Should you remodel your kitchen or your bathroom?

 

The Ultimate Home Remodel Showdown

 

 

Kitchen

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Bathroom

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The debate over whether you should choose to remodel your kitchen or your bathroom will continue to rage on for years, but there is no doubt that doing either of these projects will help the resale value of your home & also add to your enjoyment of the property.


52% of real estate professionals view the kitchen as the most important room in the home while 42% said it was the bathroom and for good reason!


Whether it is feeding ourselves & socializing with friends/family in the kitchen or tending to our own personal cleanliness & well-being in the bathroom, these rooms are vital to our daily lives.


The problem for sellers today is that buyers continue to be increasingly informed about renovations & the associated costs, so having a kitchen or bathroom that needs a major remodel instantly starts putting dollar signs in their head!

There are 4 major factors that affect any home renovation

1.) Cost

2.) Time Frame

3.) Resale value

4.) Lifestyle impact

(This applies to all home renovations, but especially so when talking about kitchen or bathroom remodels.)


Cost

This is probably the part that scares most people off from even undertaking a kitchen or bathroom remodel.

Undergoing either one of these projects is going to take quite a bit of money to complete, however the kitchen will always be the more costly option solely based on the fact that it typically takes up more room in the house which obviously necessitates more materials & labour to complete.

Luckily many of the costs are closely tracked & we are able too get a good estimate on how much it will cost you to undertake either project

Bathroom

Mid-range Remodel | Cost: $26,855 (Canadian) | Resale value: $18,039 | Cost Recouped: 67.2%
Upscale Remodel | Cost: $85,146 | Resale value: $51,227 | Cost Recouped: 60.2%


Kitchen

Mid-range Remodel | Cost: $87,037 (Canadian) | Resale value: $54,083 | Cost Recouped: 62.1%
Upscale Remodel | Cost: $172,994 | Resale value: $67,355 | Cost Recouped: 59.7%

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Time Frame

The time frame for each given project will vary depending on the size of your home & the scale of the remodelling that needs to be done.

Typically you can expect it to take roughly 2-3 weeks to complete a bathroom.

If you were planning to completely move around the piping & reconfigure the room, you should add some additional time to accommodate this extra work.

For a kitchen, you need to set aside waaaay more time. In theory, if everything is perfect & the stars align just right, you could do a remodel in 1 month.

HOWEVER, you should realistically put aside 2-6 months just to be safe as it’s more likely than not that you will come across some unknown issues while tearing up & redoing your kitchen.

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Resale Value

As highlighted in the cost section earlier, you can expect to see roughly 67% of the cost recouped when you undergo a mid-range bathroom renovation which is slightly more than you get back from a mid-range kitchen remodel (62%).

While the cost recouped is quite similar, many experts would advise to choose a kitchen remodel as you are going to recoup roughly the same proportion of money back, HOWEVER the impact that a well-done kitchen remodel can have on a potential buyer is much greater than that of a bathroom.

There are several reasons for this but the main one is that the kitchen is normally one of the most photographed/promoted rooms in a home when going to sell a property.

It’s easier to sell someone on a vision of entertaining people in their brand new, shiny kitchen.

It’s a bit harder to get them to visualize pooping in that newly renovated bathroom you just completed.

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Lifestyle Impact

Unfortunately it doesn’t matter whether you choose a bathroom or kitchen to remodel, there is going to be an impact on your lifestyle one way or another!

No kitchen = no big meals at home

If you are undergoing a major kitchen renovation that is going to take 2-6 months, you are going to have to get used to not cooking large meals as you won’t have any major appliances or space to do so!

There are some great alternative cooking options like air fryers, toaster ovens, microwaves, slow cookers + plenty of other smaller appliances that will allow you to make some meals at home.

Don’t feel like cooking?

Try UberEats, Foodora, Ritual, DoorDash or any of the numerous other delivery services that operate all over the GTA!


No bathroom = no easy way to clean yourself/do your business

If you remodel your bathroom, you lose your bath, shower, sink & toilet in the process.

This can obviously make things a bit tricky, especially if you only have one bathroom in your house!

Should you find yourself in this situation, you can always sign up for a gym membership that has washroom facilities you can use!

Need to have a toilet at home but don’t want to bring in extra plumping for it?

Check out the Nature’s Head Composting toilet!

This is a fantastic natural way to take care of your waste needs & it doesn’t have any smell to it.

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Are you planning a kitchen or bathroom remodel soon?

Let us know what you have planned in the comments section down below :)