The Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes To Avoid When Preparing Your Denver Home For Sale - Denver Lifestyle and Real Estate by Libby Levinson

The Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes To Avoid When Preparing Your Denver Home For Sale

The Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes To Avoid When Preparing Your Denver Home For Sale

Are You Ready to Put Your Home on the Market?

Let’s Start With the Bathroom!


The bathroom is the second most common room to be remodeled next to the kitchen. Furthermore, Home Advisor reports that homeowners in Colorado spend an average of $10,286 updating their flooring, bathroom suite, and lighting.  The hope is that it will improve the value of their property before putting it on the market. But, when it comes to selling your Denver property, it’s best to avoid making these common bathroom renovation mistakes.

Going over budget

A new midrange bathroom will cost you around $19,000. A top of the range remodel can cost as much as $61,000 depending on the size of your bathroom. Thankfully, when your home sells, you can generally expect a return on your investment. That’s only if you stick to your budget – choose current finishes that air towards the neutral side of things. If you overdo your remodel by installing a double walk-in shower, heated flooring, and jacuzzi bathtub, you will likely not see such an impressive return. So, make sure you set a reasonable budget and stick to it to yield the best results. Have questions about your remodel? I would be happy to help answer any questions or give my input.

 Poor ventilation 

Damp condition can build up in a bathroom where there is no or poor ventilation. This may lead to the growth of mold which you will need to address if you know about the condition, or if it is discovered during the buyer’s inspection. This can derail the home sale as mold spores can cause illnesses and health concerns. Home buyers will want existing damp areas addressed and adequate ventilation installed before signing on the dotted line. So, save yourself the cost and hassle by installing an exhaust fan during your bathroom remodel project.

Ripping out the bathtub 

90% of Americans prefer showers to baths, reports Daily Infographic. As a result, an increasing number of homeowners are ripping out their bathtubs to create more space for their showers. Forbes states that of the 27% who removed their bathtub in 2017, just 78% had a bathtub elsewhere in the home. When you’re keen to sell your Denver property, you want to ensure your home is as appealing to as many people as possible. It’s, therefore, wise to keep a bathtub as these are more favorable to families with small children, individuals with long-term illnesses, as well as Colorado’s growing aging population due to them having conditions, such as arthritis.

If you recall from a previous post, at the end of last year I discovered a slow leak from a toilet that resulted in mold growth in my home. Ultimately, I had to gut the entire bathroom and open up the walls and ceiling in my basement in order to properly perform air tests and mitigate the mold. Thankfully insurance covered the bulk of the repairs; all said and done, my bathroom remodel was one heck of a project.

I took my own advice and installed a new bathtub as opposed to replacing the tub with a shower which was appealing. My thought process was that I have a full-walk in shower in another bathroom, and I felt it was important that my house remain marketable to the most amount of buyers when the time comes to sell. I did upgrade a bit and opted for a larger and deeper tub than the original.

It’s common for homeowners to remodel the bathroom of their Denver home before putting it on the market. However, there are costly mistakes which you should avoid, including going over your allocated budget, failing to install ventilation, and ripping out the bathtub. If you have any questions about what else you should consider when renovating a bathroom I’m here and happy to help however I can!

Note: Co-written with Jennifer Dawson.

Libby Levinson is a born and raised Denver native who has spent time in all of Denver’s historic neighborhoods as well as the numerous suburbs surrounding the metro area. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of Denver and her love for the Mile High City with her clients. Libby proudly joined Kentwood Real Estate in 2006. Libby has had the pleasure of helping a variety of clients navigate their real estate transactions: helping first time buyers find their starter home, coordinating the synchronized sale and purchase for buyers looking for more space, sellers looking to down-size, and assisting sophisticated investors with their next investment opportunity. Libby is known for her ability to smoothly facilitate the complex details of both the buying and selling process. You can see Libby featured in 5280 Magazine and the 2017 Kentwood television commercial on her website at