Monday, 9 December 2013

5 Tips For Renovating a Bathroom

Whether it's minor or major, homeowners should carefully plan their bathroom renovation projects to ensure a smooth, hassle-free job. It's not uncommon for homeowners to jump head-first into a project, only to run into serious problems halfway through which halts their work. If you're planning to renovate your bathroom in the near future, keep reading for some important tips to follow.

Tip #1) Start With a Budget

Like most home renovation projects, you should begin your bathroom renovations by creating a budget. Write down how much you are willing to spend, along with the 'estimated' costs for materials and labor (if applicable). There's no way to predict exactly how much a renovation will cost, but homeowners can use their best judgement for a rough estimation.

Tip #2) Check The Blueprints

I'm sure this is common sense to most people, but you should always check your home's blueprints before renovating your bathroom. Some bathrooms are built around load-bearing walls, and tearing these down could jeopardize your home's structural integrity. Check to see where the load-bearing walls are located and which walls in your bathroom contain plumbing and/or electrical wiring.

Tip #3) Rent a Dumpster

Depending on the size and scope of your bathroom renovation project, you may want to rent a dumpster to make cleanup easier. Many homeowners seem to forget about the post-renovation cleanup involved in projects such as this, and they're left scratching their heads trying to figure out the best way to remove all of the debris. Rather than making half a dozen or more truckloads to the dump, rent a dumpster to place outside your home. There are many waste disposal companies that will drop a dumpster off in your driveway and pick it up when you are finished renovating.

Tip #4) Focus on Value-Adding Improvements

A fourth tip for renovating a bathroom is to focus on improvements that add value to the home. In doing so, you'll get a higher return on your investment when you finally decide to sell your home.

So, what are some of the top value-adding improvements in the bathroom? Here's a short list to consider:

  • Install a new vanity
  • Add a new shower door (frameless glass shower doors are a popular choice)
  • High-pressure shower head
  • New tile flooring
  • Improved lighting
  • Paint the walls with a fresh, vibrant color

Tip #5) Keep It Ventilated

One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when renovating their bathrooms is not keeping it properly ventilated. Bathrooms tend to develop a high amount of humidity, and too much of this humidity can lead to mold, mildew and even rotting. If your bathroom currently doesn't have one, install an exhaust fan to push out the humidity.

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