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How a Spa-Like Bathroom Improves Real Estate Value

 

In this day and age, it seems like the bigger the better, and that goes for real estate as well.

Home improvement has become a huge enterprise in the recent years, with channels like HGTV

drawing in viewers. With that being said, spa-like bathrooms have become more popular with

the recent growth of interest. There is an added bonus to spa styled bathrooms, in addition to

relaxation and bliss, the fact is that it actually improves the real estate value of your home. By

remodeling your bathroom to look and feel like you are at a luxurious spa, you would also be

selling that luxurious spa to the next buyer that can earn you back more than you actually

invested in the first place.

 

To begin, let’s look at what aspects of the spa can actually influence the value of the bathroom.

According to Page-Pryde Properties, there are four specific trends that can affect the results.

And those are: the free-standing tub, a tranquil color palette, good lighting, and advanced

technological amenities. Elle Décor also suggests evoking all your senses with candles and art

that can help relax you. Ultimately, there are a lot of different things to get the ultimate spa-

styled bathroom. In the following paragraphs you will see examples and possibilities of what

you can do.

 

The end-goal is to create a relaxing experience, and a free standing tub is the first major

improvement you can make to get that. Jean-Jacques L’Henaff, vice president of design for

American Standard, told Page-Pryde, “Adding a freestanding tub is a cost effective way to evoke

a spa-like atmosphere in any bathroom, and it’s one that really helps elevate the user’s overall

experience”. You should take a look at the shower as well, since a rainfall showerhead is the

epitome of luxurious and feels like you are actually in the rain when you close your eyes. Towels

are also surprisingly effective to the feel of the room – and by that I mean, the fluffier, the

better.

A calm color palette in the spa typically consists of earth tones and should be taken into

consideration when remodeling. It is a simple yet effective way to emit a calming atmosphere.

Above-the- mirror lights can help with the application of makeup and the quality of a close

shave, while soft lights can provide a soothing ambiance. Having extra amenities can boost your

value as well. This can be things like waterproof TVs, heaters, and accessories. The presentation

of things like body scrubs and special soaps on your counter can play a big role in creating the

spa-styled bathroom. Tiles are also a huge “Yes” when considering a remodel. Tiles give off the

illusion of allure and wealth, and you can use them on the floor, on the wall, and in the shower.

Plus, they are easy to clean.

 

When you remodel your bathroom, on average you can earn back up to 70% of your

investment when the home is sold 5 years after the initial remodeling, according to the 2015

study done by Remodeling. It is said that the bathroom plays a huge role in a buyer’s decision.

And what’s more attractive than a bathroom with luxurious, at-home spa features. According to

HGTV, faucets are an important aspect of the bathroom, along with the countertops and the

shower. They looked at Remodeling’s study from 2004, where a $9,400-bathroom remodel

recouped at 182%. The seller actually made a great profit off their investment.

Remember, the bathroom is the room in the house that goes through the most wear. The

bathroom and the kitchen are comparatively the two most looked at and considered areas of a

house. Buyers will see the house as expensive and in good quality if these two rooms are

managed and decorated well. This is because these rooms are arguably the most used rooms in

the house, and therefore the most seen by others.

 

Thank you to Sam Socorro who wrote this article. Sam is a guest author from Sensual Spas and

is a respected and expert voice in a plethora of health related subjects with over 10 years of

writing under her belt

 

Greenify Your Home & Life, 10 Ways to Add Value and Save Money

 

Green is the new black. I don’t mean the color green; I’m talking about things you can do to make your home green and energy efficient.  With today’s cost conscience consumers, adding green features can increase energy savings and at the same time reduce your carbon footprint. Some of the items listed below may also tip the buyer toward purchasing your home.  Check out these 10 ideas to greenify your home.

 

1)    Use Energy Efficient Lighting

Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) or light emitting diodes (LEDs) are a quick and easy way to make you home more energy efficient. These bulbs use 80% less energy than traditional ones and last 10 times longer, which reduces landfill waste. Consider opening the blinds during the day to let in as much natural light in as possible. This is also a great tip when showing your home. Buyers tend to like homes with a lot of bright natural light.

2)    Get rid of that old, inefficient water heater

When it’s time to replace that old water heater, it’s a perfect time to upgrade to energy efficient one. There are many types of water heaters on the market, from solar powered to tankless water heaters, which can generally are 20-50 percent more efficient.

3)    Get your heat and ac from mother nature

Homeowner’s highest energy use and cost comes from heating their homes in the winter. Using Mother Nature is a great way to reduce cost and go green.  There are several options to heat your home using the power of the planet. Using solar power or geothermal heat pumps are two viable options that are becoming more popular with homeowners.

4)    Don’t Use Plastic Disposables

In 2012 nearly 1.5 million tones of garbage went into the Vancouver landfill. That’s enough to fill over 72,000 garbage trucks. One way you can reduce the amount of garbage is to discontinue your use of plastic disposables. Even though they are easy and convenient, there are better options. Consider switching to compostable plates or just use your regular dinnerware.

5)    Get Energy Efficient Appliances

Get rid of old appliances and switch to new energy efficient ones. This can decease your energy use up to 50 percent. Plus, having newer appliances when you sell your home is a big plus for buyers.

6)    Upgrade You Insulation

Upgrading your insulation is one of the best ways to save on heating and cooling cost. Start our by making sure your roof and attic are well insulated. If you have enough insulation there, move to the walls of the home and the basement if you have one.

7)    Seal Your Home

Seals around windows and doors over time will get old and crack causing the home to waste a lot of energy. Many homes have enough leaks that it would be the equivalent of having a small window opened all year round. Sealing also creates better humidity control, lessens pollen, dust, insects, and lessens ice dams during the winter.

8)    Donate and Recycle Unwanted Items

Spring is coming and it’s time to get the home cleaned up. Getting rid of stuff you don’t use any more is a great way to declutter and get your home ready to sell. Consider donating old toys and clothes, and recycle your old computer that’s been sitting in the garage.

9)    Add Air Purifying Houseplants

Adding live houseplants is a great way to brighten up the home, get rid of odors, and leave the air in your home feeling fresh and clean. Buying a couple of plants is a cheap and easy way to decorate you home before a showing.

10) Use Natural Cleaners

 Have you looked at the label of you favorite cleaner recently? How many of those ingredients can you pronounce? There are many environment and health benefits for using natural cleaners. If you want to save money, you can easily make your own using simple everyday ingredients and they are just as effective.

 

 

 

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