Here’s an interesting exercise for you if you’re thinking of selling your home… imagine you’re a potential buyer of your own property.
If you’d look at the bathroom and think: “Well, that will have to be replaced” then that’s got to be a bad thing.
Buyers are likely to find a shabby bathroom more off-putting than other flaws like untidiness (they know you’ll be taking everything with you) and even dirty carpets, an overgrown garden or walls that need painting, because these are seen as simple jobs they can do themselves.
The thing is, installing a new bathroom is a major hassle that new property owners would rather not have to deal with.
They’re going to have all the upheaval of moving in their furniture and all the admin that comes with changing address and the last thing they want is to be calling plumbers and having the mess and inconvenience of a bathroom installation as well.
That’s why fitting a new bathroom is a particularly savvy home improvement to make before you put your house on the market.You take on the hassle and it’s very likely that you’ll get back more than you spend when you sell up.
Buyers will be much more attracted to a property that already has a stylish, clean and well-laid out bathroom than one with a dodgy avocado suite, peeling wallpaper and mould. Eugh!
Now, if I was a buyer, and I saw a property on the market for say £200,000 that had a disgusting mould-ridden bathroom with an old, chipped bath, stained sink and toilet and little space for anything, and then I saw another property for £210,000 which had a gorgeous, up-to-date, neutral bathroom like the one on the right… well, I know for sure which one I would pick.
So installing a new bathroom really can mean that your is the property that sell instantly, with others languishing on the market.
And the thing is, a new bathroom needn’t cost you that much at all. At BathEmpire we have baths from as little as £219.99, roll top baths from £249.99, full-sized sinks from £59.99, shower enclosures from £129.99 and toilets from £69.99.
Your property particulars can mention that a new bathroom has been installed and the photographs of your property on-line will be much more appealing.
As any interior designer will tell you, if it’s saleability that you’re after you can’t really beat a plain white suite – that way the buyer can stamp his or her own personality on the room without too much difficulty.
Sure, a gold bathtub or a grey suite might be trendy, but if it alienates even 25% of your potential market, then you may end up taking longer to sell, or having to drop your price.
So install a plain white bathroom suite from BathEmpire; use tiles in neutral tones such as stone, slate or white; dress the room with simple accessories such as fluffy white towels and bathrobes and a vase of flowers, then sit back and watch the offers come rolling in.
When you get to your new property visit us again – we know you’re going to want to recreate the look!
For sale image courtesy of efffective.com