Here in the UK we love our home improvements and are always tuning into property shows in the hope of finding new ways to add value to our homes. But with so many options to choose from, which changes are really worth the investment? According to a 2015 survey by Barclay's Mortgages, en-suite bathrooms (along with designer kitchens) are the most desirable improvements when it comes to renovating your home. With this in mind, we've put together a list of our top tips to help ensure that your bathroom is viewed as a real asset when the time comes to put your property on the market.
Increase the value of your property by up to 5%
While factors such as market conditions, the price of similar houses in the area and the overall condition of your home will all impact upon the value of your property, a new bathroom could increase this by up to 5%. In large properties, a good bathroom count is especially important. However, whatever the size of your home, the prospect of a bathroom requiring a lot of work is likely to be a turn-off to many buyers so it really is worth making your bathroom appealing to viewers by ensuring that it is clean, smart and well-maintained.
It's a "no" to the avocado suite
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the research undertaken by Barclay's Mortgages identified avocado bathroom suites as one of the features most likely to put off buyers when looking around properties! Be sure to appeal to all tastes when doing out your bathroom by keeping it simple. Features such as a set of new taps (£20), a power shower (£250-750) or a glass screen (£125) instead of a shower curtain are easy to add but can make all the difference to the appearance of the room.* It's also worth considering adding more contemporary features such as wet rooms, which have grown in popularity in recent years as an alternative to traditional bathrooms and underfloor heating, which allows you to enjoy the luxury of warm floors underfoot whilst brushing your teeth in the morning! Always think about how you can maximise your bathroom's existing storage capacity - either by adding wall-mounted cabinets or with free-standing accessories such as towel-rails and trolleys if space is tight. Finally, prevent against mould growth and help improve the longevity of grouting by installing extractor fans if currently lacking.
Always use a Quality Plumber
Tempting as it can be to save money when renovating by settling for cheap workmanship and fixtures, this really a short-sighted approach which can ultimately prevent you from realising a maximum return on your investment. In order to secure quality installations which stand the test of time, be sure to get the work done by a qualified and competent individual. To search for a list of APHC-approved contractors in your local area, visit FindAQualityPlumber.co.uk
* Figures quoted are exclusive of installation.