What to Expect in Today’s Remodeled Bathrooms

Posted by on Monday, June 20th, 2011 at 10:24am.

Travertine Bathroom

If you are considering a bathroom remodel before you sell, there is one term to keep in mind: spa experience.

Today’s buyers are looking for bathrooms that are not only utilitarian, but quite luxurious as well. They are looking for a respite, a place to wind down, re-energize and pamper themselves. In short, they want a spa experience at home.

Here are some thoughts to consider when remodeling your bathroom:

  • If you are short on cash, put most of your money into your master bathroom, as most buyers will place more importance on the master bathroom than other bathrooms in the home.
  • Think about adding a piece de resistance in the bathroom. In other words, if you are remodeling a typical bathroom, take it from bland and boring to impressive by installing a steam shower or a jetted tub, for example.
  • Think outside the box and add features that will be quickly noticed by buyers. For example, you may want to install a skylight or use decorative tiles across the wall.
  • Although you may want to design your bathroom to suit your individual tastes, if you are remodeling to sell your home, then you need to think like a buyer. In other words, try to appeal to the widest audience as possible when designing your bathroom. We recently listed a 20 year old home for sale in Marietta and sold it in less than 1 week, the bathrooms and kitchen had been tastefully updated. We had a buyer that preferred a neutral travertine tile, showed them the home the day we listed it, and were under contract in less than a week.
  • Don’t over-remodel your bathroom. Pay close attention to the bathrooms of recently sold or listed homes in your neighborhood, as well as the listing/selling price of those homes before setting your bathroom remodel budget. The overall goal of remodeling your bathroom should be to make more money and sell your home quickly, so keep this in mind before you begin pricing yourself right out of the neighborhood.
  • Ask for a Realtor’s advice. In the end, sometimes it makes sense to remodel your bathroom; other times, it simply does not. Your professional Atlanta real estate agent will be able to give you a good idea of how to proceed.
  • Some of the newest features in today’s bathrooms include jetted or garden tubs, steam showers, towel warming drawers or bars, his and her vanities/sinks, radiant heat flooring, flat-screen televisions, sound systems, smart storage, and multiple/luxury shower heads.

Finally, think green and your buyers will appreciate you for it. Think in terms of environmentally friendly products and green building products when remodeling your bathroom, and then market it as such when selling your home.


7 Responses to "What to Expect in Today’s Remodeled Bathrooms"

John Evan Miller wrote: This is a great post and you are absolutely correct about putting some money into the master bathroom in an effort to attract buyers to the property. Believe it or not, this is even more important with the current economy.

Posted on Friday, June 24th, 2011 at 4:29am.

Los Angeles Modern Homes wrote: Completely agree with the fifth point. While nice bathrooms are great, if the bathroom is nicer than the rest of the house, it was a waste of money,

Posted on Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 at 7:20am.

real estate course wrote: I really enjoyed your article, particularly in terms of remodeling. For me remodeling is important when you sell your house coz it has additional attraction to the buyers whn they look at.

Posted on Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 at 7:20am.

John wrote: I really like that you go after the "spa experience" It truly helps make the house look 10x better!

Posted on Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 at 10:37am.

April wrote: I'm one of those people who wants a clean,luxurious bathroom. Your tips is really a big help. Thanks

Posted on Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 at 10:37am.

Mark Gridley wrote: In modern homes I'm seeing more steam showers. It really has a "wow" factor versus large oversized tubs that are seldom used and take up to much room. You've made some great points on the importance on where to spend your $

Posted on Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 at 9:18am.

Bob Urbanowski wrote: Ah, the "spa experience"! When looking for a place to live, I personally place alot of importance on the bathroom. The layout, aesthetics and any extra luxury features probably sway me more than the size or layout of my main bedroom or living area.

Posted on Monday, August 29th, 2011 at 9:39am.

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