If you’ve saved up with a home renovation project in mind, or simply come into a bit of cash and want to put it into your largest investment, you’ll be well served by remodeling your bathroom. The bathroom is one of the true ‘money makers’ in real estate.
Good bathrooms in a home are more important than almost anything else, and when renovated can insure you’ll receive top dollar when you finally choose to sell. But how do your structure this project? A bathroom renovation can be as simple as replacing the sink or as complicated as ripping everything down to the bare beams.
Your job will probably be somewhere in the middle, but the way you approach things from the start will have a lot to do with the successful end result, and whether you stick to your budget or not. Here are a couple of bathroom renovation do’s and don’ts to help you on your way.
First of all, make sure you start out with a clear and detailed game plan. No renovation project this complicated should be done freehand, with just your imagination to guide you. Missteps here will cost you major amounts of money, and if you don’t professionally chart out the job, you could end up really disappointed with the results.
A solid plan will also help you budget the entire job more strictly, which will obviously keep some money in your pocket for use in decoration. Just keep in mind that you probably shouldn’t change the layout of the room too dramatically.
Even with a strong plan, a wholesale redesign might come back to bite you in the end. People often move the sink or the shower only to find that they have to rip into the walls and redirect the plumbing. This costly add-on will blow your budget, so try to keep things as simple as possible.
If you’re looking to stick to a budget, or to reduce the estimates you’ve received from professionals, consider handling the demo yourself. Bathroom demolition isn’t terribly complicated, and for the right personality it can actually be sort of fun.
But whether you love the idea of swinging a sledgehammer into the walls or hate the thought of getting all dusty, you’ll always save money on the job by handling the demolition yourself. It takes a while, and the professionals won’t bring anything to the table that makes them any better at this task than you would be.
Of course, that’s as long as you don’t forget to shut the water off. And that means going to the source, not just switching off the pipes under the sink. Forget this step and you’ll end up with aa flood in the middle of your renovation job.
The key to a successful bathroom renovation is choosing the right places to spend your money. You should always update the cabinets, the lighting fixtures and any other fixtures that were inexpensive contractor jobs.
Higher end fixtures will give your bathroom more character and help you up the resale price when you put your home on the market. But there are other things you shouldn’t replace. Consider resurfacing the tub instead of ripping it out for a new model.
A professional cleaning and resurfacing job will make the tub look brand new, saving you potentially thousands of dollars. And don’t replace the toilet unless it is in dire need.