Which bathroom feature increases resale value most?

Dear Angie: We're remodeling our bathroom. Which is better to help increase the resale value of our home: a tub, a shower and one sink; or a big shower and two sinks? Cal Z., Lakewood, OH

Dear Cal: In many ways, it depends on the types of homes in your neighborhood. If most of the homes in your neighborhood have two sinks, and yours has one, it will likely add to your home’s appraisal value to add that extra sink.

Conversely, you don’t want to overprice your house with expensive add-ons that aren’t common in other homes in your area. Good home appraisers and real estate agents in your area are a great resource to get the lowdown on what upgrades make the best sense and are in demand in your area. Making the right remodeling decisions can not only help increase the resale value of your home, but make it more appealing to potential buyers.

All that said, top remodelers and real estate agents tell us that there’s a trend right now of homeowners replacing their garden tub or regular bathtubs with oversized showers, so you may want to start that trend in your neighborhood if it hasn’t yet arrived. Having a professional remodeler convert a standard 5-foot tub into a shower typically costs around $4,000 to $5,000, but bathroom remodels are one of the best bets you can make in terms of highest return on your investment. You can expect to get about 84 percent of that money back when you sell.

If you’re planning to stay in your home for a while, though, it’s important to take your personal preference into consideration. If you like nothing better than a nice bubble bath, you might not want to part with that tub just yet!

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