Avoid a disaster with our bathroom renovation tips
Due to its daily and frequent use, the bathroom is and always will be a key selling point of a property. From our experience, prospective buyers tend to be after modern, stylishly designed, well-renovated bathrooms – with a similar look and feel to the bathrooms you find in upmarket and boutique hotels.
However, many bathroom renovations don’t go to plan, leaving people with a bathroom that costs a lot and isn’t quite right rather than the one of their dreams. If you’re a property seller, it’s important that your bathroom is renovated to a high level, because buyers will definitely notice if it isn’t.
There are a number of key things to consider when it comes to renovating your bathroom. We outline these below...
You might not think so, but tiles can really make or break a bathroom. Tile edges should be mitred – in other words, they should be cut at a 45 degree angle so that both edges join with each other and there is no need to use a tile trim. This means you only see tile and everything looks very neat, tidy and structured.
Check your water pressure
Poor water pressure might mean you can’t have the shower mixers or shower heads you desire. Rainfall shower heads, for instance, need decent water pressure or they won’t function correctly. Low water pressure is a particularly common problem in built-up areas like London, Birmingham and Manchester. Solutions to increase water pressure are available, so it’s advisable to check if this will be a problem for you before you renovate your bathroom.
Avoid cowboy plumbers
Ensure that the plumber you employ is registered with the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineers (CIPHE). Currently, the industry is not properly regulated, which means some ‘plumbers’ have simply completed a short online course, had a few business cards printed, and then called themselves a plumber.
By contrast, the CIPHE has a strict membership policy. 10 years’ experience in the plumbing industry and NVQ Levels 2 and 3 are a requirement for all members. If they are registered with the CIPHE, it’ll put your mind at rest that the plumber’s experience, qualifications and skills have been thoroughly vetted.
Consider a Wet Room Shower tray
Since they first started to become popular, Wet Room products have improved beyond all recognition. If they are installed correctly, there is now very little than can go wrong with them, plus they should never leak. Wet-rooms offer a much cleaner look than standard trays and they can be modified to fit any space so you’re not restricted by the size of the shower tray.
Soften and condition your water
Although water softeners and conditioners work in slightly different ways, their main function is the same – a large reduction in the build-up of limescale. They are now easier to install and can be fitted anywhere in the house. They will not only save you money in the long run, they’re also likely to improve the quality of your shower, because the water will be softer.
At Tepilo we are committed to getting you the best possible price for your home. We help you to sell for more while spending less, offering the same service as a high-street agent for a fraction of the price.
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