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I’m on floor today.

Read that sentence again.  I did NOT say I was on the floor today, I’m simply on floor.  That means I am available for a couple hours to answer any calls that come in from random people wanting to know more info about a house they drive by, or if someone walks into the office with real estate-related questions.

So someone called and asked about a house he saw in his neighborhood.  I told him it was offered at $119,500 and had 3 bedrooms and 1 bath and no garage.  He asked me how much the same house with another bathroom would be worth.  I told him, depending upon condition and size and other factors, it could bring up to $5,000 more.  The house itself might be worth up to $10,000 more, if it’s in better condition than the house he originally asked about, or larger, and had the two bathrooms.

The caller exclaimed – “How do people live with just one bathroom?  Do they have children? A bathroom’s gotta be worth more than $10,000!”

Note: I actually said a bathroom brings about $5,000 more to the price of a home, but he heard what he wanted to hear – the higher number.

I explained that we add about $500-$1,000 per bathroom fixture when determining the value of a bathroom. A sink and a toilet are givens, and are valued at about $1,000-$2,000 at the beginning.  Then it’s between $500 and $1,000 for a shower and the same for a tub. Floor and counter-top treatments, size of the room, extra-special features, all factor in to the final price figure.

The man started to chuckle and hung up still laughing, saying, “It’s ridiculous.  A bathroom is worth a hell of a lot more than that.”

Now, if I have to GO, then yes, a bathroom is worth a TON of money.  But as far as a house’s value is concerned, it’s a pretty standard number.  Hysterical laughter from someone else notwithstanding.

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Cari McGee

Hi, I'm Cari McGee. 👋 I've lived in the Tri-Cities since 1994 and I've been a licensed Realtor® since 2004. That's a lot of local knowledge and real estate experience that I put into every article you read on my website! We've helped more than 560 families buy or sell property in the Tri-Cities. In 2023, our community voted us the bronze winner for Best Real Estate Team in the Tri-Cities Best voting. Learn more about me by clicking the link right above. And if you have any questions, get in touch anytime!

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