How Much is a Bathroom Worth?

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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

My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in 1994, and we thought it would be a temporary stop on our way to larger cities. He was a television sports anchor at the time, and we planned to go wherever the "next step up" took us. Twenty-plus years later, we're still here and we've loved every minute of it! We have two children now, and we've found the Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to raise a family. It's a great place to do outdoorsy things -- I like to hike Badger Mountain or run along the river path. I also love reading ... by a cozy fire in the winter or a beautiful picture window in the summer (with the A/C on!). I've been a licensed Realtor since 2004. I earned my managing broker's license in 2016, which means I can run my own brokerage, or create a team of real estate agents and supervise them, which is exactly what I did when I formed the Cari McGee Real Estate Team in 2018! We have administrative and marketing personnel, as well as additional agents to serve you. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016, became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization, and was elected to Vice President in 2019. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

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