Installing a brand new bathroom is a great way to prepare your house for sale and achieve the maximum possible sale price.
Brand new bathrooms and kitchens have the most impact on buyers during inspections, and they will certainly set your home apart from most of the properties currently for sale in the neighbourhood.
Planning to renovate a bathroom requires attention to detail and patience, however, as it is the most complex room in the home.
But updating your ensuite before putting your property on the market can also be a winning strategy that will boost your sales price.
Below are some tips for ensuites that need a little TLC.
Most ensuites are restricted in size, so don't try to pack everything into a confined area. One bathtub in a family bathroom is sufficient. Consider a slimline vanity to increase the impression of space. There are some great new designs.
Plan your layout
Designers say your shower should be at the back of the room. Make sure the fixtures that you buy will allow enough space for you to move around easily. Make sure the shower door will open without hitting any other fixture.
On the wall
You'll enjoy an extra feeling of space if you wall-mount your toilet and vanity. Exposing more of the floor will have a significant visual impact.
The surfaces of your ensuite create that all-important first impression. So it's important to get the combination and floor and wall tiles right, as well as the vanity top. Lighter tiles will give a greater sense of space.
If your ensuite is directly linked to the main bedroom, try to colour-match elements of both rooms to create a stylish effect.
Stick to neutrals
Designers will argue about this, but if you're renovating ahead of a sale, go for neutral colours and traditional designs that last the test of time. You can always keep up with fashion by updating towel colours or installing indoor plants which are all the rage right now.
The quality of your tapware can often dictate the final finish of your bathroom. Buy the best your budget will allow. Good tapware has a sense of weight. .
Full glass showers are expected these days. When ordering, you should include a couple of shelves to store shampoos. Alternatively, ask your builder to construct an alcove in the shower that the tiler will finish.
A bathroom is a complex project, requiring the services of a plumber, builder and tiler and even a small room is likely to require all three. It's essential you trust your contractors. Don't go for the cheapest quote. If there are problems down the track, the remedy could be costly.