If you in the market for a new home, you’ve probably built some filters or search criteria. In the listings you’re reviewing, you’ll often see the term half bath or a .5 by the number of bathrooms. Most likely, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms is probably a pretty important piece of your search criteria. But, did you know that following the quality of the kitchen, the number of bedrooms and the number of bathrooms are some of the things contribute most to the value of a home.
What is a Half Bath?
A half bath is often referred to as a powder room or guest bath. It is usually on the main floor of a home and generally only has a toilet and sink. The definition of a half bath is a bathroom in a private home that contains a toilet and sink but no bathtub or shower.
A half bath is typically positioned near the living room of a single level house (or main level of a multi-story house). It is mostly used by guests. This bathroom is not only more convenient for guests but provides privacy for the people who live in the home. After-all, who want’s your guests using the same bathroom that your grungy teenage son uses after basketball practice?
According to a report published by the National Association of Home Builders, the addition of a half bath can increase the value of a house by 10.5% (20% in the case of a full bathroom), provided that the house contains a 1:1 ratio of bedrooms and bathrooms. Surprisingly, converting a full bath to a half bath can also increase property value.
The study states that adding a half bath when the number of bedrooms is higher than the number of bathrooms can significantly increase the house’s value.
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