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Things to consider before making bathroom renovations

By Andrew Bell

Maybe you feel that the bathroom in your Surfers Paradise property needs a makeover. It could be a great decision, as there are both cosmetic and financial benefits to making the right home improvements.

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) has released a bathroom renovation guide that points out key considerations to take on board. Have a look at these before starting any exciting bathroom renovations on your Surfers Paradise home.

The reason

It's recommended that you first examine your motivations and goals behind such a renovation. Here are three of the most common ones:

  • You want to make an investment by boosting the value of your Surfers Paradise property.
  • Your current bathroom doesn't appropriately fit your needs or is impractical in function.
  • You simply want to give your bathroom a fresh look.

Bathroom renovations can often be costly projects. Identifying why you want to make these renovations will allow you to set your budget and help you pick the right upgrades.

The budget

This phase of the renovation is when you really start turning ideas and thoughts into solid plans. It's important that you set a realistic budget for your project, but also be prepared to make slight compromises when unexpected costs show up. When speaking with your designer or specialist, don't be coy! Be completely transparent about how much money you're willing to part with so that the experts can strategise the best ways to make the most out of your dollar and accomplish your objectives.

Once again, the purpose of these renovations will have an effect on how much you should be willing to fork out. Cherie Barber, director of Renovating for Profit mentions that updating your bathroom is one of the most effective ways to substantially increase the value of a property. If this is your primary purpose, you might feel more inclined to apply the most value-boosting upgrades in the most cost-effective ways.

For instance, she advises that something as simple as respraying all the fixtures and tiles in a bathroom could cost you less than $3000, but net you big returns.  On the other hand, you might give yourself more wiggle room if you're renovating for vanity purposes.

The design

Now comes the fun part: choosing how you're going to renovate the bathroom in your Surfers Paradise home. While it's an exciting process, it's by no means the easiest.

There are numerous elements that go into crafting bathrooms. Ask yourself these questions to get a better idea about what renovations you may want to make, whether big or small.

  • How many people will be using the bathroom?
  • What are the items you need to store?
  • What are the lifestyle choices of you and/or your family?
  • What is the visual style you'd like to go for?

From there, you could begin to think about things like fixtures, cabinets, accessories and more. For instance, if you have a big family, you might want to install a high number of smaller, individual drawers, so each family member can have storage space for their own personal items. If you often relax in the bathtub, you might be interested in upgrading it for something newer and more attractive that'll make each dip even more enjoyable. Hettich recommends installing folding or sliding cabinet doors in tight areas, which is both visual appealing and practical.

Don't forget to waterproof

The HIA publication notes that the most common bathroom defect found is waterproofing failure. It's extremely important to you have this applied by an industry professional, as water leakage can have huge detrimental effects on your home. These include damp floors and walls, as well as the attracting of termites. That's something you definitely want to avoid for your Surfers Paradise property.

Renovating your real estate in Surfers Paradise

You could make a hefty profit by making the right renovations to your Surfers Paradise property. Give Ray White Surfers Paradise a buzz and we'll work with you to ensure you get the best sale for your home. 

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