What Bathroom Design Ideas are Important to Home Buyers?

by The RTA Store

in General Topics

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The average home buyer concentrates their attentions on two main areas in a house and that is the kitchen and the bathroom.

The design of both these rooms matters because they need to work for your specific needs. If these areas aren’t right then you could be looking at spending a lot of money making them right.

Whether it is a modern bathroom or a traditional one, there are a few bathroom design ideas to consider:

Check the Plumbing

You don’t need to be a plumber to check for leaks in the bathroom. Have a look by the toilet to see whether the floor is discolored or spongy. If you press down with your foot and there seems to be a lot of give, then chances are the fixture could be leaking or there has been a leak in the past. If there is tiling on the floor then take a look at the grouting.

If there is, or has been a leak, the grout may well have discolored. Check out vinyl flooring for bubbling. You can also take a look at the hose fitting beneath the sink for any mineral deposits which may indicate the presence of a leak. If you find any areas which concern you, then you may have to ask for a professional inspection.

 

Does the Design Work for You?

It’s a good idea to see past the fancy lights and mirrors, and fluffy towels, to see if the concept of the design meets your needs. [pullquote]It’s a good idea to see past the fancy lights and mirrors, and fluffy towels, to see if the concept of the design meets your needs.[/pullquote]

Take a look at the following:

  • Plumbing – Can you easily access the plumbing if a problem arises. Check for access panels to the bath, sink, shower and tub. Are bathroom vanities making it difficult to reach the plumbing?
  • Faucets – Check how easily the faucets turn on and the amount of waster pressure. Is the water coming out fast or slow? If the water pressure is too high it could be putting a strain on the pipes which could lead to a problem.
  • Lighting – How much natural light is able to shine in through windows or skylights? Do you have sufficient lighting around the mirror to make it clear and bright? Can you turn the lights down low for relaxed lighting when bathing?
  • Ventilation – This is a really important area to check out because poor ventilation can lead to odors, mildew and mold. Does the window open freely to let in fresh air and is there a fan? Check that the fan vents to the outside of the property.
  • Storage – Is there sufficient storage to house toiletries, towels, and linens? How about bathroom cabinets or vanities? What storage space do they offer?


Don’t Skimp on Bathrooms When Buying a Home

[pullquote]…don’t forget that a property with more than one bathroom will have a far better re-sale value than a house with only one.[/pullquote]Don’t allow yourself to get so bowled over by the rest of a house that you dismiss any bathroom concerns. How many bathrooms do you realistically need? If you currently have to queue outside your bathroom in the morning, then you already know the answer to this one, and there is no compromise. If you’re sharing a bathroom as a couple, is there room to include two sinks so that you can both get ready at the same time, if needs be?

Even with the most stunning modern bathroom, don’t forget that a property with more than one bathroom will have a far better re-sale value than a house with only one. I hope this article on bathroom design ideas will help you when buying your next home.

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