Everything connected to your bathroom, from boiler servicing to remodeling can get expensive pretty fast. Of course, for an ample project like remodeling, the costs can soar up pretty high unless you keep an eye out. While doing this is incredibly important, what’s even more crucial is ensuring that you don’t fall into pitfalls because of it. In fact, when it comes to pitfalls, there are certainly no shortages of them, not all stemming from wanting to keep costs reduced. This is why it’s so important to make sure that we avoid them, as they may either drive up the cost of the project or result in more maintenance in the future.
Not Having a Plan
Starting a bathroom remodel on a whim, without any plan in place is a sure way of spending more than needed. While it may be true that most bathrooms are quite small, they do have plenty of fixtures cluttered, which means that you can’t really engage in any projects without a very clear plan. Just as an example, if you install a toilet, but then decide that it would work much better if it were moved a few feet to the side, then you’ll end up with a much more expensive project.
Going for the Expensive Options
While usually, the more expensive an item is, the more durability it has, this isn’t always the case. In fact, home improvement stores and contractors are often more than ready to suggest more expensive items because this means they will get more from you. There are plenty of items that are cost-effective and work very well, which means that buying the more expensive options isn’t always the best alternative. The only way that you’ll be able to tell the difference is by doing research on your own.
Replacing and Not Repairing
Replacing is quite difficult, and thus, costly. Of course, some items may be ruined completely, in which case, replacement is the best option. However, in some cases, a simple repair job is more than enough. For instance, you may need to re-grout the tile shower instead of replacing it. You may also be able to get away with simply re-glazing the sink rather than changing it, or refacing or painting the existing cabinets. Likewise, the bathtub and countertops may be able to simply be refinished.
Forgetting About Ventilation
The bathroom fan is likely not on your priorities list, but it should be. Indeed, weak or missing ventilation can lead to too much moisture, which, in turn, can lead to mold or mildew which may just result in you needing another remodel. Remember that the more modern options for ventilations are not only more effective, but also quieter, which is a powerful motivator to get one.
Flooring is very important when remodeling, since if you pick the wrong kind, you’ll likely find yourself needing to replace it very soon. For instance, engineered wood, solid hardwood and laminate options may look incredible, and may work well for a while, but with time, they will decay. The best options are ceramic or porcelain tile, or luxury vinyl plank, as these are waterproof.
Doing the Remodel Yourself
Unless you’re a professional, activities like installing bathroom wiring or building a new shower stall are going to be incredibly frustrating and take up more time. Plus, you’re also likely to end up with a finished product that’s not quite what you wanted. Of course, if you’re handy, something like installing the flooring and vanity, or painting the walls is likely to be no problem for you. However, the more difficult projects are better left to the pros, since you risk paying much more doing it all on your own.
Starting with the Master Bathroom
The first bathroom remodel you’re going to engage in is going to be a learning experience for you, particularly if you’re doing a great deal of it on your own. With that in mind, it may be a much better idea to start with an easier project, such as the powder room, or the kid’s bathroom.
Remodeling a bathroom can be quite tricky, but if you’re careful about it, and you make sure to get the proper help when you need it, you’re going to end up with a beautiful space that you’ll happily use for years to come. Just make sure to invest some time into the planning process, as well as to purchase materials that are water-friendly, and you’re off to a great start.