How improving your bathroom adds value to your home

 

 

Im sure most people would agree that there are few things nicer than coming home after a busy day and relaxing under a hot shower or in a bubble bath. My bathroom is my sanctuary and I think it’s one of the most important rooms in my home. As it is such an integral part of a home it can add significant appeal to your house or flat, so when I saw the bathroom appliances and furniture at bathrooms.com I immediately knew how I could increase the value of my home.

 

Current housing market

For the first time since 2008 house prices show an annual rise across the UK. The Office for National Statistics detects an increase in house prices of 0.3% in May and 2.9% over the previous year. House prices have risen by 3.1% in England and by 6.6% in London compared to numbers in 2012. According to the Property Market Sentiment survey conducted by the Council of Mortgage Lenders 80% of homeowners are optimistic about house prices rising in the next six months.

Looking ahead

The numbers indicates a growing confidence in the housing market and it is a good time to make some investments that will increase the value of your home. In recent years bathrooms have become an important factor in adding appeal to your house or flat. You might think that it can be quite costly to do an entire bathroom makeover, but a recent home improvement survey has shown that a new bathroom can add up to £7850 to your home’s value. With costs of about £3500 for a bathroom remodel this can yield a good return on investment. If you’re a handy person you can save even more by doing some of the work yourself. Websites like wickes.co.uk or homebase.co.uk offer helpful advice on DIY home remodelling projects.

Affordable style

Even if you’re not looking for an entire bathroom make-over you can still increase the value of your home by almost 3% by adding or replacing a few pieces of furniture and improving basic appliances like shower heads, taps, mirrors and tiles. The growing demand for affordable design has resulted in a bigger range of well-designed products available at a lower cost, so if you choose wisely you can transform your bathroom even when you’re on a budget.

Affordable style is now easy to achieve with tips from ideas blogs like the inspiration blog on Bathrooms.com. Often including a big range of affordable, yet very well designed products they make it really easy to make good design choices. To spark your imagination they even present entire bathroom suites in various styles. I found this really inspiring because you can immediately see what an individual piece will look like in a bigger setting. They also make it very easy to find the right pieces for pretty much any style whether you’re living in a Victorian house or a minimalistic warehouse conversion.

 Bigger appeal

Adding and replacing a few bits and pieces here and there can completely transform your bathroom. Some changes that make a big difference are replacing old taps, adding a new shower head and installing a stylish glass wall instead of using a shower curtain. Spa-like features like a fixed shower head that gives you the sense of standing in a tropical rain can further enhance your little retreat. For those wishing to make bigger changes, a matching sink and bathtub will create a lasting impression. For the finishing touches you can never go wrong with adding a heated chrome towel rack and some shelves and cabinets to add more storage.

Using inspiration blogs like the one at Bathrooms.com you can easily make conscious choices that fit your budget and upgrade your bathroom to significantly 

Written by Julie Hanson

Julie is passionate about property – development, investment and portfolio planning. Along with husband Alec, Julie is actively building a property portfolio while helping others to do the same.

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