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From Pink to Done in Days

The bathroom renovation in our Levitt-built Crofton home took 12 years to start and 12 days to finish. 

Updating the baths, kitchens, flooring, interior doors, and trim of the 60’s and 70’s-built Crofton homes is either already “done” or on the to-do list of everyone I know in Crofton and Bowie.  Doors and trim are inexpensive, if done over time, and fairly easy to do yourself (as we have) – but kitchens and baths are another story.

As a real estate agent, I know better than most how important these rooms are in resale.  According to the 2008 Cost vs. Value Report, the return on investment is about 75% – but that’s assuming you pay their quoted cost of about $16,000+ for your bath update and $56,000+ on your kitchen remodeling.  We haven’t spent half that, in either case, which means our profit should be about 25%… and we get to enjoy it in the meantime. 

Our bathroom project involved a home improvement contractor moving walls and framing new doors to extend our downstairs bath more than two feet into the hall – not just replacing fixtures and tile – and it still didn’t cost us half of the amount quoted in the report and used for estimating the return on dollars spent.

By the way, if you’re a first-time homebuyer in Crofton, that $8,000 tax credit could be enough for a complete bathroom update in your home.

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