What is the ideal ratio of bedrooms to bathrooms for home buyers? Can adding a bathroom actually add value to your home?
A recent Direct Line survey of 100 estate agents in major UK cities Direct Line concluded that a three-bedroom home would ideally have an average of 1.8 bathrooms, a four-bedroom home would have 2.6 and a five-bedroom home would have 3.5. Interestingly the research also found that, according to the estate agents surveyed, an extra bathroom could add almost 7% to the value of three and four bedroomed properties .
Brendan Roberts, Director at Aylesford International, says: “In central London where values are high there is a commensurate expectation that a flat with two bedrooms has two bathrooms, three beds has at least two bathrooms, four beds at least two and preferably three baths, or even four. The higher up the price ranges you go, the higher the expectation in both specification and finishes and in the number and luxury of bathrooms, with every bedroom enjoying its own bathroom at the very high end.
Occasionally, we see something referred to as a Jack ‘n’ Jill bathroom where one bathroom is en suite to two adjoining bedrooms with two doors – one giving access to each of the two adjoining bedrooms. This is quite acceptable, particularly on large family houses.
I would not encourage anyone to ‘lose a bedroom’, which in most cases would reduce value, but occasionally a flat that hasn’t been modernised for many years may have three beds and only one bath, or is missing an en suite, in which case it might work to change to a two-bed, two-bath layout.”
Sacha Moussaieff, Director, Milton Stone agrees: “I certainly would not sacrifice a bedroom for a bathroom,. You would lose a lot more than the 7% you may stand to gain with an extra bathroom. A three/four bedroom property should have a minimum of 2 bathrooms and this is usually adequate. The difference in value an extra bedroom can make is vast.
Rather than turning a bedroom into a bathroom we would suggest splitting a family bathroom in two where possible to add a small shower room, or reduce a second bedroom in size in order to accommodate an en-suite shower room. A bedroom is definitely significantly more valuable than a bathroom.”