Renovating a bathroom is not an easy undertaking but the added value and aesthetic appeal it can bring to your home may be worth the challenge. Investing in strategic updates on key fixtures could lead to a big return and you don’t have to spend a fortune. Check out these tips on basic renovations that will help make your home a hot commodity:
1. Paint, paint, paint!
A new coat of paint in your bathroom, or any room, is an inexpensive update that can be done for less than $200 for a DIY project and less than $750 with a professional. Calm, neutral shades are great for giving your bathroom a peaceful spa-like vibe.
2. Shine some light on lighting.
Installing a great lighting fixture not only adds aesthetic value to your bathroom, but also offers practical benefits. Lighting that is dull or overly florescent can change the entire look of an otherwise great bathroom. A simple upgrade, or a more luxurious installation, can make all the difference in the value of the room.
3. You can never have too much storage.
Besides closets, bathrooms are usually the smallest room in your home so creating space saving storage can make the room more functional. Try utilizing unused space between wall studs to create small nooks that hold soaps, towels or other toiletries. Don’t forget, a well-placed hook for hanging wet towels and/or bathrobes goes a long way in increasing functionality.
4. Nothing wrong with a little luxury.
Who says luxury additions can’t be practical? For anyone who hates cold bathroom floors in the mornings, heated floor tiling is a desirable upgrade. Also, although this can get pretty pricey, why not splurge on a steamer/sauna installed in your shower and bring the spa to you!
5. And the big ticket upgrade goes to… exhaust fans?
Yes, you read that right! The number one item people want to see in their bathrooms is an exhaust fan. These inexpensive add-ons can increase the value exponentially. Who would have thought? According to a report done by the National Association of Home Builders, 90% of those surveyed ranked exhaust fans as the number one feature homebuyers look for in a bathroom.
So there you have it folks. Implementing these 5 renovations could add value for you and your family, as well as future buyers. Most of these tasks won’t break the bank, especially for those that are particularly handy and ready to take on DIY projects. Just remember, your bathroom is your sanctuary and should be a place of soothing and calm. Less really is more, and although you can and should have fun with your renovation projects, try not to get carried away with too many bells and whistles that could jeopardize resale value.