One of the first questions that I ask when quoting on a bathroom renovation is why are you renovating. I ask this to understand the clients needs and what they are trying to achieve. A common answer, especially in Perth, might be water damage from rising dampness or an elderly loved one is struggling to get in and out of a shower bath. These types of renovations all have different needs which lead us to renovating your bathroom focusing on resale. With resale, you are thinking about the needs of a future stranger so its important to go as broad as possible. When you are trying to anticipate what is the right way to renovate the bathroom you can the most simple way of looking at it is you are hoping the person will say to themselves "I can live with that bathroom" and not "I can't live with that bathroom we need $30k to renovate it" now that's very high and its a thought that can run through the mind when you are talking yourself out of buying a place. Below is a guide of 3 ideas I believe will help in the resale of your home when renovating your bathroom from 20 years of doing this.
Buyers are drawn to ensuites.
Kids don't by homes adults do so decisions are in the hands of people who care about the environment where they sleep. Renovating an ensuite is always great money well spent especially if you can install a freestanding bath as your buyers can envision themselves relaxing is this deep tub with a glass of wine. You want them to want it or at least see themselves being able to live with it for a while. Where possible use open walk-in showers. Showers without steps that are an open appeal to anyone with a disability or hates cleaning!
Below is an example of a ensuite that we have renovated to show an example of a great resale ensuite. The features are a massive walk in shower, almost ceiling height mirror cabinets, floating vanity to create space and a shower niche to nail home the storage aspect. You can see from the before it was an ensuite that was cluttered and tiny feeling.
Show me the storage
A vanity with storage is key for new buyers. People love storage I have said it a million times we horde things so we need a place to put them. Hidden storage is the key though as you want to hide as much as you can behind nice clean looking doors. Too many shelves, soap dishes or random wall items will make the room look cluttered. Stay away from pedestal basins and no benchtop where possible as people hate these with a passion.
I love the person maybe not the taste.
You should not put your personality into a house your selling unless you need to. When it comes to resale value, you always want to keep the major elements clean and simple. Stick with neutral colours. Quirky tiling is no go zone as the more personal you make the room to your needs the more it will alienate potential buyers. I personally love encaustic tiles and herringbone finishes because they look beautiful in person but are not always loved by all. Below is a modern concept that we do that people love or hate. Which you want to avoid those types of feelings at all costs.
This is not groundbreaking but if you're not selling tomorrow than why not incorporate lighting you love or adding plant elements. Envision a beautiful canvas that you can add colour to with towels or ornaments instead of a permanent item that you love but not everyone else does.
So lastly I would like to say always renovate with your needs in mind I know that sounds like I'm going against everything I said but if you renovating a bathroom you have no idea how long you are living there then get rid of that bath you never use or have that second basin you always wanted because you never truly know what the next buyer will want but you know what you want. Below is a final example of bathroom renovation we completed in Bibra Lake. The owners have gone for a neutral floor that is great for hiding dirt, light walls, great storage options and use of space that you can add to add your own flavour.
It's important to note that all our advice is general in nature and all bathrooms are unique so always speak to your local qualified tradesman for the best advice. At on the ball bathrooms we love feedback so let us know what you think with a comment below or if you are looking for a bathroom renovation quote and live in Perth, Western Australia contact us on 0419964678 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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