A bathroom on the lower floor beats £ 13,000 off a house price, with half of the buyers saying it would & # 39; put them off & # 39;
- Downstairs bathrooms can be £ 13.5k off the value of an average home
- This amount increases double for homes that are listed in the capital
- Londoners are probably put off by a bathroom on the ground floor
- House hunters in Scotland have the least risk of a problem
Myra Butterworth for MailOnline
Millions of home buyers have bought a house for sale because it has no bathroom on the top floor, reveals new research.
Lower demand translates into smaller asking prices for those properties with only a downstairs bathroom, usually six percent cheaper – the equivalent of £ 13,580.
This potential loss due to not having a bathroom on the upper floor rises to £ 27,000 in London, according to the findings of Direct Line Home Insurance.
This three-bedroom terraced house in Northfields, Leicester, has a downstairs bathroom and is for sale for £ 158,000 through real estate agents Seths
The family bathroom is located at the bottom of the back of Leicester
The suite has a white bathroom with a bath with a shower above it
It claims that millions have decided to buy a house in the past because the bathroom was located downstairs.
However, having a bathroom on the ground floor can appeal to buyers, especially if they are of age and do not need challenging stairs to reach one above.
It can also result in a potential bargain for buyers who can then choose to move the bathroom upwards with the savings they might make on the purchase price.
This modern 3-bedroom house in Worcester Park, Surrey, has a bathroom upstairs
The property in Surrey is on the market via brokers Browns Residential for £ 450,000
The Surrey accommodation has a family bathroom upstairs and an ensuite with the main bedroom
Dan Simson, head of home insurance at Direct Line, said: "Downstairs bathrooms are usually found in older buildings accessible through the kitchen and even though they are in thousands of homes across the UK, they share their views .
& # 39; With some home buyers who actively avoid these types of properties and others find them much more convenient, especially if they are less mobile or have young children. & # 39;
|Region||Percentage deterrent by a bathroom on the ground floor||Estimated number of adults scared by a bathroom downstairs|
|Yorkshire & Humberside||44%||1,867,000|
|East of England||37%||1,790.00|
|Source: direct insurance home line|
According to the survey, a quarter of the brokers advise homeowners that if a home has a bathroom on the ground floor, they should consider moving it upwards before placing it on the market.
However, this can cost thousands of pounds, especially if the switch is not simple and involves expensive construction work.
Mr. Simson added: "Homeowners who are planning to renovate their homes must inform their insurer of any changes to their home, since any work that involves overthrowing walls, floors, plumbing or electrical work, can result in damage to the property.
Having builders and other transactions that come and go with spare keys also increases the security risk.
& # 39; Once the construction is completed, households must inform their insurer about any changes made to their property, since adding bedrooms or bathrooms can not only add value to their property, but can also change their home insurance requirements. 39;
This three-room terraced house in Geoffrey Road, Birmingham, has a bathroom on the ground floor
This Birmingham property is for sale through real estate agents Purplebricks for £ 150,000
The family bathroom is located downstairs at the Birmingham accommodation
Direct Line Home Insurance claimed that the lack of desirability of bathrooms below and the seemingly negative impact on property prices could also contribute to the increase in homeowners who choose to move them upwards.
It states that 45 percent of the brokers indicate that there are now fewer homes with bathrooms downstairs, compared with five years ago.
The research also showed that Londoners are likely to be put off by a bathroom that is downstairs. 57% of the residents in the capital say that it will prevent them from buying a house.
At the same time, people living in Scotland are the least concerned about the location of a family bathroom, which discourages only 28 percent of purchases.
TIPS FOR MOVING A BATHROOM
- Before the work begins, caretakers must inform their insurer about the work so that they can revise the policy and ensure that the work does not invalidate their coverage. They should also be kept informed:
- If the builder has keys for the property
- If the property is left unoccupied
- If there are scaffolding on the site
- If the security of the property is compromised at any time during the work, for example the replacement of doors and windows
- Check if they have a cover against unintentional damage with their home insurance
- Ensure that the builder is qualified and registered with a recognized administrative body
- Make sure they have a standard contract for buildings with their contractor
- Ensure that the builder has legal liability insurance, liability insurance for employers and cover for all risks of the contractor
- Make sure they have the appropriate permissions from their local Building Control Officer before they go to work to ensure that renovations comply with building and fire regulations
- Households must also inform their neighbors about any renovation work, not only to let them know that they expect a little more noise than normal, but also in case there are walls affected by the work.