Are you planning to sell your home in Berk's County, but your bath is looking a tad dated, as in 1970's? Having an updated bathroom can make a huge difference in how fast and for how much you sell your home in Berk's County. It may cost a chunk of money, but if you remodel your bath right, you can definitely recoup it in the sale and benefit from selling your home faster.

A midrange bathroom remodel is a solid investment, according to the "Remodeling Impact Report" from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. A bath remodel with a national median cost of $30,000 will recover about 50% of those costs when it’s time to sell your home.

Here's a few key points to keep in mind id you decide to remodel your bath:

Stick to a Plan

Remodeling a bathroom is never a good time for improvisation. You need to plan it all out as much as possible. What materials will you use? What fixtures do you want? What is your budget?

According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, you should ideally spend up to 6 months planning your remodel. This way you have a clear plan that will help you make decisions along the way. The work itself should take about 2-3 months. When the work starts, you need to resist making changes, as this will add to the cost. Your contractor may also have clauses in their contracts that specify premium prices for changing original plans.

Not a good planner? A designer can help make sure the contractors and installers are scheduled efficiently. Keep in mind, a pro designer can cost $100 to $200 per hour, and spends 10 to 30 hours on a bathroom project.

Keep the Same Footprint

Try to keep new plumbing near existing plumbing fixtures. This will save on demolition and reconstruction, along with reducing dust and debris.

Make the most of the space you have. Glass doors on showers and tubs open up the area. A pedestal sink takes up less room than a vanity. If you miss the storage, replace a mirror with a deep medicine cabinet.

Contribute Sweat Equity

Shave labor costs by doing some work yourself. Tell your contractor which projects you’ll handle, so there are no misunderstandings later.

Some easy DIY projects:

  • Install window and baseboard trim; save $250.
  • Paint walls and trim, 200 square feet; save $200.
  • Install toilet; save $150.
  • Install towel bars and shelves; save $20 each.

Choose Low-Cost Design for High Visual Impact

If you're planning to sell your home in Berks County, then go with a “soft scheme” that adds style without creating a look that's too unique and will scare away buyers.

Soft schemes employ neutral colors for permanent fixtures and surfaces, then add pizzazz with items that are easily changed, such as shower curtains, window treatments, towels, throw rugs, and wall colors. These relatively low-cost decorative touches provide tons of personality but are easy to redo whenever you want.

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