Home improvement can be both entertaining and very frustrating at the same time. After all that aggravation, the last thing you need is to find out that the improvement you chose actually didn’t add much value to your home, or worse, spent too much money. If you made the improvement strictly for yourself, that’s one thing. But if you are looking for a return investment, that’s another issue all together. There are many bathroom additions available to you, but only some actually add value to your home.
There are several rules of thought for figuring out if your remodeling efforts are worth it. According to Consumer Reports, there are several remodeling efforts which can actually add value to your home. Home advisor suggests you can add between 47% — 67% of your investment to your home value depending on where you live.
Choose The Right Paint Colors
Paint is always a great booster to a home’s resale value. For most modest sized bathrooms, you won’t need more than two buckets which can cost anywhere from $25 for average quality paint to upwards of $100 for extremely high quality paint. It can also depend on what name brand you use. Behr, Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams are some high quality, budget worthy brands to start out with. Avoid True Value paints at all costs.
If you are planning on selling your home soon, choose neutral color schemes. Just because you like red and yellow walls doesn’t mean that a potential buyer will. Buyers will want colors that match their tastes, or at least colors which will be easy to paint over. Some potential buyers are looking for homes which are already improved for them and want something that is either low maintenance or will last awhile before they have to worry about fixing it.
You should also keep an eye out for the right paint features too, depending on the room. Some paints or stains offer protection against temperature changes and moisture while others don’t. Bathrooms and Kitchens have one thing in common: lots and lots of moisture. The wrong paint can quickly peel if exposed to constant moisture and water and will require a new paint job within a few years, while the right ones can last upwards of 10 years, 20 years with proper maintenance. Therefore, choose paints or stains which are resistant to temperature changes, water-resistant and heat-resistant.
The average toilet found in houses are comfortable for the average person under the age of 50. However, for those who have hip and knee problems, comfort-height toilets would be a great selling point. Comfort-height toilets are slightly taller than the average toilet, which makes it easier to get on and off since it requires less joint movement. A lot of comfort-height toilets are top flushers, which makes it even easier since your potential buyer won’t have to bend quite as low to flush it.
When your joints ache when you move, you don’t want to bend them as much as possible. Walk-in showers are a great improvement for those with joint issues. They can also be modified to be wheelchair accessible. Curbless showers can be cut directly into the bathroom walls, making them appear to be sleek and seamless. They also offer many other design capabilities than your standard bathtub. If your legs are bothering you, you can install a seat or have one built in.
Wooden floors are easier to clean up messes. Why not make your bathroom easy to clean up? Hardwood floors are much easier to clean than carpets and won’t retain as much water or moisture build up as a carpet. You can also get engineered wood floors. Instead of solid wooden boards, are actually built with plywood which has veneer glued on top. It lasts longer than solid wood, has the same look and it usually costs less. This is great for those who are working on a budget or for those who are planning on selling their homes.
LED lights are proven to help reduce your energy bill because they take up much less energy than the classic light bulb. Not only do they require less energy, they also produce the same brightness as normal bulbs. Keep your lights on longer while still having a low electrical bill by switching your old bulbs to modern LEDs.
Get An High-Efficiency Window
High-efficency windows are becoming a great feature for homeowners. Newer models have 2 or more panes (glass sheets) which helps trap heat or cool temperatures more efficiency than the traditional single pane. This in turn helps lower the heating & electric bills by reducing the amount of heat which leaks from your windows. Not only do you help you lower your bills by getting one of these windows, you also help reduce your overall carbon footprint.
Quartz countertops are quickly becoming the top replacement choice, right up there with stainless steel. While traditionally chosen for kitchens, Quarts countertops could also add significant value to your bathroom remodeling as well. These countertops are constructed out of resins, pigments, and stone chips. It is heat and scratch resistant. These counter tops are easier to clean, which is a necessity for environments which have constant temperature changes and have high humidity.
Having the right HVAC system can play a key role in removing excess moisture from your bathroom and helps make sure it has proper ventilation to prevent it from smelling like sulfur. Air vents/ducts ensure that proper air ventilation reaches your bathroom so it can properly remove smells and excess moisture/humidity. This can help not only control the smells in your bathroom, but help prevent the rapid growth of mold and other harmful infestations.
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