More often than not, the number of bathrooms and where they are positioned in a house is overlooked by home buyers and sellers - but can this factor significantly affect property value or how much we’re willing to pay for it?
When looking for a new home, it’s often things like the south-facing garden, ample storage space and pleasant surrounding neighbourhood that’s at the top of our shopping list. But should we be considering the bathroom to bedroom ratio instead?
We wanted to know if it would be foolish to underestimate how much the bathroom can impact what buyers are willing to pay for a property and whether other bathroom related factors can reflect in the asking price of a property.
To find out, we surveyed 1000+ UK homeowners and prospective buyers and gathered expert commentary from estate agents, interior designers and finance professionals, to find out just how important the bathroom is when it comes to buying a property.
For multi-storey properties, 44 percent of buyers would not consider a house where the only bathroom was located downstairs on the ground floor. Tom Greenacre from PurpleBricks agrees: “For all houses, regardless of property size, the bathroom would be best placed upstairs as this is what most buyers want and expect.”
More than three quarters of buyers say they’d offer more on a house if the property had an en suite bathroom. On average, respondents would offer £3,945.34 more on a property with an en suite bathroom, versus a property of the same size without an en suite. Matthew Hodder-Williams from estate agents Marsh & Parsons stresses the importance of having a separate additional bathroom for guest use only, as demand “has increased over the last decade.”
Through the kitchen
In some older, terraced houses, the bathroom is only accessible via the kitchen. Almost half of buyers said they would offer less on a property where this is the case and, on average, they'd offer £7,077.84 less than the asking price. Eighteen per cent said they’d want to reduce the price even further by offering between £10,000 and £20,000 less. More than a third of respondents said they would not put in an offer at all if the only bathroom in the house was only accessible through the kitchen.
Surprisingly, our survey shows that one third of people would prefer to buy a house with more bathrooms than bedrooms, suggesting that while British people might be known for their love of queuing, this does not apply to waiting for the shower or the loo. On average, they’d offer £5,170.88 above the asking price to have a second or third bathroom.
The bathroom is the perfect place to relax and unwind, so it’s important that your bathroom interior helps to create a calming and luxurious environment. Almost three quarters of people said they would pay more for a property if the bathroom was modernised or refurbished very recently, and on average, they would offer an additional £3,795.66. Interestingly, “nine out of ten times it helps the sale of the property if you have a modern bathroom, opposed to an old fashioned one” [Tom Greenacre, Purplebricks].
There are plenty of bathroom upgrade solutions that could help sell your property and appeal to buyers. We have a range of bathroom and shower fittings designed to offer you stylish solutions to make the most of your bathroom space. You can also find some top renovation tips from Mira Showers here.
Sometimes an interior makeover is all you need to get your bathroom looking fresh. Interiors experts at Pavilion Broadway say “for small bathrooms, avoid loud, overpowering bright colours such as azure, cyan or scarlet. Instead, you could opt for soft blues, muted greys or lighter off-whites which will match most bathroom suites and create a feeling of tranquility.”
Optimum Floor plans for home buyers and sellers
We wanted to illustrate the best bathroom to bedroom ratio as stated by experts in the industry. To do so, we sent a series of questions to industry specialists in property, finance and interior design and have developed in order to put together a series of floor plans demonstrating the optimum layout for home buyers and sellers to use as the ultimate guide.
1 bed apartment
A one-bed apartment should ideally have one bathroom and a separate toilet. The bathroom should be accessible from the hallway, and contain a bath, a freestanding shower (if space allows for both), a toilet and a sink.
1 bed bungalow
The perfect one-bed bungalow has an en suite bathroom with a sink, a toilet and a shower over a bath.
2 bed property
The ideal two-bed property has two bathrooms and a separate toilet. There should be a family bathroom on the first floor, containing a shower bath, a sink and a toilet. The master bedroom has an en suite shower room, with a shower, a sink and a toilet, and there’s a downstairs toilet on the ground floor.
3 bed property
The perfect three-bedroom property has the same bathroom requirements as a two-bed: a family bathroom and en suite shower room on the first floor, and a downstairs toilet on the ground floor.
4 bed property
The ideal four-bed also has two bathrooms, and a separate toilet. According to estate agents Marsh & Parsons, the reason that an ideal four-bed has the same number of bathrooms as a two-bed is down to the living dynamic. A four-bed house is probably going to consist of a family of four who would share the family bathroom, which leaves the bedroom with the en suite free for guests. A two-bedroom property is more likely to be occupied by a couple without children, or flat-sharers who would prefer to have their own bathroom space.
5 bed property
The perfect five-bed property has three bathrooms and a toilet. There should be a family bathroom on the first floor with a bath, a freestanding shower, a sink and toilet. There should also be a Jack and Jill bathroom on the first floor, with a freestanding shower, twin sinks, and a toilet. Marsh & Parsons favour Jack and Jill bathrooms, saying that this specific layout “gives good benefit in family properties where you have children’s bedrooms alongside each other.” On the second floor, there should be an en suite bathroom attached to the master bedroom, and a separate toilet on the ground floor.
In summary, we found that a bathroom can add significant value to a home. Our survey proves that potential buyers would offer around £5,000 more for a property with a well-thought out en suite or additional bathroom.
Feeling inspired by our floor plans? Why not take a look at our online bathroom design page which allows you to explore lots of exciting options for your bathroom makeover.
Our survey was conducted with Censuswide between 29.01.2020 and 03.02.2020. The 1,061 UK respondents are homeowners and prospective buyers.
The experts Mira Showers collaborated with to produce the tips for bathroom improvements and create the floor plans include:
-David Ewart, Director at Pavilion Broadway
-Andrew Schrage, CEO at Money Crashers
-Matthew Hodder-Williams, Associate Director at Marsh & Parsons
-Tom Greenacre, Divisional Sales Director at Purple Bricks
-Sean O’Brien, Residential Sales Negotiator at Barbers