Scrub up the bath­room

Want to sell your house, but sus­pect your bath­room will be a stick­ing point for buy­ers? Con­sider a makeover.

Manawatu Standard - Property Weekly - - Property Weekly -

Most peo­ple know that the bath­room and the kitchen are the two things that can make or break a sale, and that they are also the most ex­pen­sive rooms to ren­o­vate. So if you need to spruce up your bath­room in prepa­ra­tion for the sale of your home, you will be grate­ful to learn that there are some short cuts you can take that won’t cost a for­tune.

You should start by ask­ing a ques­tion: Does it need a com­plete over­haul, or will a paint job, plus some fresh wall­pa­per, suf­fice?

To de­cide what needs up­dat­ing, work out what you see first when you walk into the room.

It’s the first im­pres­sion that counts, re­mem­ber.

If the van­ity is the first thing you see, and it needs some help, spend some money on a nice van­ity, splash­back and mir­ror. If the first thing you see is the shower, then spend some money to make that look good.

If the next most ob­vi­ous area is the floor, fol­lowed by the walls and the towel rails, this is the or­der in which you should al­lo­cate your bath­room ren­o­va­tion cash.

If the bath, van­ity or shower are old and tired, a paint-and-paper makeover may make them look even more tired. You should there­fore ac­cept the in­evitabil­ity of hav­ing to re­place them, es­pe­cially if they are any colour other than white.

For­tu­nately, by reusing some of the ex­ist­ing com­po­nents in your bath­room, you will be able to keep your costs down. The best com­po­nents to re­use are those that are neu­tral in colour and style.

If you de­cide an all-out clean-out is the only way to go, head for clean, neu­tral colours and a style that will ap­peal to 95 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion.

Eth­nic-in­spired mo­saic tiles may be your cup of tea but not ev­ery­one else’s. Save that touch for your new home.

Avoid hav­ing ev­ery­thing in white, as it’s very stark and ster­ile and can be too cold for some peo­ple’s tastes. In­stead, add a bit of depth and in­ter­est by in­tro­duc­ing one or two other light and neu­tral colours.

Make any ren­o­va­tion prac­ti­cal, to max­imise its ap­peal. But don’t go over­board. Cre­at­ing a five-star bath­room in a three-star prop­erty is a waste of time and money.

If your tar­get mar­ket is re­tirees, make sure the bath­room is func­tional for peo­ple who may have limited mo­bil­ity. Place rails be­side the bath and in other strate­gic po­si­tions, and con­sider switch­ing to a wet-floor shower to elim­i­nate a thresh­old. Bath but no shower? In­stall one over the bath­tub to make best use of the avail­able space.

If young fam­i­lies are your tar­get mar­ket, make sure there is a bath avail­able. Even a small one is bet­ter than none at all.

En­sure there is enough stor­age space for cos­met­ics and lo­tions. There is noth­ing worse than hav­ing only a shal­low wall-hung cabi­net that you can’t fit much more than a tooth­brush into.

There are slim­line tower cab­i­nets avail­able and even corner units to max­imise floor space.

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