Bathroom fixes that’ll help sell your home

David Anthony
4 min read

Bathrooms may be one of the smallest rooms in a house, but when a buyer surveys a home for sale, they never ignore the quality of the bathroom.

For this reason, revamping and redecorating your bathroom before putting your home on the market can be a cost effective approach to enhance its value and appeal to more buyers.

If you’re considering selling down the track, you should think about updating your old bathroom using some or a combination of the simple ways outlined below.

For sale: 74 Greythorn Road, Balwyn North, VIC


Artistic décor

To give your bathroom an artistic and memorable flourish, transform the overall look with some statement pieces of decor.

This may involve changing the wallpaper or paint colour, installing lively flooring feature tiles, adding a glamorous vintage vanity mirror or a contrasting colour scheme.

You may also want to pick a theme for your bathroom such as nautical, luxury Balinese spa or Hamptons to guide your décor decisions.

For sale: 30 Carmel Street, Bardon, QLD


Plenty of storage

Give special attention to your storage space, especially in compact bathrooms, as this is one of the first things that buyers will notice when they enter your room.

To increase your bathroom storage replace old shelves and shaving cabinets with new wall-mounted cabinets that save space.

Upgrade any pedestal sinks to a vanity unit with built in cupboards and drawers. Buyers will love the extra bench space this affords and that everything can be tucked away out of sight.

Quick ways you can enhance bathroom storage yourself are to add extra towel rails, wall hooks and floating wall shelves for towels and decorative items.

For sale: 65 Clissold Road, Wahroonga, NSW


Let it shine

From the exotic, vintage and ultra-modern, there are plenty of ways to use bathroom lighting to enhance the appearance of your space.

Good lighting can boost the appeal, functionality and feel of a bathroom significantly. Make sure the lighting in your bathroom is not only sufficient to light the space, but ideal for all the different kinds of tasks carried out there.

Your bathroom is a place where you freshen up, bathe, apply makeup and groom yourself. Hence, it has to be equipped with the proper task lighting.

For that, you may use pendant lights, lighting sconces, ambient overhead lighting, recessed LEDs, halogen downlights or even chandeliers.

Choose fixtures that would best complement the existing style within the rest of your homes internal décor, to keep the flow consistent throughout.

For sale:  13 Christowel Street, Camberwell, VIC


Make it sparkle

Even though you may not be able to afford to replace every single accessory of your bathroom, you must make sure that you remove any rusted or worn items and get rid of mould or mildew.

A bathroom with mould or mildew gives off an unclean run-down vibe. While rust takes time to develop, mould and mildew occurs frequently. You might need to replace the bathtub, shower or taps completely in the case of rust.

To remove mould or mildew quickly, you can simply scrape it off using a window scraper blade or knife. You can also effectively wash it off using white vinegar, baking soda or a special mould cleaner.

The key is to make your bathroom look like new, buyers love that shiny, untouched new feel in bathrooms.

If your house is prone to mould, then try these mould prevention tips to avoid your new-look bathroom returning to its old, problematic unattractive state.

For sale: 11 Dobroyd Road, Balgowlah Heights, NSW


A few simple updates in your bathroom will put you on track to making a favourable impression on buyers and adding value to your property.

For more tips on fixing up your bathroom take a look at how to save over $5k on your bathroom reno, four cool bathroom appliances and luxury touches to upgrade your bathroom.

David Anthony

David Anthony writes for Real Life Homes. Real Life Homes is a real estate, renovations and lifestyle site offering tips, reviews, property investment and real estate trends along with plenty of information on how to build, rebuild and renovate your home.

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