After staying inside to flatten the curve, you’ve had more than enough time to focus on every single interior design flaw. If it’s been a while since you last updated your bathroom, you’re probably sick and tired of its chipped tiles and leaking taps. But before you take a sledgehammer to your shower wall—and your frustrations at the same time—check out these tips first.
1. Understand Your Costs
A bathroom renovation can be a costly place to renovate. According to Home Stars, the average remodel costs homeowners $13,393. If your stomach sank at that price, consider it a long-term investment. When done well, a bathroom reno has one of the highest resale returns as far as renovations go.
Your personal budget may depend on the size of your bathroom, as well as your goals. Tearing your room down to the studs to rebuild it, replete with a rain shower and whirlpool bath, will naturally cost more than simply refreshing the paint and fixtures.
What do you want to do? Sketch out your plans before researching the costs to understand the price tag that awaits.
2. Figure out Financing
More than one-third of renovating homeowners said they waited until they saved up what they needed before jumpstarting plans. That’s according to a study from the remodelling site Houzz, which reports nine in ten homeowners also said they paid for their renos with at least some cash.
Be like these homeowners. Saving will always be the best way to tackle home improvement projects.
The only exception may be when an unexpected emergency requires an immediate repair, regardless of what’s in your savings account. Then, you may consider how a line of credit fits into your plans.
Here are some examples of when line of credit personal loans may be a practical option:
- Replacing tiles reveals you have black mold
- Installing a new bathtub exposes a hidden leak that’s caused significant damage
- Hurting yourself badly enough during the reno you need to go the emergency room
3. Evaluate Your DIY Attitude
DIY can be both a boon and a bane to your remodel. If done correctly, you may shave off a considerable amount of money from your final price tag. But you risk making costly mistakes if you end up biting off more than you can chew.
Be honest with yourself. Just how much can you conceivably do on your own?
If you aren’t sure, hedge your bets. You may paint, install a new tap, or switch outdated light fixtures, but leave major plumbing renos to the professionals.
4. Adjust Your Designs for the Bathroom
Interior design trends that are perfect for your living room may not translate well to the bathroom. Remember, this room will see a lot of moisture, and its humidity levels may affect the materials you use.
Rethink using up that extra paint you have leftover from your bedroom refresh. If moisture gets underneath it, it can end up bubbling. Not only is this unattractive, but it’s an invitation for mold and mildew to grow.
Try ordering a paint made specifically for the bathroom instead, as it will stand up against humidity better, and it comes with anti-microbial additives to prevent mold.
Rushing into plans because you’re tired of your bathroom may feel cathartic, but it can lead you into making costly mistakes. Slow it down and remember these tips. They can help you plan a methodical reno that fits your budget.