By Kerry Hale

How Much Value Can a New Bathroom Add To Your Home?

  • Monday 27 March 2023
  • 3 minute read

If you’re wondering whether to update your bathroom before selling your home, our bathroom valuation guide has everything you need to know.

From the number of bathrooms or ensuites to their location, design and quality, discover whether a new bathroom could add value before you renovate.

How much value does a bathroom add to your home?

When looking for a new home, a south-facing garden, ample storage space, and a pleasant neighbourhood are often at the top of a buyer’s list. But the bathroom can be a dealbreaker, adding to or detracting from the value of your home.

Our 2022 research shows that one in two consumers who prefer to move into a new build home highly value having branded appliances.* By upgrading your shower to a well-known brand name like Mira, you could appeal to a broader audience of potential buyers.

Other factors that could affect your home’s value when it comes to bathrooms include:

  • Bathroom location
  • Number of bathrooms
  • Ensuites
  • Bathroom quality

Bathroom location

According to our survey for multi-storey properties, 44% of buyers would not consider a house with only a bathroom on the ground floor. Most buyers prefer the main bathroom to be located upstairs, with a downstairs toilet being a bonus if space allows.*

Number of bathrooms

Surprisingly, our survey shows that one-third of people prefer buying a house with more bathrooms than bedrooms. On average, buyers would offer £5,170.88 above the price for a second or third bathroom.*

Ensuites

More than three-quarters of buyers surveyed say they’d offer more on a house if the property had an ensuite bathroom. On average, respondents would offer £3,945.34 more on a property with an ensuite bathroom versus a property of the same size without an ensuite.*

Bathroom quality

The bathroom is the perfect place to relax and unwind, so the space must be functional while being calming and luxurious. Almost three-quarters of people said they would pay more for a property if the bathroom was recently refurbished, and on average, they would offer an additional £3,795.66.*

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Questions about bathroom valuation

Should you update your bathroom before selling your house?

Firstly, determine whether the total renovation cost will be more than the extra value it may add. In that case, it may not be worth it. How much value a new bathroom adds will depend on various factors, and you should consult an estate agent before making any changes. To find out more about renovating your bathroom, check out our guide.

Does removing a bath devalue your home?

Some buyers may be put off by a home that doesn’t have a bath, but it’s largely down to personal preference. For example, if your bathroom is small with no bathtub but has a modern shower or has recently been renovated, this may be more appealing to some buyers. Others may have a spacious bathroom with a bathtub as their top priority, so it depends on the individual.

If you already have a bathtub, keeping it could be a good idea, letting the buyers decide how to configure the space once they move in.

Does a wet room add value?

Some buyers may prefer a wet room to a traditional bathroom, providing it is modern, waterproof and in good condition. However, like bathtubs, it is down to personal preference, so converting your existing bathroom into a wet room won’t necessarily add value to your home and could be more costly than it’s worth.

Will an extra bedroom or bathroom add more value?

While this may depend on the buyer’s preference, our survey shows that one-third of people prefer buying a house with more bathrooms than bedrooms.* You could consider adding an ensuite to the master bedroom or converting an under-stairs cupboard to a toilet if space allows. This will increase the number of bathrooms without removing a bedroom.

Ready to renovate your bathroom before selling your home? Discover the full range of Mira products to find innovative showers, luxurious bathtubs, high-quality shower enclosures, non-slip shower trays and more.

Methodology

*Our survey was conducted with Censuswide between 29.01.2020 and 03.02.2020. The 1,061 UK respondents are homeowners and prospective buyers.

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