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Renovating your property over summer: Part 2 - bathrooms

Tue December 19, 2017

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Welcome back to the Laing+Simmons blog, where we've been publishing a series of articles outlining how you can get your property ready for the New Year. If you're thinking about selling your Sydney home, the market will start to really pick up again in late January and early February. That certainly doesn't mean you can't take a few steps now to achieve a better price when you do go on the market. One of the best strategies is to complete a few renovations, ensuring that the most important areas of your house are on trend and stand out to potential buyers. 

In the first part of this series, we looked at why the festive season is a fantastic time to renovate your property, focusing specifically on the kitchen. This time around, we'll be focusing on another critical part of the house - and a very common renovation - the bathroom. 

The average bathroom renovation in NSW costs $18,048, compared to $23,238 for redoing a kitchen.

Why renovate your bathroom?

Along with the kitchen, bathrooms are by far the most popular target for renovations, and the reasons are simple. According to Domain, the additional value that a significantly upgraded bathroom can add to a property sits at around $100,000. This can be even higher if you are adding a brand new bathroom, particularly to older properties that may be located in desirable areas, but could do with a bit of an upgrade to better suit modern life. 

Best of all, while a renovated bathroom can add enormous value to your property, the work itself is typically less expensive than other parts of the house. The 2016/17 Housing Industry of Australia Kitchens and Bathrooms report reveals that the average cost of a bathroom renovation in NSW is $18,048, compared to $23,238 for redoing a kitchen. 

However, it's worth keeping in mind that the bathroom is a complex room to renovate, particularly if you'll be making any changes to the plumbing. For this reason, it's best to get the work done by an experienced professional who you trust. Even if you're a skilled DIYer, any mistakes in the bathroom can lead to additional costs for repairing the damage, blowing your home renovation budget.

Considering a new bathroom? It's a complex job, and requires expertise. Unless you're an experienced plumber, it's best to leave complex bathroom renovations to the professionals.

2018 bathroom trends

Now, on to the fun stuff! Once you've decided to renovate your bathroom, your next step should be to decide how you want the room to look. Unlike other areas of interior design, bathroom trends tend to stay relatively consistent. This means that as long as you keep things relatively simple, your bathroom will remain on trend for years to come. Black and white finishes, fixtures and fittings are always popular, as they lend the room a simple elegance that works whether you adopt a traditional or modern look throughout the rest of the house.

The big trends in bathrooms for 2018 are largely to do with bespoke finishes, specifically marble and metal.

However, there are still plenty of opportunities to put your own unique stamp on the bathroom. In fact, adding a few flourishes to an otherwise simple space can be a great way to capture the attention of buyers. After all, most bathrooms look more or less the same, so if you can give yours something special, it will really stand out. 

The big trends in bathrooms for 2018 are largely to do with bespoke finishes, specifically marble and metal. For example, choosing copper or gold instead of standard silver for your taps is a great way to give your bathroom a special feel. Similarly, splurging on new technologies such as a digital shower (which features much more precise temperature control) can make the difference between a buyer liking your bathroom and loving it. 

In the final part of this series, we'll be looking at renovations outside the home. Until then, get in touch with the Laing+Simmons team if you have any questions about selling your Sydney property.

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