8 Bathroom Renovations That Will Hurt Your Home’s Value

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Surely you've heard the saying, "Kitchens and baths sell houses." And it's true. Nothing will appeal to buyers more than clean, fresh, modern kitchens and bathrooms.
When you begin your bathroom remodel, it's important to know your goal. Are you pursuing this project for your family and taste for years to come, or are you considering selling your property now or in just a few years?
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If your answer is the latter, you should choose colors and products that will have mass appeal and reflect the size and scale of your home. Otherwise, your investment in your bathroom could actually cause your home's value to go down.
"A renovation that lowers the value of a home in terms of the bathroom makes it too luxurious, especially if the property is on the lower end of the price range and the renovated bathroom doesn't match the overall home style," said Daniela Andreevska, vice president of content for Mashvisor , a real estate data analytics company. “Luxury bathrooms with expensive tiling, dark colors and a free-standing bath can be great, but they belong in spacious, traditional, luxury homes. But remodeling the bathroom of a relatively small, modern, and affordable home is a huge mistake.”
Here are some bathroom remodeling no-nos that could end up depreciating your home.
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Installation of a luxury bathtub
Plunging into a luxurious bathtub with jets and bubbles might be your dream, but not everyone wants that or other fancy features.
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"The two main reasons bathroom remodels don't last are fixtures that are outdated and improvements that aren't universally appealing," said Martin Orefice, CEO of Rent To Own Labs in Orlando, Florida. “Examples of furnishings that are not universally appealing include whirlpool-style bathtubs, exotic furnishings such as bidets (in the United States), or saunas. These things might be nice and might be selling points for some people, but they're going to be turn-offs for others and limit your market."
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removing your bathtub
You never use your bathtub, so why not replace it with a big, beautiful shower? Jordan Fulmer, the owner of Momentum Property Solutions, a real estate investment firm in Huntsville, Alabama, said it was a bad idea.
"Homeowners often choose to remove a tub and shower combo and replace it with a standalone shower," he said. “While this meets your current needs, this bathroom cannot be classified as a full bath in a future real estate offering. When we want to add value to a home, we often go the other way by adding a bathtub where once there was only a shower."
Especially homebuyers with children will appreciate the bathtub.
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Let's turn to a pedestal sink
"Sometimes homeowners replace a bathroom vanity with a pedestal sink," Fulmer said. “However, this is not a good option given the value of the home. Most prospective buyers will want the storage space that a vanity offers and will be put off by the lack of functionality in the pedestal sink.”
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Use of unusual paint colors
Your kids might want neon orange on their bathroom wall when you remodel. Say them in a different shade.
"The greatest thing we've seen in bathrooms is painting in sparkling colors," said Chris Gardner, owner of PaintRite Pros near Sacramento, California. "You might think it would lower the value just a little bit to cover the cost of painting it, but it often makes the house a lot harder to sell because people don't like the feeling when they look at the house. "
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Install unique tiles
A redesigned shower with clean, fresh tiles will appeal to buyers, but choose tiles wisely.
"Eccentric or creative tiling in a bathroom can turn off many buyers who don't want to do renovations," said Ryan Fitzgerald, owner of real estate agent UpHomes in Charlotte, North Carolina. “Replacing tiles takes a lot of effort and money. So if you're installing completely different and unique tiles, your home's value could go down because a buyer might not want to pay for the change."
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hanging wallpaper
A bathroom with metallic flock wallpaper was a sign of opulence in the 1970s. Today it's probably better to skip the wallpaper.
"One bathroom renovation that could be negative for buyers is too much wallpaper or flashy wallpaper," Fitzgerald said. “Wallpaper is notorious for being difficult to remove; so if you have some in your bathrooms that are quite whimsical or daring, it could be off-putting to the buyer. The thought of removing wallpaper might be the only thing turning their heads in a new direction."
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Adding ornate fixtures and faucets
Like fancy wallpaper, glittering gold faucets once exuded elegance. Today, only a minority of buyers will appreciate them.
"Gold bathtub and sink fixtures don't appeal to most of my homebuyers, and they'll deduct a few thousand dollars from a quote to replace them," said Kurt Grosse, an agent for Realty One Group in Las Vegas with experience as a construction technician .
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Carpet for your bathroom
“One of the absolute worst mistakes when making a bathroom remodel is using carpet or Pergo flooring. Both of these types of flooring are a major deterrent to the vast majority of homebuyers,” said Bill Gassett of Maximum Real Estate Exposure in Massachusetts. "Both decisions scream, 'I'm cheap!' "You can take a new room and make it a resale disaster. Carpets in a bathroom are not only downright ugly, they're also a hygiene issue."
If you plan to stay in your home and love it forever, personalize your bathroom makeover. If selling is your future, think neutral and suitable for the masses.
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