Because you'll re-coup your costs and help your property become quicker to sell (especially if you're selling a flat) it's worth replacing any bathroom suites that are either:
The simple white 3-piece suite is quick to install (2-3 days max) and cheap (£300-500).
If into the deal you can pick-up a power shower (to go over the bath) and a glass bath screen, you'll have a bathroom that no buyer could take issue with.
Side Note - There are lots of pre-war family properties in the UK that do not have a WC upstairs.
As you can imagine this is a nightmare situation for buyers with small children. And if families are your target market, it will cut your chances of selling for the maximum price possible.
If you can install a WC into your existing bathroom - great!
If not, consider consulting a Home Stager to help reorganise your bathroom facilities).
For a quick sale, buyers need to be presented a room that's spotless.
That means you need to:
It's a lot of work selling property fast. As you can see most of the hard work (the work that makes the sale) is done by you - not the Estate Agent.
Buyers want to see a little vision of "Champneys" in your bathroom. Give it to them and you'll be rewarded because most sellers simply don't bother.
Yours will be the property that sells fast, at your asking price.
I don't know about you but my bathroom is filled (especially around the bath) with all kinds of bottles, lotions and potions.
It doesn't look pretty but my "better half" uses this stuff everyday.
When you sell, it's a different story - it all has to be out of sight.
This is because we're trying to create a stage set, one that says to buyers that, "This is more that just a bathroom - this is a spiritual experience"
Ok, that's a bit tongue in cheek but you get the idea. All of the day-to-day stuff must go.
Pack it into a plastic storage box and keep it in a bedroom cupboard if you have to. Do anything to keep all those half used shampoo bottles it out of sight!
The bathroom's going to look pretty sparse but we'll fix that with accessories later.
In the bathroom there's just one rule to follow - NO CARPET PLEASE!
Today's buyers always turn their noses up at carpet in the bathroom (and WC) so take it up and throw it away.
If you strike gold underneath and find floorboards, don't hesitate to sand, seal and stain them (or paint with waterproof nautical grade paint).
Otherwise, simply fitting a neutral coloured vinyl floor will inexpensively do the trick.
As always, a neutral paint job is best. White also works well as it heightens the feeling of freshness.
If wall tiles are cracked or missing, don't hesitate to replace them or tile straight over.
Plain white tiles are the best option and tend to be cheaper than other sorts.
All bathrooms need:
Then give the room personality by adding:
The point of all this is to convince buyers that your bathroom does not need to be totally refurbished.
Buyers will guess the cost of refurbishment and knock that cost off their offer price.
That figure is always going to be more than what the tips you've just read will cost you to apply.
If buyers feel they can happily use the bathroom from the moment they move in you'll sell your property fast.
If you need further guidance (over and above the information you'll find on this website), the following books are the best available:
There are of course tons of books out there to gain added inspiration from. Most are a bit of a let down.
They may have beautiful photos but tend to lack any really useful instruction. There are two exceptions:
If you need "design inspiration" you'll find heaps of it in either or these.
They are immediately useful - basically being instruction manuals on how to get more pleasure from your home. The information and ideas they contain will certainly help to sell your property quickly.
Collins, Readers Digest, Harry Greene - these are all solid DIY books but none come close to:
In terms of specific books on home staging, the best we've ever come across is written (unfortunately) for the American market.
Thankfully the information is just as effective over here:
This is the latest book by Barb Schwartz (the undisputed queen of home staging for over 35 years). It is pretty much the bible of home staging techniques.
The only UK based book worth anything is:
It's not as detailed as Barb Schwartz's book but it will still show you many design tricks that will help you to sell property fast, for maximum profit.
Clearing & de-cluttering you house becomes so much easier when you have the right tools.
Trying to find sturdy cardboard boxes that stack & keep your valuable belonging safe is harder than you may first think.
www.helpineedboxes.co.uk is an award winning company started by Ex-Removals professionals.. they just sell boxes.
Most of us cannot see the imperfections in our own home and may not be sure which changes will meet market expectations.
To get the answers it's possible to employ the services of a professional home staging expert who will give objective and impartial advice on changes to add wow factor and improve buyer appeal.
It's this wow factor, mainly created by low cost cosmetic changes, which gives property its best chance of enticing buyers and achieving the ceiling price.
That is, the maximum selling price which can be many thousands of pounds different from the price a buyer is willing to pay due to their perceived value.