8 of our favourite inexpensive bathroom updates

Here at J Property Management, we often have Landlords contact who think they need to undertake major renovations in order to raise rents. But, with all of our experience within the property industry, we can confidently tell you, that is not always the case. Sometimes it is the case, (that a property needs major renovations) particularly if a unit hasn’t been upgraded since the 1970s. More often than not, however, a few simple and inexpensive upgrades can add incredible value to the property. Small changes can improve the look and feel more than you’d expect.

This is particularly true when it comes to bathrooms. Whether you have a closet-sized bathroom or a sprawling his-and-her set-up, simple and inexpensive bathroom updates can make a world of a difference.

So, if you are looking to increase the rental income your property will achieve, here are 8 of our favourite inexpensive bathroom updates that can help landlords and property managers increase the value and desirability of their rental properties.

8 of our favourite inexpensive bathroom updates

  1. Paint the walls

A little paint can go a long way. A fresh coat of a light-coloured paint will make the bathroom feel fresh and airy.

  1. Re-grout

After years of wear and tear, the grout between tiles and surrounding the bathtub can start to look icky. The simplest way to fix this is to use a bleach solution to scrub the grout clean, but that doesn’t always do the trick.

Instead, consider re-grouting your bathroom. Re-grouting bathroom tiles only takes about a day and requires few tools and supplies. If you are not sure how to do this, there are lots of guides online that can help you.

  1. Replace light fixtures

Light fixtures can be replaced for as little as £20. Good lighting will make all the difference to any room! Even better, light fixtures can be replaced fairly easily, you can do it yourself – just be sure to turn off the power before you get started!

  1. Install a new cabinet

Upgrading cabinets/vanities can completely change the vibe of your bathroom. They can be expensive, but they don’t need to be. You can pick up a good quality cabinet for under £150! The best ones are light up mirrored cabinets to go on the wall or washbasin cabinets. Or get both, you can never have enough bathroom storage!

If this isn’t in your budget, consider painting the vanity that’s already there. One of the benefits to painting a vanity is that you can get creative with colour schemes.

  1. Replace hardware

If you haven’t done so already, upgrade your bathroom’s hardware. This includes the drawer/cabinet pulls on your cabinets, as well as the toilet paper holder and towel rack. These are inexpensive bathroom updates that will make the space feel more sleek and modern in a single step.

  1. Upgrade your showerhead

Rainfall showerheads are all the rage right now; but as good as they might look, they’re not very functional. Try opting for something equally as sleek but more useful, like a dual-head showerhead that includes the removable wand. This is an easy, inexpensive bathroom update that you can make on your own to give your bathroom a spa-like feel that residents are sure to enjoy.

  1. Invest in a new toilet

This is one of the more expensive projects that we’ve profiled given the hardware that’s required (e.g. a whole new toilet). You might also need the assistance of a plumber to install it properly. If this is something you are considering, low-flow toilets are one to look into! They are sleeker than ever before and can save you hundreds of pounds each year on your water bill. This is definitely an upgrade to consider if you continue to pay the bills.

  1. Re-glaze the bathtub

If your cast-iron bathtub is starting to look shoddy, consider having it re-glazed. This can cost anywhere from £400 to £700, but it’s a lot more affordable than having the entire bathtub replaced. Use a crisp white glaze to make the bathtub feel and look brand new.

At J Property Management, we know that renovations can feel daunting, no matter how small the job is. But we’ve learned that small and inexpensive bathroom updates can measurably increase the value of your rental property. If you do not feel confident in doing these upgrades yourself, why not hire us as the managing agent for your property and we will sort it all for you before finding tenants! These updates can be accomplished in a matter of days, much faster than a complete bathroom remodel, which comes in handy particularly if you’re trying to find tenants quickly. On average, it only takes us 2 weeks to find a tenant too. We could get all this done and find you tenants within a matter of weeks!

If you are still looking for other ways to increase the value of your rental property, you should consider hiring an experienced property manager who will be able to give you lots more tips similar to these!

When you’re ready to get free quotes from property managers in your area, J Property Management will be here to help.