Tips for Bathroom Renovations

A modern bathroom can increase the value of your home. Remodeling your bathroom can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. Here are some tips to help you plan your bathroom renovation project.

The first step is to figure out your budget. Knowing how much you can afford to spend will help you choose what to replace, what to refurbish, and which designs or models to choose. You can save money on some items, but in other cases it is wise to spend more for better quality.

You may be tempted to rearrange your sink, toilet, and tub, but that can significantly add to the cost of your bathroom renovations. Moving things around will require you to change the way your plumbing is set up, which can be pricey.

You don't necessarily need to replace your toilet, sink, shower, counter, or cabinets to breathe new life into your bathroom. You might be able to refurbish these elements at a fraction of what it would cost to replace them. This will also help the environment because those old items won't wind up in a landfill.

While you might be able to do some things yourself, others, such as plumbing and wiring, are best left to professionals. If you don't feel confident in your skills, it is better to hire a contractor to do the work from the beginning than to make a serious mistake and have to hire someone to fix it. Ask for references, and get more than one estimate before choosing a contractor. The contractors you are considering should look for any potential problems with issues such as plumbing, wiring, or mold before submitting their estimates. Be sure the contractor you choose is licensed and insured. Read the contract carefully before you sign.

Minor changes can enhance the appearance of your bathroom. You can replace faucets, showerheads, and drawer pulls inexpensively and increase the amount of light to improve the look of your bathroom. Also consider creating additional storage space if that is a limitation of your bathroom's current design.

Green products are energy-efficient, which means they can lower your electric bills. Eco-friendly products are also free of chemicals that could be detrimental to your health.

Be sure that your bathroom is well ventilated. Moisture can cause mold and mildew that can damage your bathroom and also be hazardous to your health. Be sure to install a vent fan if your bathroom doesn't already have one.

A remodeled bathroom can be a wise investment that will increase the value of your home. Be realistic about your budget and what you can do yourself, and seek the help of a qualified contractor if necessary in order to ensure the best results.

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