5 Top Bathroom Remodeling Tips to Avoid Costly Mistakes


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Remodeling the bathroom is one of the best investments a homeowner can make. Although remodeled bathrooms are not on top of the list of home-improvement projects with the highest return on investment (ROI), it sparks tremendous joy in homeowners, says the National Association of Realtors 2017 Remodeling Impact Report

Seventy-five percent say they like staying at home more, and 65 percent admit they’re happier in their homes after the remodeling project. That is if they get it right. 

Many homeowners make poor decisions and commit common bathroom-remodeling mistakes that lead to more expenses. With that said, keep these tips in mind to avoid costly mistakes during your bathroom remodeling.

Install Ventilation

All bathrooms without windows that open should have exhaust venting fans. This is a building requirement in many cities in the United States. Bathroom fans not only vent out foul odors but also hinder the development of mold and mildew, thereby maintaining good air quality in the room. When you remodel or renovate your bathroom, make sure the window is not less than three square feet in size and will open to at least ½ square feet, as mandated by federal building codes. Even if you have a bathroom window, it’s better to have an exhaust fan to improve ventilation.

Ensure Proper Installation of Fixtures 

The bathroom has several fixtures that are more or less permanent. Moving them somewhere else will take a lot of money and work if they are not properly installed in the first place. That’s why it’s always best to hire professionals to design the layout of your bathroom and install the bathtub, toilet, sink, and other fixtures correctly. 

Moreover, improper installation may cause future problems like leaks, which can damage your plumbing system if they go unnoticed for a long time. Unless you’re an expert in the area, it’s better to leave the plumbing to the pros.

Avoid Going Too Trendy 

For your bathroom remodel, stick to a design that won’t go out of style for many years. Going too trendy with your bathroom design is like flushing your hard-earned money down the drain. If you want to be in fashion, choose a feature that won’t cost thousands of dollars to change once the fad dies down. 

Choose designs and features that can transcend time and trends, like neutral palettes, classic styles, and premium materials. Think for the long-term, not just the now.

Use the Right Materials 

The success of your bathroom-remodeling project depends heavily on the materials you use. You should invest plenty of time and resources in looking for the right materials. 

Look beyond the aesthetic value of the materials. Instead, see whether they can withstand prolonged exposure to the wet, warm, and humid environment in the bathroom. Do your research and consult professionals to determine the best materials for the remodel.

Consider the Environment 

Water crisis is real, and it’s a huge problem plaguing many places in the country and the world. Right now, over 700 million people are living in water-stressed conditions. You don’t need to look too far to see the impact of the global water crisis

California has been experiencing a drought since 2011, and New Mexico tops the list of US states with water-supply problems. New Mexico has the same score as that of Eritrea and the United Arab Emirates when it comes to high-pressure water availability. 

Bathrooms are where people use the most water in their homes. If you’re doing a remodel, think of the environment, and choose water-efficient fixtures. Consider replacing your old commode with a water-saving macerating toilet. Opt for low-flow showerheads and faucets.

Get More Value for Your Investment 

A bathroom-remodeling project can cost tens of thousands of dollars, depending on the scale of work. It’s expensive and time-consuming, which is why you shouldn’t make impulsive and uninformed decisions or try to take on work that you’re not equipped to do. 

You may not fully recoup what you spent on the remodel, but your home can fetch a higher price if you put it in the market. The ROI isn’t the only measurement of the full value of your home improvement projects. You can see its impact on the improved quality of your house environment and the joy and contentment you get from being at home. Conserve water, save the environment, and reduce your water bills. 

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