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  • Property Prices

    Downstairs bathroom decreases value by 6%



    A downstairs bathroom could knock up to 6% off the value of a property, according to estate agents.

    Having a family bathroom downstairs instead of upstairs could therefore see the average UK home worth £13,580 less based on an average price of £226,351.

    In London, a property with a downstairs family bathroom could be worth around £27,000 less based on an average price of £478,853, according to research by Direct Line Home Insurance.

    The study, which spoke to 100 agents across the UK, also found that the presence of a downstairs bathroom would put 44% of consumers off buying a property.

    25% of agents taking part said they are advising homeowners to move downstairs bathrooms upstairs before listing their property for sale.

    Full/source article

    Perhaps a niche strategy could be to find properties with downstairs bathrooms and move them upstairs, utilising permitted development rights?

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    Interesting stuff thanks. If I could just be devils advocate for a moment  this is exactly the sort of project we are working on right now and whilst I'm sure this it is the case that upstairs bathrooms make a house worth more compared to downstairs there are properties in some areas where this is either not possible or the cost of extending to make it possible, is not cost-effective except over a long period.

    The house we are refurbing and then selling is a traditional 2 up 2 down with the downstairs bathroom in the extension to the rear. When finished it will sell for a price commensurate with the style, accommodation and finish for the location and will attract a buyer who will value the lower price over the fact that the bathroom is not upstairs -  likely to be a first time buyer. If at a later stage they wanted to extend and put the bathroom upstairs then this is possible when funds allow but right now it gives them the opportunity to get on the property ladder at a sensible price.

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    Ideally there should be bathroom upstairs and downstairs. As there are a lot of people who can not go up and down the stairs tens of times a day!

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    Well done MNL for raising this point. I would like to see property people opening their minds and changing their approach to favouring a downstairs bathroom. Bed blocking in our hospitals is rife due to patients not being discharged because they cannot use the stairs at home. This can affect all ages. My local authority Merton will put in a chair lift (and take a legal charge on your property!) if the person can sit down for long enough and has the use of their arms. My neighbour had one installed and was able to come out of hospital and use her upstairs toilet

    Many have disabilities that can't be helped by this.

    Society could turn this thinking upside down.  A downstairs bathroom or wetroom should command a higher price. It would enable people to remain in their homes.

    I have put a downstairs wetroom into my resi as future proofing. I am seriously considering implementing this in my rentals.

    I can remember when I saw my first en-suite shower in a bedroom (in Canada many moons ago). It came later to the UK. Today no builder would build new build without en-suite.

    The same mindset change will happen with mobility needs, I do believe it. And the early adopters will profit




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    Whenever I have come across a property with the family bathroom downstairs, it's because there is nowhere else for it to go.  Therefore in order to move it upstairs you would have to lose a bedroom (otherwise build a 2-storey extension).  So I guess the practical question to pose to the estate agent would be - what is the price differential between say a 2-bedroom property with a downstairs bathroom, or a 1-bedroom property with an upstairs bathroom?

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    If it's possible, why not hive a bit of space off a bigger double bedroom and just provide a toilet and wash-hand-basin.

    I think the remit of 'upstairs bathroom' is probably better explained as an 'upstairs toilet'? The main bathroom could still be downstairs. Losing a bedroom upstairs I don't think is overall a good idea?

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