Bathroom Remodeling Tips and Tricks
Remodeling your bathroom is a great way to add some value to your home. Switching from bland, monochrome tiles into Mediterranean-inspired stone mosaics, for instance, will liven your bathroom up and add a dash of elegance to boot. However, in order to make sure your bathroom remodeling is done with the least amount of stress possible, here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind:
Create a budget…
Rules of Renovation explains that money rules in any bathroom remodeling, so you’ll need come up with a budget. The greater the change (e.g., changing tiles, redoing the plumbing), the bigger the costs, so take into account every detail to make the budget as realistic as possible. Don't be afraid to ask around for quotes and prices either.
… Then secure your funds
Running out of money in the middle of remodeling can cost you days, weeks, or even months of time with an unusable bathroom. This is why it's not only important to budget, but to secure the right amount of funds as well. If you feel your current finances might not cover the renovation consider taking out a loan. A guide to home improvement loans by Marcus outlines how some of them are used by homeowners for bathroom renovations. It’s an option for homeowners who don’t have much equity but who want to make renovations nonetheless, as the loans can cover up to $40,000. If your home has equity, though, you can take out a home equity line of credit, which Fox34 describes as similar to a credit card loan. As such, you can get only the amount you need. However, if you don’t want to take out a loan, you can always try borrowing from family or friends.
Feel free to DIY, but get help if needed,
Sure, you can do the remodeling on your own, especially if your changes are mostly cosmetic, like sprucing up your bathroom walls with wallpaper. Having said that, do get help — from a professional, preferably — for things beyond your skill level, like redoing plumbing, for instance, or rewiring electronics. Even changing tiles, in fact, might require some help, whether it's from a relative, friend, or professional. In this way, you can be sure that everything gets done correctly. You’ll also reduce the chances of anything going wrong, as mistakes will add to your final tab.
Don’t forget about the lighting...
The Spruce notes that lighting is vital in any bathroom, as it’s where you and your family visually inspect your face and hair. Unfortunately, most bathrooms have very dim lighting courtesy of a ceiling fixture only. To improve the lighting options add a provision for new lights to your bathroom remodeling budget, such as scones around the bathroom mirror. To achieve a mood-setting effect, you might want to invest in a dimmer switch that’ll help you adjust your bathroom’s lighting.
... And add ventilation, too
DIY Network emphasizes that moisture is your bathroom's enemy, as it can cause mold and mildew, both of which can damage or spoil your newly renovated bathroom. The solution to this is to install a vent fan that can cover every square footage of your bathroom. If your bathroom is 100 square feet or smaller, your vent fan should ideally be 1 cubic feet per minute (CFM). The good news is that new vent fan designs now are quieter, and a lot more stylish than the old ones. So, you'll likely find a vent fan that suits your bathroom remodel plans.
Check your insurance
One final thing: Check if your home insurance covers bathroom renovation, or if you actually have one in the first place. This is your safety net in case something goes wrong. This is particularly important if your remodeling involves plumbing alterations and tile installations. This is an investment worth making, as it can save you a fortune if anything gets messed up. Needless to say, do get your home insured now.
The article was written especially for walkerzanger.com/ Submitted by Ashley Dawson.
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