Seller Tips: Get the Most Resale Value Out of Your Bathroom

According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2013 Cost vs. Value Report, the average bathroom remodel (costing around $15,000) recoups 65.2 percent of the cost when the house is sold. For Warner Robins GA sellers with older homes, this can make a big difference in the caliber of buyers that your home attracts.

What Features Do Buyers Want?

When remodeling the bathroom, make the most of the space you have, rather than wasting square footage on details like a large Japanese soaking tub or a bidet. These features may be essential to you, but most buyers don’t have the time or desire to use them. According to HGTV, Steve Straughan, an architect at KAA Design Group, a Los Angeles-based firm, advises his clients to skip adding a bathtub in favor of a larger walk-in shower if there isn’t room for both. If you have enough money in your budget, Straughan notes that floor-to-ceiling steam showers are very popular with buyers. Double sinks are also something worth adding during your bathroom remodel. LaNita Cates, a Chicago-based realtor, notes that double sinks are a major selling point in her area.

What Can I Do on a Small Budget?

If a full bathroom remodel isn’t in your budget, there is still plenty that you can do to make your bathroom more appealing to potential homebuyers. Look around for small projects that can be completed. Does the grout around the shower or floor tile look lumpy and stained? Spend a few hours next weekend and replace it. If your shower and sink fixtures look dingy even after being cleaned, replace those as well. Add a brand-new toilet seat; no one wants to use one that looks like it’s been there for decades. If your window treatments are dusty and dated, replace them with a new roller shade, which will allow in the most light when not in use.

Are the walls painted a dark color? In a recent video from AOL on Home, New York real estate expert, Barbara Corcoran, advises sellers with dark walls to repaint them white or another bright neutral to make the bathroom look light and sunny. Corcoran also recommends changing all light bulbs, as most bathrooms have bulbs with insufficient wattage.

Is It Worth Adding a Second Bath Before Selling Your Home?

If your home currently only has one bathroom, then yes, it is worth it. But even if you already have more than one bathroom, it could pay off to add another if there’s a need for it. According to a study for the National Association of Realtors, researchers found that each full bathroom in a home adds an average of 24 percent to the selling price.

Staging Tips

Once all of the updates have been completed and you’ve listed your home, take the time to carefully stage the bathrooms. The goal of doing this is to neutralize the bathroom and show potential buyers a blank slate that they can make their own. To do so, remove or pack away all personal items, such as your toothbrush, shampoo, makeup and bathrobe. Clear out the medicine cabinet, leaving only a few necessary essentials. Replace the shower curtain, rug and towels with new items in coordinating neutrals with an occasional pop of color to add interest.

As always,  information is provided as a courtesy by Anita Clark, your Warner Robins Real Estate Specialist, (478) 960-8055.

Seller Tips: Get the Most Resale Value Out of Your Bathroom


About Anita Clark Realtor

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Anita is a residential Real Estate Agent in Warner Robins Georgia, with Coldwell Banker SSK Realtors (478) 953-8595, aiding buyers and sellers with all their real estate questions on her Warner Robins blog.