Before you’re ready to list your Sacramento home for sale, you might want to make some improvements to maximize your sale price. If your neighbors have new granite countertops and a spa shower head — your ’90s bathroom just isn’t going to cut it.
You don’t need to be selling your home today to consider renovating the bathrooms; you deserve to enjoy them for a while before you list. From new showers to updated vanities and better lighting, there are lots of ways to make improvements. But what is the cost to remodel a bathroom?
Whether you have a significant budget or you’re trying to get things done for the cost of just a few mortgage payments, we have some ideas. Here are some of the common renovations you can accomplish at various price points.
Remodeling a Bathroom for Under $5,000
What can you get for between $3,000 and $5,000? More than you might think. If you don’t have any major plumbing needs and you just want to make the room more modern, you can give your bathroom an impressive makeover. For this price point you can get all new tile, a new sink, and a new toilet. If you’re not moving any fixtures around, you might be able to throw in a new vanity, too. Throw on a new coat of paint, and you’ll barely recognize the place.
Remodeling a Bathroom for Under $7,000
With a few extra grand, you can upgrade a larger bathroom (up to about 40 square feet). Give your bathroom a tile makeover, replace both sinks, and get a new tub. You can also redo some of the storage at this price point, including new shelves and new over-the-sink storage.
Remodeling a Bathroom for Under $20,000
If you have a bit more cash to play with, you can turn a 50 square foot bathroom into your own luxury oasis. Get a new recessed cabinet with lighting, fancy toilet, new sink and vanity space, and a new shower space. You can also afford to move the toilet or add a second sink if you need one. You may still have enough cash to change the overhead lighting and add some character with a sink backsplash.
What Affects Pricing?
The cost of a bathroom remodel depends on a lot of factors. Here are some of the most common reasons the price may go up:
- Materials. Obviously, the expensive granite countertop is going to cost more than a nice laminate or other stone. More expensive fixtures will quickly add up. Floor stones can range from a few dollars per square foot up to $20 per square foot. Quite a difference!
- Labor costs. Your contractor costs can also range quite a bit, depending on the experience level of who you hire and where you live. In Sacramento, the hourly salary of a general contractor averages about $27 per hour, but your costs may be different — so always read the fine print.
- Unexpected finds. You might not think you need to replace any pipes, but what your contractor finds when the shower is removed could tell another story. A bathroom renovation could uncover old wiring, pipes, or other issues that cost money.
- Area comps. What are the most common amenities in area homes? You’ll want to use the area’s most popular trends as a guide. For instance, if none of the homes selling in your zip code have an all-granite bathroom — you may not get your money back on this feature when you sell. On the other hand, double sinks in the master bath could be considered a must-have and be worth investing in.
Are you considering a home renovation? If the cost of a bathroom remodel has got you down, you may be able to sell your place without one. At California Family Homebuyers, we purchase Sacramento homes in all sorts of conditions. We might be able to close on your home in as little as a week! Give us a call today to see if we can help.