Second to a kitchen remodel, a bathroom remodel the greatest home improvement you can make regarding return on investment (ROI). Though the ROI on a bathroom remodel varies from year to year, the average return is 60 percent. (Some years it can climb to 85 percent, depending on market trends.)
As you might expect, your budget will determine the scope of your project. If money is tight, you might focus on paint. Light, neutral colors make a small bathroom feel bigger. And if everything else is in good shape, a little new paint may be all you need. If you’ve got a bigger budget, however, you may want to consider a few remodeling upgrades.
The first question you should ask yourself before undertaking any bathroom remodel is whether you want a shower, a tub, or both.
- Households with young children may make better use of a tub while older homeowners may prefer a simple shower. An older couple might also want a safety tub, although selling a home later on with such a tub could decrease its appeal.
- The showerhead is not to be overlooked. These days, many people opt for massaging showerheads and models that can remember your temperature preferences. Many modern, low-flow showerhead systems are designed to provide the same satisfying feel of a traditional showerhead, and models that detach from the wall are still popular as well.
Average Cost: On average, it costs about $740.00 to $1,400.00 to have a bathtub professionally installed. The average cost to have a shower installed is about $1,200.00 to $2,000.00. (Note: This pertains only to replacement tubs and showers for which the proper plumbing and supports are already in place.)
Tile is another bathroom upgrade that can have a profound effect. Tiles are available in linoleum, ceramic, glass, stone and other materials. And they come in various sizes and colors. Different colors and shapes can make your shower stand out, while a unified look incorporating the matching shower and floor tiles offers the appearance of a continuous level design.
- Slate and other natural stones are attractive, but you must be sure to check the porosity when you use them in your bathroom remodel. Some rock types require a lot of maintenance, and some may simply be unsuitable for a shower. You may consider ceramics, porcelain, marble or even granite instead.
- Whatever material and color you go with, use tiles no larger than 6 inches on your shower floor. Tiles will need to be slightly angled toward the drain, and grout between the tiles adds slip resistance.
Average Cost: The cost of your bathroom tiling project will depend on whether you go the DIY route or hire someone for the job. The homeowner can install tiles with a little skill and patience. But if you have any doubts about your ability, it’s generally worth it to hire a professional.
New toilets, sinks, and fixtures are one of the best ways to give your bathroom a quick boost.
In fact, even a tired, old tub can get a new lease on life with some updated hardware.
- Today, toilets and sinks come in many different styles, most of which are high-efficiency models. Some offer an old fashioned look combined with modern engineering; others offer the sleek designs of the modern age.
- Whether you plan to live in your home for many years or are remodeling it to put it up for sale, high-efficiency plumbing and electrical fixtures is a good investment. Even people who aren’t particularly concerned about the environment can appreciate the lower utility bills.
Average Cost: Typically, the homeowner supplies the toilet to be installed by the professional. Most toilets cost about $100.00 to $200.00. Installed, the total cost generally falls between $200.00 and $400.00. Installing a bathroom sink costs around $300.00 to $500.00.
DIY bathroom remodelers often overlook towel racks and hangers, but they can tie a room together when they match the rest of the décor. Cabinet hardware such as hinges and handles can also be the perfect accent to finish off a bathroom. They should match the style and the finish of the sinks, towel racks, and showerheads hardware. After all, it just wouldn’t do to pair rustic country cabinets with sleek, modern faucets and spouts.
Average Cost: The cost of towel racks and cabinetry hardware ranges from only a few dollars for basic models to more than $100 for designer names. The cost will depend entirely on the style for which you’re shopping.
Plumbing and Electrical
When remodeling, there is one rule of thumb: if you don’t have to modify or move it, don’t. Any changes made to the internal electrical or plumbing systems inside of your walls will require permits and contractors.
Remodeling a bathroom comes with many of the same requirements and considerations as adding a new bathroom, but there are differences, especially where electrical, and plumbing are concerned. In a remodel, you don’t usually have to install new systems, but an additional bathroom will require new lines.
- Licensed professionals must do electrical and plumbing alterations, and the structure must be able to carry any extra weight (thick tiles, a large luxurious bath tub, moving a wall, etc.). Anything that involves changes to the house’s structure, such as enlarging a window, will also require the services of a professional.
Adding a Bathroom – Costs to Consider
Adding a bathroom can cost from $3,000.00 for a simple conversion of existing space to $25,000.00 for a new addition to your house. The national average for a 100-square-foot, the spa-like bathroom is over $75,000.00, so watch your budget carefully.
A new bathroom adds value to any home, especially when there is only one, to begin with. But how much you’ll recoup depends on the part of the country in which you live. In the west, you can expect an ROI of roughly 67 percent; in the east, you might get around 47 percent.