What to Prioritize In a Bathroom Remodel

It’s often said that two rooms sell a home: the kitchen and the bathroom(s). It’s also widely-accepted that most home buyers are looking for homes that are updated because they don’t want to do the work of updating. Therefore, if the two most important rooms aren’t updated, many potential buyers will start adding up the cost to update the kitchen and the bathrooms, at minimum, and may not offer as much for those homes.

Bathroom remodel photoTherefore, if you are considering updating your home to maximize the sales price, as well as compete with similar homes in your neighborhood, there are ways to prioritize these updates, based on your budget. Let’s focus on the bathroom here:

1) Paint. Painting your bathroom, especially if it hasn’t been painted in the past five years, is a simple, inexpensive and quick way to update this area of your home. Be sure to pick a neutral color that will appeal to the widest range of buyers, and that will coordinate with your existing cabinets, counters and flooring. Always pick a paint finish that’s appropriate for bathrooms such as semi-gloss.

2) Hardware and Lighting. If you do one thing to update your bathroom, consider updating your hardware and lighting. Shiny brass fixtures instantly date your home, so switching out any door hardware, faucets and lighting that have this finish, to brushed nickel or shiny chrome is an instant update that’s often cost-effective.

3) Flooring. After paint, hardware and lighting, take a look at the flooring in your bathroom. Buyers prefer tile in a bathroom, so any carpet needs to be removed PRONTO. Eighteen-inch porcelain or ceramic tiles in neutral colors are relatively inexpensive, yet provide a lot of bang for your buck when it comes to updating the look of your bathroom.

4) Countertops. Cultured marble (ie, plastic) countertops instantly date a bathroom in most homes. (There are a few quite modern exceptions in new builds). Granite or quartz countertops in the bathroom are upgrades that will quickly update the look and style of your kitchen. There are various levels (or pricing) of granite, and I would be happy to suggest which level of granite would be appropriate for the price range of your home. With countertop updates comes under mount sinks, which are easily installed and are inexpensive updates when you are already swapping out your countertops.

5) Shower and tub surrounds. Assuming you’ve already implemented the above updates, when it comes to prioritizing updates in the bathroom, the last piece of the puzzle is updating your shower and tub surround if they are dated. Again, cultured marble surrounds are often dated and unattractive options for bathrooms. Replacing these with stone tile surrounds is a desired update by most potential buyers. Along with this update, a frameless glass shower door is an easy update to implement as the old door will have to be removed once the shower surround is taken out.

Updating your bathroom with any of the above suggestions will be sure to help you maximize the final sale price of your home. I look forward to working with you to prioritize the costs of any remodel or update you plan to undertake with an eye toward maximizing the sale price of your home.

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Fun Festivals in March

Arizona is enjoying some fantastic spring weather in 2017.  If you’re looking for some reasons to get out and enjoy these mild, spring days, consider checking out one of the many festivals and events around our beautiful Valley of the Sun.

Twilight FairFirst, on March 11, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Faire is a parade followed by a festival, starting at 10 a.m.  The parade begins at Third and Sheridan Streets in Phoenix, and will feature several floats and performers, from Irish dancers and marching bands to bag pipers.   The faire will be held at the Irish Cultural Center at Hance Park located at 1106 N. Central Ave in Phoenix.  With a small admission fee, the faire will showcase three different stages featuring Irish step dancing, Irish music and of course, bag pipe players.  Food, crafts and a kids’ area will also be a part of the fun.

Another event to check out is the Zoo Move & Groove 5K Trail Run/Walk and Festival on March 11th, beginning at 7 a.m., which has the goal of raising money for the Phoenix Zoo.  This is a family-friendly 5K run/walk, a 1 mile “leisure loop” and a Kids’ Dash.  Following the races, join the festival which features a dance party, animal yoga, zoo-robics and other fitness-type activities.

On March 16-19, from 6-9 pm, the Art Detour 29 is a guide to the arts and cultural activities in downtown Phoenix.  The tour includes opportunities to meet over 100 artists in their studios and galleries, plus the chance to view and take part in performances and activities.  There will also be a “Kids’ Detour” which will feature family-friendly art-themed activities.

For a quintessential Arizona experience, check out Roots n’ Boots in Queen Creek.  This event will be March 17-19 this year from 9 am to 9 pm, and features a PRCA Pro-Rodeo, sorting competitions, community barrel roping, live entertainment, a carnival, vendors and several free family activities.   This event is hosted at the Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Center at 20464 E. Riggs Road.

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