Renovating your rental or second home is an investment that has the power to take your property value up many notches. By making upgrades and conducting proper maintenance, you can make sure that value keeps going up.
In addition to the kitchen, revamping the bathroom(s) is one of the best ways you can accomplish this. Ultimately, the goal is to strike the perfect balance of trendy, durable, and of course, comfort.
If your rental or a second home bathroom is due for a makeover, some advanced planning and preparation is the key to seeing substantial passive income for the long haul. That being said, here are five tips to help you remodel any bathroom for a maximum return on investment.
1. Go with White
A neutral color like white is always a safe option for a rental or second home bathroom. While it’s tempting to design the room around your favorite colors, you need to remember that this bathroom will likely be used by a myriad of different people over the years. Some tenants may not prefer the use of certain colors.
An all-white bathroom, on the other hand, appears more spacious, bright and has a neat look and feel. It makes the space look timeless and turns it into a blank canvas for personal touch by the tenants once they move in.
What to do: Use white tiles, white countertops and white cabinetry units to the bathroom. If you don’t want to opt for too much white and fear making it appear cold and drab, cut the monotony by adding countertops in warm hues or experiment with different cabinet accents and fixtures. Having white as the background for the walls and the floor will do wonders to make bolder components stand out.
2. Prioritize the Vanity
Next up, shift your focus to the bathroom vanity. In many ways, the vanity is the face of the entire room. It sees a huge amount of use every single day.
As this space typically doubles as a sink, putting your efforts into the countertop and surrounding cabinets is a great place to invest your money and efforts.
This is extremely important when the space you have is small and you need to utilize every inch prudently.
For instance, a floating vanity storage cabinet can house all essential toiletries and sanitation products. This way, your tenants can utilize the leftover space below the vanity so the rest of the space remains spotlessly clean.
For a more contemporary option, you can opt for exposed shelves and a vessel sink, or add an overhead compartment to store additional items and keep clutter out of sight.
If you are happy with the current setup of the vanity, but want to give it a new look, refacing is a drastically cheaper option that will give you the same effect.
The process includes installing new, high-quality cabinet doors, drawer fronts, and covering the exposed frames while keeping the main compartments intact. For this, you’ll need to find matching materials that are readily available on the market. Alternatively, you can change the wood or the color to update the look of your bathroom without paying through the roof!
Note: Refacing causes minimal inconvenience, costs a fraction of replacing the cabinetry, and provides a plethora of choices. Most importantly, it increases the home’s value without any major investment.
3. Provide Generous Storage
Irrespective of the type of property you own, the importance of storage will always remain a major factor. If a tenant has a family, or simply uses a lot of bathroom equipment, storage is something you can never have too much of. Fortunately, there are lots of ways you can include additional storage in the bathroom, irrespective of its size:
- Vertical Cabinets – Not enough space on the wall to fit a horizontal cabinet? Try settling for a sleeker, vertical model. The main advantage of using this type of cabinetry is that it can easily fit in the smallest nooks, such as in the space above the toilet seat or in the corner near the shower.
- Cabinets with Drawers – Another easy way to include more storage in the bathroom is to add drawers in the cabinets to store small knick knacks.
- Hooks – Wall and door hooks are inexpensive options to increase storage space in bathrooms. You can get them in every shape and size to match with the tiles, cabinets, and fixtures. In fact, you can also fix them inside the cabinets to make clever use of space.
Depending on the size of the bathroom, you may need to get clever in finding ways to squeeze in extra storage. Lastly, it never hurts to include locking devices on the cabinets for some added security. The tenant will be very thankful.
4. Choose Low-Maintenance Countertops
Countertops are an important part of any bathroom remodel. While there are several colors and materials that can revamp the design of your space, it is important that you select low-maintenance ones so they can last longer with minimal upkeep.
Some of the best countertop materials consider are (but are not limited to):
- Laminates – The most affordable option, there are many colors and patterns of laminates to choose from. The low-maintenance material has a non-porous solid surface and is easy to clean. Modern laminates can appear like stone and wood. Some can even pass off like granite and other natural stones!
Bonus: By choosing laminate countertops, you can eliminate the need for sealing and refinishing. Also, when it’s the time to replace them, you can do it without spending a fortune, as they are relatively easy to install!
- Glazed Ceramic – Ceramic tiles are offbeat choices for countertops. All you need to do is choose a pattern that draws attention to the sink, fixtures, and cabinetry. Heat, scratch, and moisture-resistant, glazed ceramic tiles are immensely affordable. Also, you can always replace individual tiles if they get damaged.
- Solid Surface – Solid surface is another word for man-made countertop materials. These include materials like Silestone and Corian. They can bring forth functionality and flexibility without compromising the style aspect. There are a wide variety of colors and patterns that you can opt for while installing a solid surface countertop. But the best part is that any minor damage can be easily covered up.
- Quartz – Quartz is an extremely popular option these days. It mimics granite in appearance, and in many cases, looks better! Moreover, it is tougher than granite and needs no sealing. Maintaining quartz countertops is a hassle-free process as the material is more resistant to moisture, bacteria, and stains.
Pro Tip: Before you settle for a countertop material, it’s best assess the other components in the bathroom to ensure they match up and are aesthetically pleasing.
5. Add Lots of Light
The importance of proper lighting in a bathroom cannot be understated. The lighting is what brings all the elements in the room to life.
Placing large vanity mirrors on the wall is the cheapest solution. These will not only make your bathroom look bigger, but will also reflect natural/artificial light and illuminate the entire space!
Another insider tip, which most interior designers swear by, is to replace shades with silver-tipped bulbs. These not only provide more light, but also make sure that the entire space has an aesthetic appeal. Energy-efficient, these bulbs also help you reduce the bills manifold.
You should shoot to settle for lighting options that offer at least 75-100 watts of illumination. Interestingly, the equivalent lighting options include 24-watt florescent or 20-watt LED light. If you want something that gives you greater ROI, LED lights are great options!
Investing in the bathroom of a rental or second home is one of the smartest financial decisions you can make. As a general rule of thumb, you only want to revamp the space every 10-15 years. Every move you make should keep this timeline in mind.
San Diego Kitchen Pros is no stranger to remodeling projects in rental or second home properties. The bathroom should be designed in a way that justifies the price you are asking from tenants. We ensure that every penny you contribute towards the project is spent wisely and gives you the maximum return. Whatever you need, we are here to help.