Upgraded Bathrooms Could Help Sell a Home

Thank you to Felicia Feaster with the Atlanta Journal Constitution for a terrific article on bathroom renovations.

To help celebrate the Museum of Design Atlanta’s show, “WaterDream: The Art of Bathroom Design,” AJC Homefinder recently published an article on how upgraded bathrooms can help sell a home. Our own Buckhead sales associate, Becky Morris, was interviewed for this article.

Here is part of that article:

Atlanta real estate agent Becky Morris had a comparable situation with a Brookhaven home that recently went under contract for just under $500,000. Morris attributes that quick sale in large part to the bathroom remodel homeowners Martha and Dave McNeil undertook last August, including a bubble jet tub with room for two, 83-inch frameless travertine shower, marble countertops and dual sinks.

“That bathroom really sold the house,” Morris said. The McNeil’s home spent a remarkable 21 days on the market, as opposed to the house across the street which has been on the market for the past two years and does not have updated baths.

“Buyers now are busy professionals and they are looking for move-in ready,” Morris said. “Sometimes it’s not even about recouping the cost of the renovation; it’s whether the house is going to sell at all or whether it’s going to sit on the market.

“Most lenders require at least 20 percent down, and the buyers have no money left over to make changes.”

Morris and home remodelers tick off a list of other unappealing bath features: brass faucets, framing around the shower door, brass doorknobs, outdated can lighting, large plate glass mirrors, pedestal sinks and Formica vanity tops.

Great job, Becky!

Reposted from HN Resource, Harry Norman Realtors blog: Bathroom Upgrades Could Lead to Faster Home Sale and Creating a Dream Bathroom, by Felicia Feaster, AJC Homefinder published Sunday, July 24, 2011.