When it comes to adding value to your property, focusing in on the bathroom and kitchen almost certainly guarantees profitable returns.
If you’re considering making your home appealing to potential buyers, then one of the first places to start is in the bathroom.
When it comes to bathroom design, what is it that most people want? Would choosing a spacious jetted tub above a soaker tub be financially beneficial in the long haul?
Wouldn’t designing your bathroom be a much easier task if you were armed with a guideline of what tickled the fancy of potential homebuyers? If you’re going to design your bathroom, get it right the first time around to avoid flushing away hard-earned money.
From as far back as the 1960s, much focus was placed on bold colours in the bathroom. Patterned wall tiles of nautical creatures and over-the-top colours were the trend, along with plastic. Plastic bathroom decor was the craze, from bold orange, olive green, mustard yellow and chocolate brown coloured toothbrushes, soap and towel holders, to thick patterned plastic shower curtains that screamed colours of the boldest nature.
As times moved on, the 1970s and early 1980s became a period when gold bathroom fixings and furnishings, such as taps, towel rails and toilet roll holders, were considered very stylish. These ostentatious gold-trimmed features were all the rage, and the bathroom decor was ‘loud’. Added to this were those once delightful bathroom suites in the colours avocado, coral pink, and chocolate brown. Bathroom colour has changed dramatically over the past few decades, and shades have become more neutral, sometimes with a hint of colour that adds a complementary vigour to the overall scheme.
So, when designing and decorating your bathroom, consider white decor, and opt for chrome fixtures and furnishings. Not only do they lend to a much more neutral palette, but they will also appeal to the majority of potential homebuyers, therefore adding to the overall value of your home.
When designing a bathroom at home, we face the dilemma of opting for the installation of either a shower or a bathtub. In both cases, design plays an important role, but this role is even bigger as far as functionality, space availability, and requirements are concerned. Fitting out a large bathroom is not the same as doing a small one, and the fact that the bathroom is used for just a person is far different from a whole family’s way of using it.
Consider installing a shower over the bath if space is limited.
A shower takes up much less space than a bathtub, and it also offers high adaptability to any space. There are shower models of all kinds of sizes, colours, designs and shapes, and access becomes much easier and faster.
Saving water is, moreover, a plus for shower installation. According to many studies, showering instead of taking a bath is a great water saver, providing that it is used responsibly.
Choosing your bathtub
The bathtub becomes the centre of attention in the bathroom, by bringing together almost the whole decorative style and, at the same time, it becomes the focus of attention. Furthermore, nowadays we can find highly contemporary minimalist bathtub designs which can delight interior design and turn it into something very exclusive and unique.
Bathroom flooring needs to withstand water and high humidity while keeping slip resistance. Most homeowners prefer floors that are also easy to clean and maintain. The best flooring types for the bathroom are more than just functional. They are also attractive and improve the home decor. Consider features such as shape, colour, texture, and material when choosing the floor for bathrooms.
Ceramic and porcelain floor tiles are a popular choice for flooring in the bathroom. Consider choosing textured tiles to help keep bathroom floors from getting slippery when wet.
Keep it clean
If you are planning to put your home on the market, inspect your bathroom for those small, generally unnoticed flaws, like mould on the silicone sealant around the bath, and even on your shower curtain if you have one. Potential homebuyers may notice these small faults, which could send them running!
It’s up to each homeowner to decide if a bathroom renovation is worth the expense. Overall, though, you can expect to get a good return on the money that you spend, plus a score on the project. If you have a bathroom that you enjoy being in, then go for it. It’s just icing on the cake that you’ll get to recoup a lot of the associated costs as well.
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Tyler McCune REALTOR® - RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Group, Kanata Office
Garett McCune REALTOR® - RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Group, Kanata Office