6 Bathroom Remodel Tips Every House Flipper Should Know
You probably know that the bathroom is one of the most important rooms when renovating a house flip.
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This is why you need to equip yourself with a wealth of knowledge, tips and ideas on how to go about remodeling the bathroom before you begin the house flipping process.
The kitchen is considered to be the most important part of the house — but the bathroom is a close second.
Unlike with a kitchen, most properties have more than one bathroom, so if you renovate the bathroom without a plan or you just decide to wing it, your bathroom remodel could easily turn into a nightmare.
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It might even cost you hundreds if not even thousands of dollars to get it back to the way it was before.
However, if you follow a few simple tips, you might save a great deal of money as well as create an ideal bathroom that will win your buyers over.
6 Steps to a Model Bathroom
1. Come Up with A Plan
Before you even start remodeling the bathroom, you need to determine what needs to be improved and what needs to be fixed. Once this has been established, come up with a plan that is going to help you accomplish your goals.
I usually recommend house flippers to go through this step before they buy the property. Since the bathroom has many fixed appliances like a toilet, sinks, bath tubs, showers, etc., it can easily turn out to be one of the most expensive rooms to renovate. Maybe not as expensive as the kitchen, but still costly.
Evaluating what needs to be done to the bathroom before you purchase the property can give you a rough estimate of how much money you will need to invest. This way, if the total cost exceeds your budget, then you might consider not purchasing the property.
If you have already bought the house, you might want to try a hands-on approach before dishing out cash to purchase new material, which may save you a few bucks just through some simple clean up.
For instance, you can try scrubbing out the grime yourself to see if it actually makes a difference. You might be surprised that you do not need to purchase a new fixture or install a new floor after all; all it needed was a good scrubbing. For this task you may just want to outsource it to a handyman.
A subcontractor can help you get an estimate of how much you will actually need to renovate the bathroom.
Make sure that you get all the demolition sorted out before you begin installing fixtures or making changes to the bathroom. Demolition here includes stripping the floor, removing appliances like the tub or the toilet and removal of the wall.
If you do not finish the demolition process first and you start making changes, you might demolish new fixtures or end up removing them again to reinstall them.
3. Improve the Toilet
Everybody wants to have a clean, sparkling toilet, so make sure you strive to achieve this. If a potential buyer sees even the tiniest amount of rust or brown grime, they might be repulsed and even decide they do not want the property after all.
To give a toilet a brand new look, replace the toilet seat. It’s stupidly simple, but replacing the seat can actually make a toilet appear brand new.
Think of it as the equivalent of re-facing kitchen cabinets. An entirely new toilet can be very expensive but a toilet seat is not as expensive. Toilet seats can help you get the same effect of a new toilet at the fraction of a price.
4. Replace the Fixtures
Small items such as door hinges, doorknobs, light fixtures, towel racks, shower heads, faucet handles and faucets are inexpensive to buy and install.
In every one of our house flips, we have a standard under-$100 package to replace the essential fixtures in the bathroom. It usually costs us less than $50 in small bathrooms.
Yet when fixtures are replaced, they can make the bathroom really shine. Replacing these small fixtures is a clever technique of making the bathroom look brand new, not to mention that it is inexpensive and does not consume a lot of time to install.
If you can get the fixtures to match, all the better. Don’t mismatch colors and finishes. It just looks plain ugly — and you buyers will subtly notice the inconsistency.
Matching fixtures will bring the whole room together as compared to a random assortment of mismatched fixtures. We usually go with brushed nickel or stainless steel hardware for fixtures.
5. Light the Room
Flickering or dim lights can make a room feel eerie and unpleasant. Just like the kitchen, bright lights make the bathroom look more pleasant.
Sometimes simply replacing the bulbs with a higher wattage does the trick — especially if you are on a limited budget. When you do, you’ll be amazed at how it brightens up the space.
6. Clean it Up
Last, but not least, have a cleaning crew or if you’re doing it yourself, clean the bathroom. Like we recommend above with the toilets, make sure the showers, sinks, floors and faucets all glisten. This is especially important if you do #5 above.
Nobody likes a grimy bathroom. But a clean, well-lit, attractive bathroom could be the difference between an offer and no offer from many a buyer.
How do you ensure your bathrooms tempt potential buyers instead of repulse them?
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