Not only are bathrooms intended to serve an entirely functional purpose, but they are one of the most important rooms within your home. This is the reason why a renovation may soon be in order. Although there is no doubt that such a project will increase its overall aesthetic appeal, were you aware that remodelling your bathroom is capable of substantially increasing the value of your home? Let’s look at a some expert recommendations if you are hoping to get the most out of your money.
A Colourful Personality
If you plan to place your home on the market in the near future, it is best to stick with a neutral bathroom colour scheme. Off-white and grey semi-gloss paint are some common options. However, it could also be a good idea to experiment with soft pastel tones. These will provide and extra sense of organic warmth to the bathroom. Let us not fail to mention that coordinating the overall colour scheme with matching accessories such as towels and bath mats will add an extra sense of visual balance; enabling your home to fetch a slightly higher price.
The Power of Space
Spacious bathrooms are always attractive to buyers thanks to their bespoke sense of comfort. There are two main ways to tackle such a project. The first involves increasing the interior space of an existing bathroom (providing that you are not required to undertake a significant amount of costly work). Another alternative is to convert a smaller room within your home (such as a closet) into an en-suite bathroom. This will attract families who are looking to buy, as two or more bathrooms are extremely convenient.
Extra Storage Space
We are all aware that bathrooms can become extremely cluttered; particularly if they are used by a number of people on a daily basis. This is why creating additional storage space is a critical recommendation. Purchasing additional shelves, constructing a unit designed to fit into small space and even adding storage options within an existing shower enclosure are all viable options. However, be sure that the structures themselves are meant to be used within a moist environment in order to extend their lifespan. Many home buyers consider an ample amount of storage space one of the most important metrics when purchasing a home.
Upgrade Existing Hardware
Old and out-of-date bathrooms are hardly appealing to the buyer and they can even detract from the perceived value of your entire home. This is why it is prudent to consider upgrading traditional areas such as toilets, baths and shower enclosures. Most likely it’s time to replace your old toilet with a one-piece toilet with dual flush to make it more valuable. Walk-in showers have become extremely popular due to their rather small footprint while cast iron bathtubs have been reappearing on the market in recent years. Of course, try to match the style and design of these areas with the existing accessories throughout your bathroom. It is also wise to mention that even small changes (if you happen to be on a budget) can have a listing impact. Some other upgrades can include:
- Replacing sink taps.
- Updating any thermostatic valves.
- Installing new pipework.
- Upgrading to a “rainfall” shower head.
As numerous styles and configurations exist, there is no doubt that you will find what you are looking for.
Adding a Secondary Sink
Providing a bathroom with two sinks is another sure-fire way to attract buyers. The presence of two sinks will attract families wishing to purchase a home. The good news is that this does not normally require a great deal of space. Furthermore, it is often possible to choose tandem designs which utilise the existing pipework; saving a significant amount of money in terms of time and labour.
These are five of the most effective ways to add value to your home through a bathroom renovation. If you are looking to place your property on the market in the not-so-distant future, tools such as this by PPA can provide you with a realistic valuation so that much of the guesswork is taken out of the process. Of course, you can likewise contact one of our representatives to learn more or if you have any other questions that you would like to have addressed.