How to Refresh Your Bathroom for Under $1000 and Get Better Airbnb Prices


Words: Wesley Sinclair of Highgrove Bathrooms

Airbnb is bigger now than it ever has been. Scores of Australians with a fold-out sofa, spare bedroom, or granny flat have taken to the platform that shook the hotel industry to its core. But with the increase in users, hosts and now Airbnb Plus, comes more competition. Naturally, properties with the best photography and styling and general decor are favoured by potential guests looking to book.

In fact, the bathroom is considered one of the most important factors that lead to a guests decision to either book or continue browsing; this tells us that people expect more from their temporary bathrooms, not only cleanliness but also style. So if you’re looking to be more competitive and potentially increase your per night price (without breaking the bank) then the bathroom is where you should start.

Is Renovating Your Bathroom A Big Job?
Whilst some may think that the bathroom is a tedious, laborious or time-consuming area to renovate, one need not fear the bathroom refresh – now you can undertake complete overhaul for less than a thousand dollars by focusing on changes you can make yourself or jobs that would require very little work from an experienced plumber.

Taps, showerheads, toilet roll holders, shelving, and even your vanity are easily swapped – opt for a unified look or theme will let your potential Airbnb guest know that you’ve taken the time to bring your bathroom together. You don’t have to undergo a full renovation to assemble a theme for your bathroom. Consider matching shower heads, tapware and any metal elements in the space – opt for a brushed brass or matte black motif to really tie your bathroom together.

Basins and Countertops
Switching out key piece such as the bathroom vanity is a sure-fire way to enhance your bathroom aesthetic. Changing up your basin or even the material of the countertop will drastically change the appearance of your bathroom, without the added price tag of some of the more expensive renovation options, such as repainting, tiling or installing a new shower frame. There are numerous materials to choose from, including granite, quartz, marble or timber – but concrete is our pick for 2019 thanks to its industrial feel and versatility.

Mood Lighting
Mood lighting is transformative for any space. It’s what gives the room a boutique, luxury look, elevating it far beyond a functional room that we wash in. Incorporating mood lighting doesn’t have to be a major project, like revamping your ceiling lights or knocking down the wall to install wall light fixtures can be. You can still give your guests a memorable bathroom experience by lodging a luxe LED mirror above your vanity. Good bathroom design always includes consideration for proper lighting at the mirror, with both functionality and aesthetic in mind.

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