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Bathroom Improvements to Draw in Buyers

By Alicia Murphy | August 15, 2012

For many homeowners, keeping their home in tip-top shape is a task that requires constant attention. Over the years the features that were once so en-vogue in your home become outdated and unattractive, not only to you and your family but also to potential buyers. One room where a little updating can go a long way is your bathroom.

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Making The Master Masterful

The master suite isn’t really sweet without an en-suite. In particularly for those who own an older home many master bedrooms weren’t originally designed with a bathroom, and those that were often got a measly half bath. For today’s homebuyer in many markets a half bath can be considered sufficient while in other markets this simply wouldn’t do.

Before making costly changes check with a local REALTOR® to see what master bathroom features are trending in your area. You can also use our bathroom cost calculator to help with your bathroom renovations budget. If it is customary for homes in your area to have an en-suite you may want to consider adding one if your home is lacking that feature as this can be a huge turnoff for buyers. Fortunately bathroom improvements often carry a good rate of return so you'll not only increase your home's appeal to buyers but also increase your value.

Small Changes with BIG Impact

Many bathrooms suffer from dating in two key ways: wallpaper and old fixtures. If your bathroom suffers from wallpaper circa 1992 coupled with some nice gold fixtures chances are that it won't be a top selling feature with buyers. By simply stripping the wallpaper and repainting the walls in a more neutral color you'll move mountains. Fixtures such as drawer/cabinet pulls, towel rods, water faucets and lighting implements can be purchased for just a few hundred dollars. Adding some storage to a smaller bathroom is also a great way to maximize the space and buyer appeal.

Just remember that bathrooms are an important room to homebuyers. Updating or increasing this space with the help of expert shower remodelers not only increases your home's value, it also gives it an edge on competing properties on the market.

Alicia Murphy is a licensed real estate agent. My freelance writing career began simultaneously with my Real Estate career in 2010.As a Realtor I’ve worked primarily with buyers in finding themtheir dream home and have experience in foreclosure sales, but I've also represented sellers in marketing and selling their homes. As we await the bolstering return of the Real Estate market I will continue to adapt to ever-changing conditions and continue to provide first-rate service to my clients.
  • 2 comments on “Bathroom Improvements to Draw in Buyers”

    1. Good tips! I've seen plenty of homes where an owner has spent loads of money on improvements that don't fit into the neighborhood. It usually cost them way more than they were able to raise the sale price of the house.

      1. Thanks for reading and commenting! I couldn't agree more, over-improving is a common and completely avoidable mistake that many homeowners make and unfortunately pay dearly for. Not to say that a homeowner shouldn't improve their home in ways that suite them and their needs, but it pays to be realistic about your expectations where return is concerned. A quick glance at available listings or recently sold property in your area or call to a Realtor can spare you the headache and financial burden of this common error.

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