Bathroom remodels continue to be one of the most valuable home improvement projects you can take on. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2019 national report, a midrange bathroom remodel can lead to a 67% return-on-investment (ROI). Meanwhile, an upscale bathroom remodel could result in a 60% ROI. So, what separates a midrange remodel from an upscale one? Primarily, the bathroom appliances you choose to upgrade.
Bathroom upgrades don’t always rely on appliances, as structural upgrades (such as installing thermal flooring), can also be a major factor. However, appliance upgrades tend to be the most face-value contributor to increased buyer interest.
With technological advancements being what they are, some of these bathroom appliances are must-haves. Make no mistake, however: all of them will help you recoup your cost when it’s time to put your home on the market.
Walk-In or Steam Shower
More and more homeowners are ripping out their shower-tub combo and replacing it with a huge, walk-in shower. This upgrade is particularly popular in master bathrooms, as it elicits opulence. It’s still recommended you have at least one tub in the house, but if you do have one to spare, this upgrade is a major selling point.
You might even consider converting your walk-in shower into a steam shower. This will give your bathroom a major ‘wow factor’. This turns your shower into a moisture-sealed, sauna-like enclosure. All you need is a steam shower kit, consisting of a generator and digital controls that will allow you to control the steam. This particular bathroom appliance is on the pricier side, at around $2500 for installation.
However, if you’re someone that loves to pamper themselves, you won’t regret it. You can even add essential oils to give it an aromatherapeutic effect.
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New faucets and knobs are a no-brainer when it comes to sprucing up your bathroom appliances. Even if you don’t plan to remodel the rest of your bathroom, you should at least swap these out. Brushed nickel and stainless steel faucet fixtures are popular for giving your bathroom a contemporary look.
If you’re aiming for more traditional, oil-rubbed bronze always emits an essence of luxury and timelessness.
Make sure the faucets you pick match with the rest of the hardware in your bathroom (knobs, pulls, etc.)
If you’re so inclined, you might even want to experiment with installing sensor faucets. Although a more complicated installation process, they’re far more hygienic, which may appeal to some buyers.
Perhaps one of the most European bathroom appliances on the market, the bidet is slowly making its way into more and more American bathrooms. An appliance that once made homeowners go “oh no no” is now making them go “ooh la la.”
Why, you ask?
Not only are bidets more hygienic than traditional toilet paper, they’re more environmentally friendly. They reduce toilet paper usage by 75%, which incidentally, saves you money as well.
If you don’t have room for a separate bidet fixture, you can install a bidet toilet seat instead. This is a super easy DIY project that doesn’t have to cost more than a couple hundred dollars. Bidet toilet seats are a posh addition to any bathroom. Many of them also come with warming, and self-cleaning capabilities.
Most importantly, with less toilet paper usage, you’ll encounter less clogged pipes, thus saving you money on plumbers’ visits.
Tankless Water Heater
Much like the bidet toilet seat, the tankless water heater is one of those bathroom appliances that in particular appeals to the eco-conscious and frugal-minded. Unlike traditional water heaters that are constantly heating the water, these heat it on-demand.
As a result, tankless water heaters use up to 30% less energy, helping the environment and your heating bills.
Installing a tankless water heater is another DIY-friendly project you can take on if you’re handy, especially since they can cost more upfront. The trade-off is that you will be paying less on a monthly basis, however. They also have a longer lifespan than traditional water heaters.
A quick note: tankless water heaters are perfect for small homes, but you may need multiple to service a larger space.
Perhaps not the most appealing bathroom appliance upgrade on the list, but certainly the most practical. Not every bathroom has an exhaust fan, but it should. Bathroom exhaust fans suck the moisture out of your bathroom after showers, making the space less prone to mold, mildew, and creepy critters like silverfish.
While a bathroom exhaust fan may not directly impact your home value, it will certainly have an indirect benefit. By keeping mold at bay, it gives you one less potential problem to deal with when it comes time to sell your home.
If you have an attic space, installing a bathroom exhaust fan should be fairly easy. Just fasten the fixture to the joist, install the insulation and electrical housing, connect it to your home’s ductwork, and secure the cover.
If you’re keen on the idea of giving your bathroom a spa-like atmosphere, a Jacuzzi tub is the ideal finishing touch. These are garden tubs with water or air jets that pump out bubbles in order to provide a relaxing, in-bath massage.
There are a couple of considerations to take into account before settling on a Jacuzzi tub for your bathroom. First, they’re quite large, with the standard size being 30 inches by 60 inches. Secondly, they can take a toll on your water bill.
So, if you’re only looking to embark on a midrange bathroom remodel, this may not be the answer. For an upscale one, it’s certainly worth the investment. Installing some or most of these bathroom appliances could easily add $20,000 onto your home’s value. It’s important to assess whether or not they’re within your budget though, and how well they integrate with the rest of your home’s design.