They say the kitchen's the heart of a home. It also speaks to most buyers' hearts when they look at a Tucson home to purchase. Tired of the dated look of your property? Thinking about putting it on the market soon? You may want to invest in a bit of updating. But where should you put your remodeling dollars to make the most impact at sale time? Here are the top three most popular room remodels (and their average cost).
Most Popular Room Remodels
Kitchens can either make or break many sales. That explains why it's the #1 most popular room remodel. Recent tariff increases on imports also make this one of the costlier rooms to remodel. According to Houzz.com, 28% of homeowners remodeled their kitchens last year at an average cost of $14,000. With new tariffs imposed, expect those costs to increase by around 10%. Homeowners chose newer energy-efficient, stainless steel appliances to replace outdated ones. Open shelving mixed with closed cabinets appears to currently be on-trend. So do vintage fixtures (think "country chic").
The second most popular room remodel in homes last year was the guest bathroom. Approximately 25% of the homeowners that remodeled their properties last year chose the guest bathroom at an average cost of $3500. Much more manageable budget-wise than a kitchen remodel, the guest bathroom should be pleasing to the eye as well as functional. In here, welcome a designer's touch. A beautiful mirror, stylish light fixtures, updated faucet, and pedestal sink are nice. Make sure you include storage area to keep toiletries, cleaners, and other items out of view when not in use.
Finally, coming in at 22% of the total room remodels performed last year...the master bathroom. Buyers love kitchens and master suites. So, these are both great rooms to put your remodeling budget to work. On average, homeowners spent around $8000 for this project. Spa-inspired design with soft, soothing colors ranks high with buyers. Smart-home features do as well, such as a wifi-enabled system that controls water temperature and duration and a water-saving showerhead. Check with your local home improvement store for ideas.
Rebecca Schulte, Schulte Real Estate Group, Your Source for Tucson Real Estate