Is it wise to put in a 1/2. bath? Do you get the 10,000 back at home?

Theresa Bowler
by Theresa Bowler
  5 answers
  • William William on Jun 01, 2017
    The percentage of recovered costs on that investment is a modest 52%, An additional half bath may increase a home’s total value by about 10%, while an additional full bath increases the value by 20%,

    However, that doesn’t mean you’ll recoup the full value of your remodeling investment — on average, you’ll spend almost twice what you recoup.

    Before committing to a bathroom addition, call in a real estate agent or professional appraiser to evaluate whether an additional bathroom makes sense in your situation. Buyers tend to prefer houses where the number of bathrooms equals the number of bedrooms.

  • Ginny Ginny on Jun 01, 2017
    I only have one full bath on the 2nd floor, but the powder rm. on the first floor is one reason I purchased my home 40 yrs. ago. At the time I had a child old enough for toilet training, and what a joy not to run steps for this purpose. Also, there is a small bedroom next to the powder rm. that was useful for guests or if an in-law who might have had to move in with us. My mom had a saying that if you you add something to your home and use it yourself for _____ amount of yrs. you get your money back in the use of the upgrade and the convenience it afforded you.

  • Rhonda S Rhonda S on Jun 01, 2017
    That depends on what you are spending the money on. If you can do some things yourself like finish work, installing fixtures, and flooring, you can cut your investment, and improve your return on selling, but only if you can do passing quality work. Unless you are very competent, you will want to contract for at least rough in plumbing, structural changes, and wiring. However, it depends on what you have to do. Your estimate of $10 K sounds like quite a bit of work. We had no structural or plumbing changes and did all the work on our 5 x 10 full bath with tile surround and granite two sink vanity was $2500. it was worth the upgrade just in getting the place cleaned up! Talk to realtors to see what upgrades in your area bring to the table.

  • GBK GBK on Jun 04, 2017
    The return on your investment depends almost entirely on the real estate market in your area. Some places you get back almost nothing, because the market is flat. You have to check with a competent real estate agent where you live to get an accurate idea about improvements. Don't spend that money until you talk to an agent first!

  • Gina Gina on Jun 06, 2017
    If you are doing it just for resell I say skip it unless it would really up the price of your home. If you are living in the house and want it for you, then just go ahead.