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What You Need to Know Before Starting a Major Bathroom Renovation

Renovating a bathroom can be a bit challenging. However, it’s not close to being as challenging to both the bank account and the nerves as renovating the kitchen. In the end, a good bathroom renovation is well worth it and results in a beautiful, comfortable space the homeowner loves to show off to guests. In addition to this, a bathroom renovation is one of the few improvements made to a home that almost certainly increases its resale value. Here are some things to consider before renovating a bathroom.

Create a Budget

When it comes to the budget, K2 Bath Design says the bathroom renovation is the one place where the homeowner can splurge a bit. Since the bathroom is usually a small space, a few luxuries are usually affordable. Your budget might be able to accommodate futuristic lighting or high-end fixtures, but you don't want to go overboard. The bathroom shouldn’t be so spectacular that it outshines the rest of the house. In the end, the bathroom’s purpose is utilitarian and private. Making a showcase of it is extravagant, especially if you want to sell the house at a later date.

Make a Plan

Planning the style of the bathroom is fun, but there are so many possibilities that the process can become overwhelming. One way to limit the deliberation is to simply consider the decor of the rest of the house. Though the style of the bathroom doesn’t have to match exactly, Room for Tuesday recommends fixtures that best complement the other rooms. This could help you to choose the type of fixtures and lighting you want and select a color scheme. Neutrals seem to be the thing nowadays, but there are decorators who claim that bright, bold color schemes are the best for the bathroom.

Think to the Future

Are you a couple just starting out but planning for children? Are you an older couple? In either case, you might want to install a night light in the bathroom and scald protection in the fixtures. If there’s no separate bathroom for the kids, you might want to invest in a step stool so they can reach the sink. Older people benefit from grab bars, walk-in showers, wide doors without door saddles, and other accoutrements that make using the bathroom easier.

Hire the Right Contractors

If there's anything that makes home renovation an ordeal, it’s hiring the wrong contractors. Everyone has heard horror stories, but you can avoid a really unpleasant and needlessly expensive experience by taking some basic precautions. Make sure that any contractor you hire operates out of a brick-and-mortar office and not out of their van. Check to see that they are licensed, insured, and bonded, and they should agree to sign a written contract. Don’t work with someone who insists that work be started immediately, and never pay all of the money in advance. To find reputable professionals, ask friends and neighbors or look for craftspeople through your town’s chamber of commerce. Don’t hesitate to go online. According to Podium, Porch.com has a list of three million home improvement business listings.

What You Can Do Yourself

According to Money Crashers, you can save money by doing some of the work of remodeling your bathroom yourself. You can paint the walls and floors, install new faucets or sinks, and refinish your tub. What you probably won't want to do is rearrange the plumbing. That might require a permit, and it’s really a job for a professional. Renovating a bathroom does not have to be a headache. With a bit of planning, it can go quickly and efficiently. Planning also helps save money. If you start with a clear vision of what you want and stay organized, you'll end up with a beautiful outcome.


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