When purchasing a property, a buyer will look at it as a whole. However, there will always be one or two areas of a house that a buyer will look at more closely. The bathroom is one of these areas. People spend a lot of time in the bathroom, especially if they have young children. It is considered as a room where you can unwind, refresh and get clean. It’s also one of the key rooms that guests will use so making sure it is impressive rather than embarrassing is pretty key.
If you want to sell your house fast, you might not want to invest a lot of money in upgrading the bathroom. There are some simple things you can do to make the most of it without it costing the earth. Here are our suggestions:
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The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the house so it can become dirty easily. Using cleaning tips will help make sure you keep on top of things like mildew and any marks from toiletries. Specialist bathroom cleaning products aren’t expensive and, if used regularly, will help to minimise dirt and keep on top of mould. If you have any loose tiles or grout missing, you should repair these and make sure the bath and any shower units are sealed adequately. Use a toothbrush to keep grouting clean and regularly polish any chrome fittings so that they shine.
Bold, bright colour schemes that you love, may not appeal to a buyer. With bathroom décor, the more neutral the better. Go for white, grey or cream to make the room seem bright, airy and clean. Use clever storage ideas to clear away clutter and show off space. Fix any peeling paint or damaged wallpaper so the room looks like it doesn’t need updating.
Simple touches will have a big impact when potential buyers are looking at your bathroom. Place crisp, clean towels in the rack and dot a few fancy toiletries around. Clean any mirrors you already have in the bathroom and position them near a window or under any lighting to add a sense of space. Replace any missing lightbulbs and opt for a bright glow as it will make everything sparkle.
You don’t have to be an expert to carry out some basic DIY. Things like replacing a doorknob or cleaning the extractor fan and vents, are things you can easily do yourself without any help. Tighten any leaking taps, replace sealant round fixtures and fittings and make sure the plumbing seems to be working efficiently. If in doubt, get an expert in.
If you have a bit of budget then you might want to add a few luxury details that could improve your house valuation. Things like underfloor heating, a wet room, waterfall shower head and his and hers sinks will definitely be appealing to a buyer. However, these additions need to be things you can realistically make back via the house sale and shouldn’t leave you out of pocket.
A nice bathroom or a potentially nice bathroom can be essential to prospective buyers – so try your best to improve your bathroom before selling. If you’re finding yourself getting the interest but not sealing the deal, it could be down to your bathroom. For more expert advice on your property or help with selling, visit The Property Buying Company for a stress-free experience.
Rikki has a passion for interior design and an even bigger passion for writing about it. When she isn’t writing about gorgeous bathroom interiors, you’ll find her discovering all of the latest trends.