Increase Your Home Value! 11.21.18

Tile remodeling in kitchen and bathroom

How Adding Tile To These Two Rooms Can Increase Your Home Value

I think we can all agree that fixing up an old room can dramatically increase its appeal. Not only will it impress your friends but did you know it can also increase your home value when you’re looking to sell?

Well, it turns out a proven way to increase your home value is to add new beautiful tile, flooring, and backsplash within your home.

In today’s post, you’ll learn which rooms you can upgrade to increase your resale value and why changes can often give you the biggest returns.


There is no price tag that can equate for the love for your home and the pleasure of a fresh look or upgrade. But let’s face it, when you’re wanting to sell your home you should be looking at upgrades that increase the resale value of your home, not that screened-in porch you’ve always wanted.

Why’s that?

Because some home improvement projects pay off more than others and a 2018 report by Hanley Woods Media shows that minor improvements give you a better bang-for-your-buck. And when you’re selling your home you want to keep the costs down and the profits high.

Fortunately for you, remodeling your home now can increase your own comfort and also pay off big time should you ever decide to sell your home. Alternatively, a poorly maintained property and absence of remodeling can actually decrease your home value as potential buyers are looking for a home with an upgraded look.

I’ll let you in on a little secret.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money remodeling homes these days. In fact, an article by Space Wise states the Home Features Buyers Want Most and it can be as simple as adding fresh tile, Luxury Vinyl Plank, or backsplash to your house.

Another secret is that adding these minor upgrades to just your Kitchen and Bathroom is all you need to increase your overall home value. That’s right, your kitchen and bathroom are two room renovations that can create a memorable impression and are the two rooms with the highest ROI on your home renovation project. Upgrades in the Kitchen and Bathroom go beyond simple cosmetic upgrades and create lasting value that appeals to buyers.



Tile and Backsplash Kitchen Remodeling claims the kitchen as the “Most Valuable Room”, and they would be right in saying so because people often spend more time in the kitchen than any other room (next time you’re at a party notice where everyone migrates too). Upgrading your kitchen, giving it a fresh look, and transforming it into something that appeals to buyers don’t have to complex challenges. Far from it actually, think of it more along the lines of updating and refreshing.

How do you do this you ask?

By making simple cosmetic changes like replacing the flooring and adding some backsplash behind kitchen countertops.

Kitchen Flooring

Surprisingly enough, the first thing many people notice about a home’s kitchen is their flooring. Take the photo below for example, what sticks out to you?

Kitchen Flooring Remodeling

Probably the flooring. Now there are quite a few options when it comes to adding flooring to your kitchen but to keep it simple I’ll boil it down to two, luxury vinyl plank and ceramic.

The Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP) that we source is made from a printing process where the design of a natural hardwood is printed onto a high-quality vinyl or a glass fiber sheet. This innovative process allows luxury vinyl planks to have some advantages over traditional hardwoods.

For one they are cheaper, mainly because it’s not real wood, however, this doesn’t indicate lack of quality as they usually for decades. Also, luxury vinyl planks are, what I like to call, lifeproof which makes them great for the kitchen. They are inherently waterproof and very easy to clean, all they require is regular sweeping and cleaning with a little soap and water (often only water). Another great benefit of these planks is that they come in a variety of colors, styles, and sizes to match wood, marble, or even stone.

Our second suggestion is to add ceramic tile and backsplash to your kitchen. Ceramic tile works great in high traffic areas of your home like your kitchen, and like LVP it comes in a wide variety of colors and shapes to fit any kitchen style. Ceramic tile offers many slip-resistant options and also contain these unique features:

  • Flame resistance
  • Mold, mildew, and bacteria resistance
  • Stain & scratch resistant
  • Design versatility
  • Waterproof

When properly installed, ceramic tile and backsplash can form a waterproof installation that protects your investment from the costly water damage that can occur from water leaking through joints or around edges. In a kitchen, this makes ceramic especially versatile as you can put it behind sinks, around appliances, and on the floor and have no worry about mold forming. In addition to all that these tiles are especially easy to clean, just sweep up any dust or dirt then wash with a water and cleaning solution mixture. Done!


Along with the kitchen, the bathroom is among one of the most important rooms in the house, not only for you but your guests too. Your bathroom is the one room that people analyze with scrutiny and nothing turns people potential buyers off more than a gross and outdated bathroom. Conversely, if a potential buyer walks in your bathroom and delightfully finds it clean, modern, and newly remodeled then it instantly supersedes their expectations and leaves a lasting impression. Aside from some deep cleaning before potential buyers view your house, the most important thing you can upgrade in your bathroom is new tile, backsplash, and countertops.

Bathroom flooring remodeling

Bathroom Remodeling Flooring

My best advice when thinking of what to upgrade in a bathroom is to imagine yourself in a friend’s bathroom and to take note of what you notice. Usually when you walk in you’ll notice the flooring. What color is it? Is it dirty? Shiny? Does it look new? And then when you go to use the sink you’ll casually look around and notice if there are accents around the fixture like backsplash or tile. Aside from getting new appliances, like a sink or shower, we found that flooring and backsplash upgrades are often what people notice most about a remodeled bathroom.

Porcelain tile is a popular choice when remodeling bathroom floors, and it’s for good reason. Porcelain is from the same family of Ceramic tile but there are some key differences. For one porcelain is much denser, and less porous than ceramic which means that it is more stain & water resistant. One unique feature is that it’s suitable for radiant in-floor heating, which means that you can install a heating system in your floor to keep your toes warm!

There are two basic types of porcelain tile.

Glazed: A glazed porcelain tile is coated in a hard finish that acts as a glossy layer that protects the tile. After the glaze, it also strengthens the tile making it denser. Also, they are typically colored.

Through-bodied: This style of porcelain tile is not glazed but is unique in its own way. It often is notable because of its texture with disguising chips or scratches. It is strong and durable and is suitable for floors, walls, and countertops.

All in all, porcelain is a well-rounded tile and can stand up to heavy foot traffic for decades. Porcelain is often on the more expensive side when you choose a tile, but its stunning look and finish is sure to be worth the price.


When it comes to home improvement projects, there are a countless number of ways that you can give your home a fresh look and increase your home’s value. But if you’re looking to keep the costs low use our tip to upgrade the tile and backsplash or your kitchen & bathroom. This will give you the best bang for your buck.

At Southeastern Tile Connection we have many years of design experience and a global selection of tile and backsplash. So if you’re looking to take on a project give us a call and we’ll be happy to get your project started and help you with the pick the right tile to fit your style. 910-799-5565

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