When it comes to the resale value of your home, the master bathroom plays one of the most important roles. After attending to the nuts and bolts, you need to make sure your bathroom is up to code and has adequate plumbing. The most important aspects of the bathroom are the visuals, which includes tiles, fixtures and colors, says Cameron Snyder, former president of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). The appearance and convenience of the bath may make or break a sale, as new homeowners are typically looking for a home that does not require extensive work and is easy to maintain. Keep these things in mind as you remodel the master bathroom before you sell.
Nuts and Bolts
Making sure that everything in your bathroom is up to code and there are no code violations is an important part of preparing your home for resale. While you can do some of this yourself, your plumber can also evaluate your current bathroom and identify areas that need attention. Here are some of the things to look out for:
- Leaky Pipes or Fixtures: Repairing or replacing old or leaky plumbing now will avoid unpleasant surprises during the home inspection. Your plumber can evaluate and repair all your plumbing needs.
- Improper Venting: Bathroom vents that vent into an enclosed space, such as the attic, are a code violation and can lead to problems with mold and mildew. Check that your bathroom fan is properly vented to the outside.
- Not Enough Room Around Plumbing: Because space if often an issue in bathrooms, sometimes plumbing is crowded which can lead to problems with remodels or plumbing repairs. Have your plumber check your pipes and fixtures to make sure there is plenty of room if work needs to be done.
If your master bath is cramped and short on space, you may wish to consider expanding the size to accommodate the morning routine for a busy couple preparing for work. Installing double sinks so that both can attend to morning tasks at the same time and plenty of room for two people to move around is important.
Today’s young couples tend to prefer a large shower to a bathtub. If your master bath has a standard tub, converting it to a large shower may be a selling point for your home. According to Angie’s List, you can expect to recoup about 84 percent of your investment with this simple upgrade. Depending on what is popular in your neighborhood and the selling price of your home, you may want to include specialty shower heads, and forgo grouted tiles in the shower or on the floor. Today’s millennials are looking for ease of care and prefer clean, easy-to-maintain surfaces. Heated floor tiles may also give your home an added boost in resale value, as it adds a subtle touch of luxury.
Clean, crisp colors in neutral shades offer the best bang for your buck as a homeowner, as they can be accessorized with towels, shades, artwork or other personal items without changing the color of the walls or floors. Likewise, bathroom fixtures should work well with any décor and provide both style and function.
While the condition of your master bathroom can have a significant impact on the resale of your home, don’t think you need to go top of the line with everything. Stick with what is common in your neighborhood (or go a slight step above) because that is the comparison prospective buyers will be focusing on. If you have concerns or need help in deciding on your bathroom remodel, contact us at John Baethke & Son Plumbing today and we can help you get your home ready for resale and make sure everything is in working order.