Wanting to enjoy your home more and add value to your property? Start in the bathroom. A bathroom renovation is the most popular of all home improvements, according to the National Association of Realtors…and it pays off! Based on data from Remodeling Magazine’s most recent cost vs. value report, returns on both midrange and upscale bathroom renovations are going up. On average, homeowners spend just over $20,000 on a midrange bathroom renovation project, and nearly $65,000 on an upscale bathroom renovation project. At resale, midrange renovations recoup 67.2% of their costs, while upscale renovations recoup 60.2%.

But where should you start when planning your renovation? Here’s our list of the top 5 things homeowners should consider when upgrading their bathroom.

1. Add Extra Storage: Bathroom storage is one of the features you may not think about initially but can make huge improvements in your lifestyle. Extra cabinets, built-in shelving, recessed shower shelves, and organizers make the difference in the aesthetics and functionality of your bathroom. Opt for upgrades that build out the space you have and help you keep your bathrooms totally organized.

2. Opt for a Separate Tub and Shower: One of the simplest bathroom upgrades with an excellent return is to install a separate tub and shower, especially when it comes to the master bath. Separate spaces increase your home’s worth and offer more functionality. The separation of the tub and shower is a symbol of luxury. Often found in 5-star hotels as the ultimate in pampering, this type of layout translates well when you remodel your own master bathroom into an in-home spa. One detail to note: before you add an extra-large tub, check that both your hot water heater and your water pressure are up to supplying its demands.

3. Give your Plumbing Fixtures a Facelift: This is a great way to make a big impact on a small budget in your bathroom. Kitchen and bath remodels recoup up to 85% of the initial cost, and many times you can make a noticeable impact simply by upgrading the fixtures in the room. For the budget-conscious family, changing out the plumbing fixtures in your home may be the best way to go. If upgrading the plumbing fixtures is the only change that you’re intending to make to the space, be sure that you pick fixtures that complement the rest of the bathroom. Even if you go a more modern route you’ll still want to match the rest of the colors in the room and the general style.

4. Focus on Energy Efficiency: Making your home more sustainable isn’t just good for the environment, it’s good for your home’s resale value, too. Your shower, sink, and toilet can all be optimized for low flow, which means less water usage and more savings on your water bill. It’s a strong pull for buyers too, so when you’re making changes to fixtures in your bathroom go for the picks that promise to use energy.

5. Splurge on a Master Bathroom: If you’re planning a new build, always opt for a master bathroom; they’re one of the most desirable features for resale value. If you don’t have one in your current home, it might be worth the cost to build one in. You won’t regret it and will probably be one of the most used rooms in the house. According to Home Advisor, you can see a 53% return on investment for your bathroom addition. Adding one in could also be one of the more expensive upgrades you could choose, but you will undoubtedly get a big return on that investment.

Ready to upgrade your bathroom? Severson Plumbing can help! We are a family-owned business established in 1977 and have been taking care of Central Oregon’s plumbing needs for decades. Over the past 40 years, we have developed tremendous expertise in plumbing installations of all types and sizes. We are dedicated to providing dependable long-lasting plumbing in commercial, industrial, and residential facilities. Give us a call today at 541-382-3720.