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Bathroom Bliss

Possibly the most expensive room to do a complete renovation on, the bathroom is usually number two on the home buyer’s hit list of make or break areas. If the bathrooms are not up to scratch, your saleability will go down the drain. Kelly Quinn explains.

Possibly the most expensive room to do a complete renovation on, the bathroom is usually number two on the home buyer’s hit list of make or break areas. If the bathrooms are not up to scratch, your saleability will go down the drain. Kelly Quinn explains.

A lot of the clients I have worked with underestimate the impact the bathroom makes on a perspective buyer. They think that just a quick tidy up will suffice. This is a big mistake.

As an example, I bought a house where the toilet looked like it had never been cleaned, and the bathroom needed updating. The style really wasn’t too bad, but I knew that I could use the filth and out–dated fittings to get me at least a $10,000 drop in the asking price; and I was right.

So what is important in a bathroom? Well that depends on the house. If it is a four bedroom home, then there would be the assumption that it is a family home; therefore requiring a bath, ample storage space, a good sized shower and enough room to move around in. Another bonus to the saleability of the house is to have an ensuite.

A small townhouse on the other hand may only need a small bathroom, and may not even need a bath or an ensuite. But there is one important point that you need to apply, irrespective of the size and style of the house and the bathroom: cleanliness. There is nothing more off–putting to a buyer than seeing a dirty bathroom that is in a state of disrepair. This is the room where people go to get clean; they certainly can’t do this in a dirty, poorly functioning bathroom.

Here are some cleaning tips for sale day (as well as in general):

  • Keep the room well ventilated, light and airy. This will prevent a build–up of mould, as well as prevent any paint work from peeling
  • Keep shower screens scum free, as well as opening and closing freely. Ensure there is no squeak when you open and close it
  • Keep drains free of hair and other debris; using a drain cleaner regularly will prevent blockages and horrible smells
  • Make sure there is plenty of space to hang towels
  • Keep room well ventilated
  • Keep exhaust fans clean and in good working order
  • Ensure there is adequate lighting
  • Keep mirrors sparkling clean

Don’t forget the windows! Make sure the windows, screens, tracks and sills are all clean. Ensure any window coverings are clean, modern and in good repair. In some cases, it may be advisable to remove the window coverings.

Make sure your bathroom is always clean. There is nothing more off–putting than a dirty bath or toilet. There are also some things you can do to make the bathroom more appealing for real estate photographs and open inspections:

  • Create a day spa–like atmosphere. Don’t go overboard and clutter the room, but add a few touches like nice fluffy white towels, a few scented candles or soaps, and a nice floor mat to step out of the bath on to
  • A couple of rolled up face washers or hand towels on the bench top (if space permits) adds a little bit of colour and texture, and also softens the space
  • A small vase of flowers also adds a little bit of charm
  • Replace old, worn cupboard and drawer handles with new, modern ones. This gives an instant facelift to the room
  • Update taps and faucets, and ensure there are no drips or leaks
  • Ensure the rooms smell fresh and clean. You don’t want them to smell like a chemical factory; an open window should do the trick

And most importantly: clean, clean, clean! Don’t underestimate the importance of cleanliness. One final tip is to take note of repairs; some things you may be able to tackle yourself, but other things will require the expertise of a licensed tradesperson. Remember to abide by state regulations and standards.

With a clean room, in good working order and a few finishing touches, perspective buyers will be sure to shower your home with love.

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Kelly Quinn

Kelly Quinn is an Interior Stylist and Creative Director at Aspect & Element. Her passion is for helping ordinary people create extraordinary homes by using simple but effective techniques.