According to this article, and Katharine Tuckerman, when it comes time to resell, a "bathroom can make or break a deal." One of the most effective ways to increase a home's value and attract buyers is to upgrade the bathroom.
Creating a luxurious interior that promises the relaxed atmosphere of a spa will make an unforgettable impression on potential buyers. The best bathroom upgrades concentrate on streamlined designs using high-quality materials for a classic, timeless appeal and include futuristic features that can't be improved upon.
Bathrooms are often cramped so be inventive to make them as large as possible to accommodate multiple fixtures and fittings. Perhaps there is an adjacent store cupboard that could be incorporated to add vital extra inches. Alternatively, consider changing the location of the bathroom by installing it in a bedroom that's surplus to requirements or even consider building an extension.
2. Natural Materials
Floor tiles of natural stone such as granite or marble are perfect for a stylish touch of luxury. Available in a choice of subtle colours complete with a natural grain and texture, stone tiles can withstand years of hard wear and are reliably moisture resistant.
A less expensive option that still conveys a luxurious image is porcelain floor tiling. Porcelain floor tiles also have a high resistance to water damage and come in a variety of colours and patterns but aim to please buyers by choosing unobtrusive designs in neutral tones.
3. Wall Décor
Ceramic wall tiles provide a durable surface with an excellent resistance to moisture. For a contemporary elegance there are unusual designs such as layered tiles made from recycled glass. Continue the neutral colour scheme but add a bright contrast with bold accessories.
Maintain the spacious image with slim storage units with recessed handles. Choose either bespoke fitted or free-standing cupboards. Provide easy to reach shelving and tiered baskets of chrome to store cosmetics, soaps and shampoo.
LED lights are a versatile ecological choice due to their low energy consumption. Opt for spotlights, chandeliers or wall-mounted lights for clear illumination in every corner. Customisable settings are ideal for creating a diffused, relaxed atmosphere.
6. Bath versus Shower
The best bathroom upgrades for resale should have enough space for a bath and a shower. Bath tubs of stone in a choice of shapes are perfect for contemporary flair while Victorian roll-top versions are a popular alternative.
Shower cubicles present an uncluttered sophisticated image. Stylish designs include rectangular or curved units that can also be fitted into a corner. Hansa offers a wide range of concealed installation shower mixers that merged with the wall. Choosing the concealed installation mixer can give your shower cubicle a minimal and luxurious styling.
7. Ecological Devices
Potential buyers will always be impressed with ideas that protect valuable resources. Install bathroom fixtures that have water-saving devices such as an aerator for the basin that regulates the output. An economising toilet flush mechanism saves literally thousands of gallons of water every year.
8. Smart Technology
Help buyers plan for the future by including smart technology. There are shower heads with voice control, thermostats and customizable modes and sprays to suit everyone in the family. Create a spa environment with a jacuzzi bath tub with adjustable smart controls for whirlpool jet sprays that are relaxing yet invigorating.
9. Bluetooth and other Accessories
The best bathroom upgrades include functional but stylish accessories such as a mirror with built-in LED lighting and Bluetooth access points for shavers and powered toothbrushes.
Enjoy listening to favourite music while relaxing. Include wall-mounted towel rails and taps in metallic finishes such as zinc, brushed stainless steel or aluminium. Even soap dispensers can include sensors for convenience.