1. Is the bathroom clean?
2. Remove Mould
3. Replace Old Grout
4. Replace Cracked Tiles
5. Get a new bathroom set
6. Fit a new toilet seat
7. Put fresh towels out
8. Upgrade your bathroom suite

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As you’ll probably already know, moving house can be a pretty stressful affair. There’s the packing to get done, new digs to sort out and lots of paperwork to complete; not to mention the sheer hassle of finding a reputable removal company… But you should also consider the cost of making sure that the house you’re selling is in tip top condition, and one of the key areas to focus on is the bathroom.

You see, the bathroom is a big priority for a lot of prospective buyers, second only to the kitchen in most cases, so it pays to spend a little time making a few amendments to get it looking its absolute best for when people come to view the house. But how do you make your bathroom stand out for all the right reasons? In this blog we’ll be taking a look at the things that might need some attention.

1. Is the bathroom clean?

And by clean we mean spotless, not just a quick once-over at the last minute. You’d be surprised how everyday dirt and grime can put people off what would otherwise be a really smart looking bathroom. Start with your bath and/or shower enclosure, giving them a thorough clean (using a mixture of water, baking soda and white vinegar will work just as effectively here as most household cleaners).

Once this is done move onto your basin and then the toilet to finish the major fixtures. These ideally need to be gleaming; luckily they’re all easy to clean so this shouldn’t be too time consuming at all.

Once the main fittings are clean, it’s time to focus on the smaller stuff. Your taps need to be gleaming and free of water spots which can look unsightly (top tip here: a fresh slice of lemon will work wonders when rubbed over chrome finishes; sounds daft but it really does work!).

Top tip: a fresh slice of lemon will work wonders when rubbed over chrome finishes
Top tip: Try rubbing a fresh slice of lemon over chrome finishes for a spotless finish!

Following this, clean all your accessories (make sure that mirror is streak-free too; it’s easy to forget little details like this) and give the walls and floor a good scrub, getting into all the nooks and crannies as you go (did someone say cobwebs?) You’ll be amazed at the difference a thorough clean can make!

2. Remove Mould

Read our guide: How to get rid of mould and mildew
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Nothing looks worse than mould in the bathroom (except perhaps those dodgy avocado suites from the 70s but we won’t go into that here!), and it’s a sure-fire way to put people off. Depending on how long it’s been there, it shouldn’t prove too difficult to get rid of but definitely take care of it before anyone views the house. For an in-depth guide to mould removal, check out our previous blog on the subject.

3. Replace Old Grout

Read our guide: Replacing out tile grout
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If your grout is discoloured or worn, then even the most spotless tiles in the world won’t quite look their best. Removing old grout and replacing it with fresh new material will make a really big difference, and can even give the appearance of having new tiles in some circumstances. It can take a while to complete though depending on the size of the room so keep this in mind and allow time for it to be completed prior to any viewings. Take a look at our handy guide to replacing tile grout to see how it’s done.

4. Replace Cracked Tiles

Read our guide: Fixing a cracked bathroom tile
Read our guide: Fixing a cracked bathroom tile - click the picture above

Is that single cracked tile doing your head in? Well it’ll be the same for any potential new owners so it’s worthwhile sorting it out. Don’t think that it’s a really difficult job though, as we've compiled a guide in the past that explains just how straight forward it can actually be with a little patience.

5. Get a new bathroom set

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A nice easy fix this. If your current bathroom set (tumblers, toothbrush holders, etc) is looking a bit tired then simply replace it with a smart set of new bathroom accessories. There are loads of neat designs out there and they’ll create a stylish, coordinated look for not much money at all.

6. Fit a new toilet seat

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Over time, toilet seats can start to look a bit worse for wear. Wooden seats can crack and plastic ones can become discoloured if they aren’t cleaned regularly. Replacing one is straightforward and will finish off the look of a freshly cleaned toilet nicely. Just make sure to take some measurements before buying a new toilet seat!

7. Put fresh towels out

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Such a simple thing but it can be easily overlooked. Before someone comes to view the house, invest in some plush new towels to put on show. It’s a good idea to stick with white here regardless of the colour of your bathroom as white gives off a feeling of cleanliness which can be quite comforting. Also, make sure they’re displayed neatly; either folded into a pile or placed on a ring or holder (after all it’s no good investing in new towels only to discard them haphazardly around the room!)

8. Upgrade your bathroom suite

A last resort really, but if your existing toilet and basin are very dated or just a bit tired looking then you should consider factoring in the cost of a new bathroom suite before selling the home. This doesn’t have to be expensive at all, and will be a good investment. We’d recommend hiring a plumber to install them for you though to avoid any unfortunate mishaps.

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That’s about it really. The only other thing to remember is to just position everything neatly around the room and remove anything that might look a tad unsightly (spare loo rolls, used toothbrushes etc) and you should be good to go! Hopefully this article will help to remove at least some of the stress involved in selling your home. Good luck!

Rob, Victorian Plumbing