The real estate market in Chicago has slowed down in 2014, with sales decreasing over the past few months. With sales moving at a slow pace, now may not be the best time to put a “For Sale” sign on your home. However, if you must sell your home in the near future, there are several ways to increase the desirability of your house and increase its value at the same time. One such way is by adding a bathroom.

how to plan the perfect half bath

Having several elegant bathrooms is always near the top of a homebuyer’s wish list, especially if he or she plans to have extended family members living in the same house, or plan to invite guests frequently. At the same time, Remodeling Magazine’s 2014 Cost vs Value report states that adding a bathroom to a home in the Chicago area yields a 74.7 percent ROI.


As you can see, adding a bathroom can help you sell your home faster. If you opt to have bathroom remodeling in Chicago, here are a few tips you should keep in mind:


The Right Size


Bigger isn’t always better; but bigger is always more expensive. Adding a half bath can yield the same ROI for a fraction of the cost of adding a full bath. The best part is that your home is likely to have more than a few areas where a half bath can be added. An article from This Old House Magazine explains further:


“A half bath needn’t be large. You will have enough space if you can find a spot in your house that’s about 3 to 4 feet wide and 6 to 8 feet long. If it’s any smaller, it will be uncomfortable for people to access. A larger half bath is unnecessary, and it’s not likely that you’d find that much “extra” unused space in your house.”


Spaces that fit the bill include your basement and the empty space underneath a staircase. For a more accurate measure, you should ask trusted Chicago bathroom remodeling contractors like DAL Builders to come take a look at your floor plan to see where the best place for a half bath would be.


Proximity to Exterior Walls


There is a good chance that your contractor will identify several ideal areas for a half bath. When presented with options, try to choose a section that is close to the exterior walls.


The reason for this is ventilation. Ventilation exhausts should always be located on the exterior of the house (you’d be surprised how many people make this mistake). It would be less expensive to install a ventilation system that is already near the exterior wall.


(Source: How to Plan the Perfect Half Bath; This Old House Magazine)

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