Home Prep Tips
Hey, there. I am back with another home selling tip. So here's the question, should you redo your bathroom? All right, great question. I'm going to say it depends. Right? So the first thing is, is this the master bathroom, and how are the rest of the bathrooms? How's the rest of the house? So at the end of the day, here's what I'm going to say is that for about the past 15 years or so, most of our market I'm going to say is an all or nothing approach. In other words, a lot of the buyers, they either don't want to lift a finger. They want a turn key. Or they want a deal. So if you have a newer kitchen and you're doing the fresh coat of paint, everything is looking awesome, and your master bathroom kind of sucks, or your hall bathroom is kind of eh, then it might make sense to go ahead and redo that so we can capitalize on the rest of the house.
A good example, I've seen some places that are gorgeous. They're awesome. And then I go in, and then like it feels like 1972 in the hall bath. And it has like, or even maybe like 1960s, has like that pink or green, yellow mustardy kind of bathtub and tile. All of a sudden buyers are going to walk in there and be like, oh man, I got to spend money on this new bathroom. So it instantly puts them in a negative headspace. So if everything else is looking great and the comps justify the price in terms of how we can position. I'm going to say, yeah, go ahead and do that bathroom. As a general rule, that's what I'm going to say, but there's some exceptions.
So here's an example. Let's say that the bathroom's in the basement, and let's say the basement's only okay. It's not a great basement. It's fine. It's finished or partially finished, but it is just kind of okay, right? If the main level looks great and the upstairs looks great and the basement bathroom is dated, I'm probably going to say, don't waste your money. It's the basement. It's a bonus. I'm not going to worry about it. So basement bathrooms, I kind of give a pass to. All right? Now if it's moldy or nasty, yeah, go ahead and fix it up. But if it's just dated, I'm probably going to let it slide.
Now, I said if the place was looking great, that's how we look at it, what about in the situation that the place is not so great? Well, that's where we have to look at positioning. And the fact is, if you're not going to do all the other updates, just doing one bathroom isn't going to really make you any more money on the house. If your kitchen is already dated or the rest of the house needs paint and it looks tired. Just doesn't look awesome. At least not awesome compared to your competition, then updating one bathroom, whether it's five grand, or 10 grand, or 20 grand, you're probably not going to see that money back, because they're going to say, well, I still have to do a whole new kitchen. I still have to do all this. So I'd say save your money.
So should you do the bathroom? Well, think about it like this, can you make your place homogenous? If you can, it's probably worth it. If it's not going to make your place homogenous, then probably not. I hope that helps. If you have any questions on your home prep, just to schedule a 15 minute call with me, just click the link below right here and book some time. And I would love to hear what you have going on and see if I can answer any questions for you. I wish you the best in your home selling journey. I'm Brendan Spear with Caprika Realty. Have a great day.
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