Joseph Talbot, Real Estate Broker - HOME IMPROVEMENTS THAT IMPROVE VALUES

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Determining your budget beforehand (in terms of both money and time) is a sound way to ensure that your bathroom renovations don't get out of hand. If you have a smaller budget, you may be limited solely to cosmetic improvements, such as updated fixtures or a new sink and paint. If you have a little more to work with, you can accommodate a makeover that substantially increases the home's value, like a larger shower, new windows, and artisanal tiling. Of course, contributing your own "sweat equity" to your home's renovations can save you money, so determine which projects are best left to professional contractors and which ones you can handle. If you decide to hire contractors, have a fixed plan in place and do not deviate from it. The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) recommends having a six-month plan to ensure that things go smoothly, as major bathroom renovations last between 2 and 3 months on average. Be forewarned: as with most renovation projects, bathroom costs and expectations can quickly get out of hand, especially when homeowners are eager to sell their homes. That said, let's look at various aspects of the bathroom and see what types of renovations can add more value to your home.

BATHTUBS

Choosing the right bathtub for your primary bathroom is worth some careful consideration. Some home buyers feel that a bathtub takes up too much space, while others make it a focal point of their relaxation. Some buyers prefer or need accessibility (i.e. mobility-impaired individuals). For them, a bathtub may be a deal-breaker. For those that prefer elegance, a clawfoot tub may

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