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What To Consider When Renovating A Bathroom


It’s often said that the bathroom can make or break a sale. So if you can make your buyers fall in love with this room, there’s a good chance they may be sold on the entire property.

But why are bathrooms so important?

Apart from the obvious washing facilities they hold, a bathroom is a much utilised room by friends, relatives and other visitors. The state of your bathroom says a lot about you, so it goes without saying that people want a stylish one that’s going to impress.

Taking into consideration that a smart bathroom renovation can add considerable value to your home, it’s worth thinking about giving yours the wow factor.


Should I renovate?

Yes, if you have the budget for it, and your current bathroom is tired and outdated, you should definitely consider it. A bathroom renovation is one of the rooms that will give you the biggest bang for your buck when you sell.

But you don’t need to throw exorbitant amounts of money at renovating a bathroom to get a decent return. Overcapitalising on a bathroom renovation is a common mistake that people make.


While a $65,000 bathroom ala The Block might look lavish, filling your bathroom with expensive gold taps and floor-to-ceiling tiles may not be everyone’s cup of tea. In fact, it might put people off if it’s not in keeping with the rest of the house or what people want.

Have a chat with your agent about what potential buyers in your neighbourhood might be looking for in terms of bathroom features. If it’s a family orientated area, water efficient fixtures will be top of their list along with storage space. If it’s an area dominated by wealthy couples then they’ll be impressed by luxury details like spa jets in the bathtub, underfloor heating and his & hers sinks.


How much will it cost?

The cost of renovating a bathroom can depend on a number of variables, such as the size of the area and the quality of the fixtures and fittings you choose.

Not surprisingly small bathrooms are less expensive to renovate than larger bathrooms due to the fact they have less square footage. They also require less materials, such as tiles, to fit them out. But if you have a larger bathroom you still don’t have to go overboard.


According to the cost of a medium-sized bathroom renovation could be either:

  • Budget: $14,773
  • Standard: $17,763
  • Premium: $25,340.

While the labour cost stays the same in all three scenarios ($12,288), the price of the fixtures, fitting and materials vary markedly. Instead of having a $3,000 bathtub you could install one that’s only $300 and no one would probably know the difference.

You need to determine what will pull the right emotional levers with buyers - high end fixtures and a spa-like retreat or lower end fixtures and a clean, uncluttered ambience.

The general rule of thumb with costing out bathroom renovations is to stick to 2% to 3% of the property value, and consider whether the renovation makes sense financially.


Create a spa-like retreat


If you think your buyers are after a spa-like retreat then staging your bathroom properly once it’s renovated can also make a huge difference to how buyers perceive it.

You could pay for a professional home stager but if you’re doing bathroom renovations on a budget it’s easy enough to create a spa-like ambience yourself. You’ll need to:

  • Clear out personal items & clutter
  • Neatly hang or fold a few plush towels in neutral shades
  • Display good brand hand wash
  • Add a plant or fresh flowers
  • Arrange and light some scented candles
  • Polish the mirror
  • Keep the toilet seat closed.

Check out Houzz for some more beautiful bathroom staging ideas.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading Bricks+Agents’ insights into bathroom renovations. Take our renovation quiz and our expert team can give you further advice on where to focus your budget to add value to your home! 

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Topics: Home Improvement, Inspo, Property Advice

Rafael Niesten

Written by Rafael Niesten

In his early 20s, Perth local Rafael Niesten, won a scholarship to study in Canada, with that came the opportunity to volunteer at a local radio station. That spawned his entrepreneurial streak, returning to Perth in 2001 he set up community radio Groove FM. More by luck than design, they became successful, too successful as they took a significant chunk of the Perth Market. This sent up the red flag with his commercial competitors who saw to it that he came before the Australian Broadcasting Authority and on technicalities such as the number of volunteers he was forced to move on. He received the citizen of the year award for Western Australia (youth) and was a finalist in the Australian of the year awards (Youth). Falling on his sword he turned to running small and large scale events, all the while buying, renovating and selling properties. Buying and selling land and renovated houses provided a grounding in the property industry. He founded a cloud based medical grade voice recognition company, followed by co founding the first true cloud application for private practice in the health sector. He successfully exited these ventures at the end of 2016 and began building Bricks+Agent.

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