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Whether you have recently purchased a home that could use some updating, you’ve lived in your home for years and you are finally ready to splurge on the bathroom of your dreams, or you are updating your home for resale, here are some things to keep in mind before heading into a bathroom remodel:
1. What are you trying to accomplish? – Often, home owners want to jump straight into a bathroom remodel with sledge hammer and drill in hand with little planning at the forefront. Before you get started, it’s important to evaluate what you hope to get out of your new bathroom. Ask yourself the following questions right at the start: Is this a master bath? A powder room? Will kids be using this bathroom frequently? How many people will be using it day to day? How does the current bathroom layout affect daily routines? What are the positive and negative aspects of it? Do we need more storage? Do we plan to have extra amenities (i.e. heated flooring, towel warmers, etc.)? Being honest about these questions before getting started will help you ensure that your finished remodel lives up to you expectations and actually meets the needs that you have in your home. hgtv.com
2. Research and Budget – An obvious factor to consider when taking on a project like remodeling your bathroom is “how much are we willing to spend?” Many people way underestimate the actual cost of updating a bathroom. Recent data by Houzz suggests that to remodel a master bath, 50% of homeowners will spend more than $10,000. On top of whatever you are willing to spend on your own remodel, it is always wise to factor in another 10-20% for unforeseen costs. If you are looking for a remodel that is more cost effective, do your best to make updates without moving any existing plumbing or wiring. This can keep cost down dramatically.
3. Hire a Professional – Often times people can get a little too ambitious in taking on a bathroom remodel all on their own, but if you looking for a high-quality end product with fewer bumps in the road, it is definitely beneficial to leave some work to the professionals. For starters, consider setting up a consultation with a design professional. You may already have a fairly clear picture of what you want your bathroom to look like, but a professional designer can help you narrow down your vision and aid in stylizing your new bathroom space. You may only need to consult the designer at the beginning of the project, but many designers are willing to work with you throughout the project to oversee and make changes as necessary. When it comes to gut-jobs, it’s best to look into hiring a general contractor, plumber, electrician, etc. Before doing this though, don’t be afraid to shop around. It’s common knowledge that you should seek out three quotes before settling on any contractor to ensure that you get the best bang for your buck.
4. Refine Your Plan – Once your design plan is settled on – style, color schemes, materials etc. – it’s time to get that remodel underway. Remember, more planning ahead of time helps to ensure fewer mistakes or bumps in the road along the way. Now is the time to start considering the fine -details of your new bathroom: picture frames, towels, rugs, shower curtains, etc. Remember, have fun with it and don’t be afraid to try out new things!
So, when considering a bathroom remodel, these are some important questions/things to keep in mind beforehand and along the way!
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