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Whether you want to upgrade the home you’re in or are planning to sell and want to get the most bang for your buck, remodeling is a great and exciting way to go. Since most living rooms and bedrooms tend to be relatively simple and easily spruced up with some paint and decorations, kitchens and bathrooms are the main focus of remodeling projects.
Are you planning to do only one or the other, or do you want to do both of them? Either way, you have to decide which you want to remodel first. It is possible to remodel both at the same time, but not recommended unless you have an extra kitchen and bathroom or another place to stay during the projects.
So, how do you decide which room to remodel first? Here are some factors to take into consideration.
The national average cost of remodeling a bathroom is between $5,000 and $14,000. The national average cost of remodeling a kitchen, on the other hand, is between $12,000 and $34,000. The cost of remodeling a bathroom is roughly half the cost of remodeling a kitchen. The price, of course, can vary depending on how much of the remodel you choose to do yourself (if you have the time and know-how) and what kind of materials you want to use, but if money is an issue, then remodeling the bathroom is the better option.
The more complex and intricate your project is, you’ll likely need to get permits and work with the city to make sure you’re in compliance with ordinances and regulations. Although bathrooms can get complex too, it’s typically kitchens that need the major rearrangements – it may be better to start with the less complex project, giving yourself more time to plan for the more major one.
Both kitchen and bathroom remodels are a great way to increase the value of your home. According to an HGTV article, a Baltimore bathroom remodel in 2004, costing $9,400, recouped 182% of the homeowner’s cost when the house resold. In San Diego, a minor kitchen remodel costing $15,273 returned 100% of the homeowner’s investment. Both bring a lot of value, but depending on your location and market, you may get more bang for your buck by remodeling the bathroom.
It’s likely that no matter which room you choose to do (or which you choose to do first) you’ll receive a return on your investment or be happy with the newly updated space you have. It’s important to consider, though, which one would be better in the long run.