Tips on bathroom renovation with budget in mind

By
Real Estate Agent with CENTURY 21 Professional Group, Inc.

Whether you are planning to keep or sell your home, a mid-range bathroom remodel is a solid investment. Experts say an average bathroom remodeling will cost you about $16 thousand this year (with about 20 percent of that being labor cost) and recover about 70% of those costs when it’s time to sell your home. Statistics suggest your bathroom is the second most important part of your home (kitchen being the first) to which prospective buyers pay a great deal of attention. Homes with attractive bathrooms will sell faster and at better terms for the seller. But, if nothing else, how refreshing would it be to wake up and begin your daily routine enjoying your very own, newly remodeled bathroom? Other property owners, just like you, are living that very dream right now! According to the 2015 Remodeling Impact Report from the National Association of Realtors®, on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the highest), homeowners gave their bathroom remodeling a Joy Score of 9.3! So roll your sleeves up and get to work with the following tips on bathroom renovation with budget in mind!

 

Have a plan and stick to it!

 

Before picking up the biggest hammer in your garage and bashing your long-hated bathroom to bits, think hard about what you want in your bathroom and how much you are willing to spend on fixtures and materials. Work stoppages and alterations can be costly. It is recommended that you spend up to 6 months on self-planning or hire a professional designer (paid about $200/hour with an average of 10 to 30 hours of work).

 

Keep the same footprint!

 

If you plan to replace an outdated Jacuzzi tub for a more popular deep tub, install your new tub into the same indent of your previous one instead of moving it into a different area of your bathroom – doing so will save you in plumbing and other related costs.

 

Focus on the visuals – Nice tile, nice colors, nice fixtures.

 

  •          Consider non-slip ceramic tile and epoxy grout that is less prone to cracking and resists staining and discoloration over time.
  •          Use natural colors for permanent fixtures and surfaces! They are safe in terms of resale value. You can add your personality through usage of color in towels, window treatments, rugs, shower curtains, and wall décor. When it’s time to sell, these can be easily removed.
  •          Don't spend a lot on the high-end utilities – most people can't tell the difference.  Instead, refresh the look of cabinets by replacing hardware rather than tearing out the entire structure. Update towel bars, hooks, toothbrush and toilet paper holders, and cabinet hardware. Add matching shelves for your towels and toiletries.
  •          Choose lighting over other amenities that cost more! A well-lit bathroom will make you look and feel great every day as well as set your bathroom aside from competitors when you are ready to sell your home. Pay attention to the lumens of your light bulbs and consider having two ceiling or soffit-mounted fixtures and side fixtures or scones distributed vertically across 24 inches.

 

Use space wisely and pay attention to storage and utility!

 

If you need more storage, replace a mirror with a deep medicine cabinet. Use the upper wall space in your bathroom (space over toilet tanks, etc.) for additional storage. Buyers love lots of storage space! Adding a slide-out tray to vanity cabinet compartments provides full access to stored items and prevents lesser-used items from being lost or forgotten.

 

Keep the air clean!

 

Moisture in the air can contribute to foggy mirrors, slippery bathroom floors, and – more importantly – the growth of mildew and mold. Bathroom ventilation systems are excellent for removing that excess humidity and preventing these issues. Consider having humidity controlled switches that activate when its sensor detects increased moisture.

 

Save on labor by doing some work yourself!

 

Be sure to discuss this with your contactor upfront to avoid possible misunderstandings.

 

Comments (23)

Kevin Morris
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodrick Realty - Danville, PA
Real Estate agent serving danville and surrounding

Welcome to Active Rain Maria. My wife and I are in the process of doing some bathroom remodeling.  The tips and pointers will be most useful. 

Apr 02, 2016 11:25 AM
Maria Kaftanovskaya

Thank you Kevin! I'm glad you found it useful!

Apr 02, 2016 12:23 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

WOW, such a detailed post for your first Maria Kaftanovskaya , congratulations and welcome to the Rain.

Apr 02, 2016 11:40 AM
Maria Kaftanovskaya

Thank you Bob!

Apr 02, 2016 12:23 PM
Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

"keep the same footprint" is one of the best ways i know to save money on bathroom renos, anytime you deviate from it you will pay more and more and more to get it done.

Apr 02, 2016 11:47 AM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Welcome to ActiveRain and I wish you the very best of luck. Wonderful first post with nice visuals. Don't hesitate to ask if you have questions.

Apr 02, 2016 12:57 PM
Maria Kaftanovskaya
Thank you!☺
Apr 02, 2016 01:00 PM
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Wonderful tips, an updated bathroom will help sell your home.

Apr 02, 2016 08:55 PM
Maria Kaftanovskaya

Thank you!

Apr 06, 2016 04:47 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Welcome to active rain. Thank you for the tips.

Apr 02, 2016 09:27 PM
Maria Kaftanovskaya

Thank you! You are welcome!

Apr 06, 2016 04:48 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Maria, very nice professional brochure on bathroom projects, and sure your clients loved your tips!   GREAT first post, and looking forward to more!   Welcome to ActiveRain.  

Apr 02, 2016 11:18 PM
Maria Kaftanovskaya

Thank you!

Apr 06, 2016 04:48 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Welcome to Active Rain!  As REALTORS® who have been here for more than 9 years, it's well worth it!

 

Apr 02, 2016 11:33 PM
Maria Kaftanovskaya

Thank you!

Apr 06, 2016 04:49 AM
IRMA Beltran
Century 21 M & M and Associates-Turlock homes Real Estate - Turlock, CA
Your Real Estate Agent 4 Life Always there 4 You!

Welcome to Active Rain! Great tips, thank you for sharing.

Have a Wonderful Blessed Day!!!

Apr 03, 2016 05:06 AM
Maria Kaftanovskaya

Thank you! You too!

Apr 06, 2016 04:49 AM
Michele Connors
The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County - Greenville, NC
Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor

Congrats on getting your blog off and running ! Welome to Active Rain !

Apr 03, 2016 06:47 AM
Maria Kaftanovskaya

Thank you!

Apr 06, 2016 04:49 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Maria,
Thanks for the post, and...

Welcome to the world of Active Rain blogging.  It is an extremely valuable platform to connect with other agents and potential clients.  I recommend you check out the "Resources" section and click on "Getting Started".

Apr 03, 2016 10:03 AM
Maria Kaftanovskaya

Thank you!

Apr 06, 2016 04:50 AM
Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

Welcome to Activerain.  There is a lot to read and learn here and a great community of people to interact with.  Feel free to add or follow me and lets connect.

Apr 03, 2016 02:31 PM
Maria Kaftanovskaya

Thank you!

Apr 06, 2016 04:51 AM
Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

Also congratulations on getting your first blog post published here.  The comment section is a great place to meet the members who are active and to interact with them.

Apr 03, 2016 02:32 PM
Maria Kaftanovskaya

Thanks!

Apr 06, 2016 04:51 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Welcome to ActiveRain! These are good tips for updating bathrooms. I'm starting to plan some updates myself!

 

Apr 03, 2016 08:59 PM
Maria Kaftanovskaya

Thank you!

Apr 06, 2016 04:51 AM
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com

Bathroom renovations are a hassle whether you're doing them yourself or if you hire a professional but if a proper plan is in place you'll alleviate at least some of the headaches. Welcome to Active Rain!

Apr 04, 2016 01:17 AM
Maria Kaftanovskaya

Thank you!

Apr 06, 2016 04:52 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

What a great first blog by you, welcome to the rain, we look foward for more great blogs from you!

Apr 04, 2016 02:33 AM
Maria Kaftanovskaya

Thank you!

Apr 06, 2016 04:52 AM
Sharon Kowitz
CRS-SRES-ABR-GRI-E-Pro-CREN Fonville Morisey Cary, NC - Cary, NC
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

Welcome to Active Rain and congratulations on your first post. This is great information, thank you for sharing!

Apr 04, 2016 02:41 PM
Maria Kaftanovskaya

Thank you! You are welcome!

Apr 06, 2016 04:52 AM
Mery Fernandez Empire Network Realty Luxury Brokerage
Empire Network Realty INC. - Orlando, FL
The Rise of An Empire, Let's Build Yours!

Hi Maria! Welcome to the world of Activerain, may your blogging  create a whole new chapter in your Real Estate Career.

Apr 05, 2016 12:41 AM
Maria Kaftanovskaya

Hi Mery! Thank you!

Apr 06, 2016 04:53 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks for sharing the advice Maria, a project that we are planning to start in our home soon.

Apr 05, 2016 04:30 PM
Maria Kaftanovskaya

You are welcome!

Apr 06, 2016 04:53 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Welcome to Active Rain, looking forward to reading many more of your posts, let me know if there is anything that I can do to help as you get started here.
Bob

Apr 05, 2016 04:30 PM
Maria Kaftanovskaya

Sure! Thanks!

Apr 06, 2016 04:54 AM

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