Downsizing Your Home? Should You Add a Powder Room?

 

Every September, Albertan parents are left looking at their suddenly quiet home and wondering whether it makes sense to downsize now that kids have all moved out. While it’s obviously a very personal decision that each family will need to mull over for themselves, if you are choosing to sell your family home, you may want to add a powder room first.

Renovations that Count.

When you’re trying to add value to a home you’re getting ready to sell, some renovations count a lot more than others. A new porch or fancy garden may seem great to you, but a new homeowner may just see a lot of maintenance. Similarly, a pool might look like a ton of fun to you, but to the parent of a toddler it’s their worst nightmare. Safe renovations include a fresh paint job, new flooring, or updating fixtures. But the renovations that really pay for themselves are bathroom and kitchen renos.

Why a Powder Room?

Most Albertans looking to buy a home have more than one person in their family. While few want as many washrooms as there are people in the house, most Albertans would agree that it’s really handy to have at least two toilets in the home — if not more. A powder room is a very small, space efficient room with just a toilet and sink. It can easily fit in an underutilized closet or under a staircase, but ensure that the room is well lit and doesn’t feel like a dungeon. For older houses with just one bathroom, a powder room will almost certainly increase the value of your home enough to pay for the renovation. Plus the new powder room may be the tipping feature that makes a homebuyer choose your house.

If you’re downsizing and getting ready to sell your family home, you’ll want to carefully weigh the costs and benefits of all renovations. For most Albertans, a powder room is a renovation that checks out. If you’re interested in learning more about what plumbing would be necessary to create a new powder room in your house, contact your friendly Calgary plumbers at Plumbing Paramedics today.