There's no denying that a luxurious bathroom is a welcome oasis at the beginning and end of the day. Stone counter tops, elegant fixtures, and heated flooring all help to make your bathroom a desirable place. However, adding these features can be expensive. While updated bathrooms are among the prime things that home buyers focus on when determining whether to invest in a particular home or not, there are ways to achieve the same effect without spending a fortune. Keep in mind that some bathroom remodeling options return more money than others.
Bathroom remodels that pay when you sell your home
According to HGTV, the average bathroom remodel costs $10,500 and will return that, and a little more, when you sell your home. However, adding the following features to your remodel will help to ensure that you'll recoup your remodeling dollars when it comes time to move.
1. Stone counter tops: Natural stone counter tops, like granite or quartz, are a big plus to buyers. Since the bathroom counter is generally small, especially when compared to a kitchen counter, you can get this desirable look without having to spend a fortune.
2. Fixtures: Fixtures, such as your sink faucet and your shower head, can look dated quickly, and are relatively inexpensive to replace. Opt for popular finishes, like brushed copper or nickel, for maximum resale value. You can also give your cabinets an inexpensive revamping by switching out the drawer pulls, cabinet knobs, and hinges. New cabinet hardware is inexpensive and can make your older cabinets look new again.
3. New grout: Re-grouting the lines between the tile in your bathroom can make it look as if you laid new tile (one of the most expensive components of any bathroom remodel). While colored grout can be appealing from a design point of view, it doesn't age particularly well. It is better to go with traditional white grout.
4. New tub: A dingy, stained, or cracked bathtub can mar an otherwise beautiful bathroom remodeling project. While a new tub can be expensive, you can get nearly the same effect for a fraction of the cost by refinishing your own porcelain or cast iron tub or having your fiberglass tub professionally relined.
While it's a rare bathroom remodel that will return all of what you spend when it comes time to sell your home, focusing on stone counter tops, fixtures and cabinet hardware, new grout, and replacing or refinishing your old tub will increase your chances of recouping all of the money you spend.