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