Remodeling a Bathroom to Increase Home Value

By James J. Mahoney

If you are planning to sell your house in the near future, you might want to consider doing some upgrades in its looks in order to increase its value. You should to check the entire house for worn-out appliances, malfunctioning lights and switches, old pipes and frayed wires, creaking floors, etc. that will affect the overall value of the property. Adding new fixtures and replacing old ones can considerably increase the resale value of your house, but the surer way to achieve this is to focus on the part where relaxation and vanity lies… the bathroom.

Bathrooms can play an important role in augmenting the value of a house, but there are inherent factors that affect whether this is a wise investment: remodeling expenses, the value of similar houses in the neighborhood, renovation quality, market conditions, and house space and condition. Generally, the cost spent on renovation will add to the value of your home, if it does not exceed the neighborhood valuation for a comparable house. Of course, a poor quality bathroom remodeling that is poor in quality or workmanship offers a little chance for an increase.

Once you have decided that remodeling your bathroom is a good investment. You should consider your options and goals, are you looking to upgrading an old bathroom to a contemporary bathroom design or remodeling a smaller bathroom to make it seem larger and appealing. Do you need new bathroom fixtures or will a facelift with new bathroom ceramic tile, a new counter or bathroom vanity achieve what you think is needed. You may want to consult with a decorator or real estate staging professional to make sure your bathroom design ideas will address all the issues. But before installing new bathroom fixtures, you should see if the bathroom has enough floor space, you may need to create a new floor plan to accommodate some of the fixtures.

There are several bathroom design ideas that you can employ in the remodeling. First, choose the motif of the bathroom and stick to it; if you choose a modern, classic, rustic, or antique style, choose fixtures and accessories that will represent that style and create an overall unified look.

Lighting fixtures and accents should match the motif and be expensive-looking, not necessarily meaning they need to be really costly.

You can add a separate shower and tub, vanities, a dressing area, multiple sinks, a sauna, a Jacuzzi tub and new flooring depending on your bathroom remodeling budget.

Functionality and quality are the utmost considerations and they should guide your ideas on bathroom counter designs and selection of bathroom ceramic tile. Buy pieces from reputable shops to ensure that they are durable, and ensure that every fixture has a purpose, whether for comfort, style or illusion. Also, make sure that the project is finished from top to bottom and nothing is left undone. The project must also follow bathroom and renovation codes.

Taking on a complete bathroom remodeling project requires a lot of thinking and time. Magazines and websites are great source for design and decorating tips for your bathroom design ideas, and ask the help of an expert who knows how to deal with the entire project.

James Mahoney is the owner of two sites on home design, Bathroom Designers and Kitchen Designers He has written many articles on both bathroom and kitchen design. Learn about bathroom design ideas and trends by visiting his site at

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