If you’ve landed on this page, it means you’re wondering whether it’s time to update your bathroom.
Bathroom updates aren’t something that happen all too often and can be a costly job. But as the years go by, things can start to rust, break or, you simply might just hate the décor of your bathroom as seasons change.
Key Signs Your Bathroom Needs an Update
- If you’re thinking about selling your property, a nice bathroom will add to the value of your home.
- Most of your bathroom products have extreme wear and tear damage.
- Your bathroom is looking extremely outdated.
How Often Should You Update Your Bathroom?
Experts at LT Plumbing say you should update your bathroom every 7 -10 years. This is based on the general lifespan of bathroom products as they can become damaged through wear and tear. This is also based around trends, opting for neutral, timeless colours will avoid your bathroom looking dated or ‘out of fashion’ quick.
Of course, this is only a suggested estimate and bathroom products can last much longer.
Big Bathroom Shop has industry leading guarantees on all our products for long lasting durability – we do spoil you!
Continue reading this article to find out how often even the of bathroom products should be replaced such as bath mats and toothbrushes – it will shock you!
If It’s Falling Apart – It Needs An Update
If you’ve had the same bathroom for over 7 years, things can start to stop working, rusting, leaking and other annoying wear and tear. As we mentioned above, the lifetime span of a bathroom, on average, tends to be between 7-10 years.
Of course, if looked after well and you’re happy with your décor. There’s no reason to say you can’t wait longer to update.
We all know, a new bathroom isn’t cheap. It’s a costly project, so we would always suggest keeping the bath and vanity unit as long as possible and spend less by only updating your fixtures and fittings.
For example, in the last few years black taps and showers have completely knocked chrome off the favourite finish shelf. So instead of ripping out your entire bathroom, why not just upgrade to a more fashionable finish and style?
If You Are Thinking About Selling Your Home, You May Need to Update Your Bathroom.
When selling your home, you want to get the most you can for it and believe it or not, a fresh, new bathroom will add more value for your home.
According to Property Market, ‘29% of homes sold in 2019 had a new bathroom fitted, so a full update might be the key to selling fast and earning more.’
Given that the Kitchen & Bathroom is one of the most important rooms, it should be the first space you want to tackle updating before putting your home on the market.
Resi, states ‘Typically, bathrooms have the potential to add between 4-5% onto your home’s value’.
We know what you’re thinking, ‘why would I spend thousands on a new bathroom, I won’t even be using’ and we understand your dismay.
But a new suite will be a huge selling point for selling your home and can even increase the price.
That being said, we will always provide you with some tips on how to keep the price down whilst making sure your bathroom is show stopping brilliant:
- Keep your existing layout, moving sanitary ware such as baths or toilets would mean relocating pipes, which would add cost.
- If your bathroom furniture is in good condition, focus on only updating the walls/ floors. This could be adding a lick of paint (keep the colours muted/ neutral) or changing the floor tiles.
- If your bathroom is big enough, make sure you include a shower/bath. This will appeal to families with small children.
If You Don’t Like Your Bathroom, It’s Time to Update/ Renovate.
Perhaps you might have moved into your home some time ago and only just managed to get the money together to renovate the bathroom that never really fit your style.
Now, is the perfect time to start that bathroom renovation. Especially if this is a home you are planning to stay in for the next 30 years!
Depending on your budget there are a few products we would recommend you include in your bathroom. They are this season’s must haves!
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‘So, how often should we update other aspects of our bathroom?’, I hear you ask. Of course we have the answers for the smaller changes…
How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush?
Changing your toothbrush is not something people do often enough. Resulting in your toothbrush becoming less effective and covered in bacteria.
A survey conducted by Carisbrook Dental, found that Woman change their toothbrush twice as often as men.
Experts from Oral B recommend changing your toothbrush every three months. Over time your toothbrush bristles will become frayed. Worn out bristles will be harsher on your gums and will not clean your teeth properly.
How Often Should You Update Your Shower Curtain or Bath Mat?
Depending on what your bath mat is made of, they generally they last up to 2 years. That is of course depending on how often you wash them.
As you can imagine they gather a lot of dirt and dust, so it’s important to wash them every week to keep them bacteria free.
The job of a bathmat is to catch the water from our bodies when we step out of the shower, so it’s inevitable they will get extremely wet. Therefore, it’s extremely important to always allow your bath mat to dry out after every use.
You can either pop them on your towel rail or radiator to keep them dry and toasty warm.
Shower curtains are notorious for collecting bacteria that can often turn into mould – we’ve all been there.
To avoid this from happening, make sure you scrub the curtain – this is a good option for plastic liner shower curtains, or pop it in the washing machine if made from fabric.
As soon as your shower curtain starts to look grubby or smelly, try to replace it every few months.
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.