How to Renovate a Bathroom


The bathroom, whether master, main, or guest, is usually the most frequently renovated area of a home after the kitchen. It’s a very cru­cial renovation, because the quality of the bathroom and how mod­ern it is help define the quality (and often the value) of the house. When it comes time to resell, a remodeled bathroom often recoups its cost or more and secures a quicker sale.

When you decide to renovate your bathroom you should address two major issues. First, how much will the bathroom renovation add to the value of the home? Second, how much will the renovation make use of the home more enjoyable?

What Can I Do to the Bathroom?

Bathroom renovations are usually considered either major or minor. Here’s how they break down:

Renovate Bathroom

Minor Bathroom Renovation: $500 to $3000

  • Refinish sink or tub.
  • Put on new tub/shower door.
  • Add new fixtures to sink, tub/shower, and toilet as needed. ‘ Paint and wallpaper as needed.
  • Major Bathroom Renovation: $5000 to $30,000
  • Put in new sink, toilet, tub/shower, and extras (towel warmer, etc.).
  • Put in new countertop.
  • Install new cabinets.
  • Install all new fixtures.
  • Install new flooring.
  • Install new lighting.
  • Paint and wallpaper

How Will the Renovation Affect My Home’s Value?

As long as you don’t overdo it, don’t renovate beyond the norms of your neighborhood, you can probably get out all, or even more, of the money you sink into a bathroom, in terms of increased value and quicker resale.

Does that mean you can spend $25,000 on a bathroom and recoup all the money? Probably, if it’s a million-dollar house; cer­tainly not, if it’s a $125,000 house. The renovation still must be appropriate to the quality of the home.

How Will the Renovation Affect My Enjoyment?

Enjoyment depends on what you want from your bathroom. If you never use a whirlpool tub, why spend thousands installing one? On the other hand, if two of you use the bathroom at the same time, be sure to put in two sinks. You’ll use them.

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