A recent article on the Domain website suggested that adding or updating a bathroom can add up to $100,000 to the sale price of your home. Whether you’re looking to prepare your house for sale or renovate for yourself or for an investment property, it’s very likely that your budget will be a key determinant between completely rebuilding, or simply giving your existing bathroom a bit of a “lick and spit” polish. Before you go rushing out for designer tiles and flashy basins (maybe you’ve been inspired by the teams on The Block?), it’s important to be realistic about timelines.
If you’re looking for a relatively basic update of bathroom features like vanities, toilet cisterns and tapware, there’s a good chance that this could be done by the time your Christmas holiday guests arrive – but you’ll have to act soon. These sorts of jobs take us from 10 days to 3 weeks. On the other hand, if you’re looking at a whole bathroom refurbishment, where we gut the room and start from scratch, our advice is this: don’t rush. These big projects are time consuming and cost an average of $20,000 to $30,000, so planning is key, right from the design stage.
All the industry figureheads agree that the number one rule of bathroom renovations is to only ever use licensed tradespeople. Your bathroom is an important and complex room; a wet area that’s responsible for a host of utilities in a limited space. Apart from the fact that doing your own plumbing is illegal, the consequences of not getting the waterproofing right in your bathroom are potentially disastrous.
At STS Plumbing, we have many years of experience completing bathroom renovations and we’re licenced to carry out every stage of your project. We can also help you find fittings and fixtures that are environmentally friendly, so you can stay green and save on water costs.