Remodeling your kitchen or bathroom are the most effective ways to add value to your home. According to HGTV estimates, with a kitchen remodel you can recoup from 60% – 120% of the costs, and with a bathroom remodel you can recoup from 80%-130% of expenses. Those are great returns! Many times homeowners can add value by simply upgrading older plumbing fixtures!
Many homeowners are concerned with efficiency. Upgrading older plumbing fixtures with newer, more efficient ones is a great step in increasing your home’s value. A potential home buyer most likely won’t notice the difference between an old or new toilet. But if you install an energy efficient toilet, it’ll have a greater impact on a utility bill and overall water consumption. 20 years ago, toilets used 5 gallons of water each flush, current models use only about 1.5 gallons.
Replacing shower heads is another money saver. Changing shower heads to a low-flow shower head can help you save money on your utilities and water bill. There are two types: A non-aerating one works by restricting the flow of water and then squeezing it through small holes creating a hard massaging spray of water, while an aerating shower head mixes oxygen with the water creating a softer, bubbly shower.
Replacing faucets with more modern ones, handles, and even bathtubs can all make a difference. Not only are newer models more aesthetic, but they are a quick, cost effective way to make a huge difference in the appearance of your kitchen or bathroom. When you throw in low-flow aerators to these fixtures, you’re making a cost saving addition as well!
Whatever plumbing fixtures you decide to upgrade, match them. Coordinate the materials and colors between your sprayer, faucet, handles and other fixtures in both the kitchen and bathroom. This creates a unified look. Shop our store for a do-it-yourself project, or make your selections, and McDonough Plumbing is happy to install them for you.