If you’re looking for bathroom ideas that will give you the best return on the resale value of your home, then you’ll definitely want to consult these top tips from realtors and professional house flippers, because the most value-adding elements of bathroom design might not be what you expect. 

1. A tiling update

Gorgeous, expensive-looking tiles really do it for buyers, who are prepared to pay more for homes with exquisite tiles. Jason Gelios, (opens in new tab) an experienced realtor, author, and presenter from Michigan, says: ‘Updated tile can draw the eye in and create a comfortable and clean feeling in the space.’  Eric Kucharik, who leads a team of Realtors at Realty One Group Supreme (opens in new tab) (PA) and Realty One Group Central (NJ), agrees that up-to-date, statement tiles are highly sought after by buyers: ‘Every bathroom needs accent tile. Patterned tiles are the star of 2021. They provide a fresh twist to classic design and make your house pop.’ Want to go one step further? Invest in a fully tiled, luxurious shower. Brittany Hovsepian, owner of The Expert Home Buyers (opens in new tab), one of the premier real estate investing companies in the CSRA (Central Savannah River Area), concludes: ‘Our favorite value addition to a bathroom is a tiled (from floor to ceiling) shower with a beautiful glass door. This really makes a bathroom pop.’ See: Bathroom tile ideas - stylish looks that are both classic and timeless

2. A double sink vanity

Ellen Schwartz (opens in new tab), a Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker with Compass, says it how it is: ‘A vanity with double sinks is a must. People do not want to share sink space.’  Once a rare feature to be found only in top-of-the-range luxury home, the double sink vanity is increasingly common – and highly desired by home buyers. So keep this in mind when looking at different bathroom layout ideas for your home.  Jason confirms: ‘Twin sinks are an absolute must if you have a bathroom that is shared by one or more people on a regular basis. This really can add a lot of value and appeal to a bathroom. ’ Eric adds: ‘Besides the shower, the vanity will steal the show. Spend a little extra to upgrade the cabinetry, vanity top, and facets. It draws your eye and elevates the whole room.’

3. Heated flooring

This value-adding feature confirms what we’ve been suspecting – that people increasingly want all the comfort they can get from a bathroom, and really are prepared to pay top dollar for it. Aimee Stern (opens in new tab), Director of Estates for The Agency, advises: ‘For the ultimate indulgence, add radiant heated flooring, whether stone or natural wood, and you’ll stay cozy and warm upon emerging from a respite in a deep soaking tub.’ Bruce Cram (opens in new tab), Sales Representative for Remax, with over 20 years’ experience in real estate, says that ‘having heated floors in the bathroom is often seen as a luxury, but the cost of heated floors is minimal at several dollars per square footage. Heated flooring adds value and utility to a room and are best added while renovating.’ See: Bathroom flooring ideas – for a durable and stylish foundation underfoot

Does a home have to have a bathtub in order to sell?

Incredibly, no. Ellen explains: ‘If opting to undergo a complete bathroom renovation, where there was a bathtub, instead rebuild with a fabulous, large shower only. The shower should have shower sprays, a shower head and a great bench to sit on, so women can shave their legs. There is no need for a tub.’ Luxury double showers pop up again and again in realtors’ top three value-adding features. As Eric points out, ‘buyers love to imagine waking up to a luxurious shower.’ Hillary Landau of The Hillary’s Homes Team at Compass (opens in new tab) weighs in that most homeowners are foregoing the big built-in jacuzzis of the ‘80s for extra-large walk-in showers with multiple heads and steam.’  See: Walk in shower ideas – ways to add an element of luxury to your bathroom or wet room Of course, this doesn’t mean that tubs have suddenly become undesirable: ‘If there’s space available, they’ll add in a free-standing tub to satisfy the soak!’