Thinking about remodeling? The first question you should ask yourself is why you are remodeling. What are your goals? What do you want to accomplish?
This is essential for any project, whether it is the bathroom, kitchen or whole house. If you are remodeling just for you AND you plan to stay in your home for quite some time (think 10 years or more) – then of course, focus on what you want.
If, however, you are planning to sell your home soon, you will want to think about what buyers will like and what they won’t. Because making some of these bathroom remodeling mistakes buyers hate can drastically reduce your purchase price – costing you big bucks!
1. Big Statement Colors
Not everyone is going to love what you love. Let’s just get that out of the way right here. And, if you go big and bold with the color scheme of your bathroom and it is not a buyer’s cup of tea, it has the definite possibility of making them look elsewhere.
Or…not offering as much because they need to afford a repaint.
Rather, try and keep wall colors neutral. Think light colors that can welcome any décor, such as a soft white or light blue. These can help the bathroom appear larger and airier, without overwhelming the senses.
2. Long Counters with Single Sinks
Some folks opt for a single sink. And that is okay. It can be more affordable. It can offer more countertop space. Or, it can allow you to install additional storage space.
However, the practical application of sharing a sink isn’t always that enjoyable. While it is nice to be close to your honey, elbow jockeying for room to spit isn’t the best form of flirting.
3. Super-Sized Room-Dominating Tub
Bathtubs are like tuna fish sandwiches – folks either love them or hate them. But regardless of where you pitch your bathtub tent, one thing is for sure, no one likes running their knees into the edge of a cold, hard surface.
Unless you have tons of space in your bathroom, a super-sized tub just takes up a lot of room. And many potential buyers will consider it a waste of space. If you really need a large, warm body of water, think about putting a hot tub on the deck.
Instead, invest in a luxurious shower. This eye-catching addition offers the best return on investment (ROI).
4. Bulky Built-Ins
Sure, built-ins can be nice. However, built-ins are often bulky. This can quickly make your space feel much smaller than it actually is.
Why is this a problem? Because bathrooms are inherently small. Making them appear even smaller can give you the impression you need to leave just to decide if you want to bathe. (Talk about the opposite of relaxing and rejuvenating!)
5. No Storage
On the flipside of built-ins, no storage is also a no-go. While minimalism is being preached far and wide, very few people are actually practicing it. Folks have stuff.
They have toothbrushes and hairdryers. They have lotions, razor blades, and tampons. There are extra towels and extra toilet paper. There is cologne, facewash, and hand soap. And all this stuff needs a place to go!
6. Ultra-Intricate Tile Designs
Ready to turn your tile floor into a tile mosaic? Like big statement colors, it is best to keep your flooring neutral. Not only will this allow you to mix up the look and feel or your bathroom – it will be less off-putting to potential buyers.
7. Gaps Between Vanity and Tub
In the case of good bathroom designs, no space should be wasted. And, that gap between the vanity and tub is wasted space! Don’t do it. Not only is this a space that you can’t store something, it is a space that is really difficult to clean.
8. Colored Toilets, Tubs, and Sinks
We are back to the bold color don’ts. Tubs, toilets, and sinks are typically the most expensive bathroom features. While you might think it is cool right now to install a coral colored tub – your buyers probably won’t. Plus, it will date your bathroom remodel.