Does it reduce the value of a house if you convert a bedroom into a bathroom?

Converting a bedroom into a bathroom is generally a bad idea both in terms of the value of your property and its attractiveness to potential buyers. Unless you have a very large property (five bedrooms or more), converting a bedroom to a bathroom is likely to reduce your home’s value.

When deciding whether to remove a bedroom in favour of a new bathroom, it is vital that you take into account the ratio of bedrooms/bathrooms in your home as a whole. For example, if you have a three bedroom house with one bathroom, you will significantly reduce the attractiveness of your home by transforming it into a two bedroom house with two bathrooms.

As a general rule, if you have four or less bedrooms, you should never remove a bedroom by turning it into a bathroom, office or dressing room. As The Times reports: “Although more estate agents now market homes according to their square footage, especially at the top end of the market, the number of bedrooms is still the preferred indicator of the size of a property for most people.”

When buyers look for property, their normal starting point is the number of bedrooms that the property has. Removing a bedroom is likely to mean your property falls into a different bracket of homes – probably at a lower value.

The only time where you may break even on transforming a bedroom into a bathroom is if you have a larger property. For example, turning a six bedroom home with one bathroom into a five bedroom home with two bathrooms may have a certain attraction for many buyers.

The golden rule is: think carefully before reducing the number of bedrooms in any property. You could end up significantly reducing the appeal of your home.

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