.