Remodeling any part of your home can be a stressful task. Bathrooms are certainly no exception, and to an extent, they may even be a little bit worse. Hidden or unexpected costs and losing access to one of the bathrooms contribute to greater overall stress.
While tackling a project of this breed may be difficult, proper budgeting and preparation can help smooth the overall process.
Creating a budget and inspecting your bathroom
When deciding on a budget for remodeling your bathroom, the most important facet is remembering that there may be extra costs that you did not initially anticipate. Hidden water damage, for example, can cost you quite a bit more money. It is important to have professionals complete a home inspection in your bathroom. They can give you estimates on extra costs for damage that needs to be remedied.
A mold inspection is equally important before beginning a bathroom remodeling project. Mildew and other growths are often flourishing in bathrooms.
Also, consider hiring a home inspection company for your bathroom inspection over a contractor. You will have an unbiased and informed third-party opinion if you proceed in this manner.
The National Kitchen and Bath Association suggests that 5-10 percent of your home's value should be spent on remodeling this particular room in your house. Divide the total cost among various expenses while assigning greater amounts toward skilled laborers, items that get the most use and water efficiency on bathroom appliances. Products that are more efficient will provide you with the added bonus of a lower water bill over time.
To save more money, invest in a single sink vanity over the his-and-her styles. You will get more counter space and save on plumbing, faucets and overall sink costs.
To do list
When tackling a project of this caliber, make sure that you complete a few tasks in order to ensure a less stressful experience.
- Inspect the bathroom.
- Get multiple estimates from a variety of contractors.
- Check with contractors for hidden fees.
- Invest in a quality bathroom vent to keep mold and mildew at bay.
- Splurge on a shower over a nicer bathtub. Actual bathtub use may be significantly less than regular shower utilization.
- Select sturdy materials for surfaces that get the most use.
- Never rush your bathroom project. Re-doing a task is always more expensive. Take your time, ensuring that the project is completed perfectly to your liking.
- Don't forget to include storage in your bathroom remodeling plans. Have a closet or small chest designated for towels and washcloths.