Bathrooms now Kings of the house remodel

(June 25, 2012 , posted in Home Improvement)

Kitchens have traditionally been the focus of enticing home buyers to a home and, as such, are have often been the top projects by re modelers to increase a home’s value. But it’s been dethroned by the bathroom.

Nowadays, bathroom renovations have gotten much more modest in the past. The main points driving today’s bathroom remodels are:

  1. Easy upkeep
  2. Cost, and 
  3. Adding accessibility

Home owners aren’t doing the “McMansion" bathrooms anymore, they’re doing more intimate spaces.The spa-like tub is increasingly vanishing from master bathrooms. Labeled just as a “dust-magnet” by some, more home prefer a fancy shower with a bench (and maybe a ceiling-mounted rain shower too) over a tub. For home owners who do want both a tub and shower in the master bath, they tend to downgrade the tub to a soaker tub over a luxurious whirlpool. 

Also, driving bathroom remodels; Home owners are looking to save money and be more environmental. They even may be willing to pay a little more to get fixtures that will bring about savings in the long-term. For example, home owners are increasingly concerned about rising utility costs and the shortage of water in some drought-prone areas. Therefore, more home owners are opting for LED fixtures and water-saving toilets and faucets.

5 Ways to Spruce Up the Bathroom Without Remodeling

Bathrooms are important in selling a home. But some home sellers may not be willing to tackle a costly remodeling project in the bathroom for a home they just want to sell.  Here are a few ideas on how to make a big impact on a small budget:

  1. De-clutter the bathroom and have it look similar to what you’d see in a hotel (remove ALL toiletries from counters and empty the trashcan).
  2. Clean until it sparkles!
  3. Use fluffy towels and bath mat, preferably white.
  4. Display flower vases with fresh or beliavable fake flowers.
  5. Fix any grout or caulking and remove any and all mildew stains.


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