Bathrooms always seem to be the problem child of a home (that or the kitchen), which might explain why, according to a survey put out by the National Association of Home Builders, bathroom remodeling is the most requested job in the United States, making up almost 80% of renovations. Bathroom renovations can include anything from replacing big items (like floors or showers) to putting new tile in or redecorating, such as adding a back splash. However, facing a bathroom remodel can be intimidating — where do you start? What do you focus on first? Who can help? Whether you have long-term or short-term plans to stay in your house, undertaking a bathroom remodel and considering a new bathroom design can be in your best interests. If you’re planning to stay, why put up with a dysfunctional bathroom that you hate? And if you’re planning to sell, a remodeled bathroom could be a big selling point.
What Should I Focus On With a Bathroom Remodel?
Many people focus on the big stuff, like replacing the floors, countertops, showers, and sinks in their bathrooms. Indeed, four out of five homeowners who are renovating will make these big changes. Almost 90% of those renovating their bathrooms will update their shower — important, given that almost 75% of homeowners are updating a bathroom for the first time in 16 years! A new bathtub can offer advanced high-tech features, whereas most people upgrading their shower are looking to bump out its size by 50% or more.
However, figure out your own needs. What’s really been bugging you about your bathroom? What do you find the most inconvenient? Answering these questions can help you target what areas need the most work. For example, if your biggest gripe is that your bathroom is too dark or drab, adding light (either by adding a window or simply installing brighter lights) and a colorful back splash would be among your goals for your bathroom remodel.
Why Should I Consider Even Doing a Bathroom Remodel?
Life is too short to spend a significant amount of time in a bathroom you hate. If you’re planning on being in your home for awhile, make it comfortable! Make it yours — add that bright red back splash behind the sink if you want to! Part of that process is changing the parts of the house that you don’t like or that aren’t working to fit your needs.
You may also consider doing a bathroom remodel as circumstances change. As you get older — or if you take an elderly relative in — you may need to look at a handicap bathroom design to make life easier.
And if you’re thinking about selling in a few years, redoing an otherwise drab or terrible bathroom could help make selling your home a bit easier by adding greater appeal. People are often leery of bathrooms when viewing houses for sale and having a great one can make a big difference.
How Do I Find Good Bathroom Remodelers?
Unless you have a background in construction, you probably want to hire a professional bathroom remodeler to get your bathroom into perfect shape. Don’t be afraid to quote a few different remodeling companies — but be sure that you’re showing them the same vision you have, to ensure an accurate quote from each.
Getting referrals from family or friends is the best way to find a bathroom remodeler that you know you can trust. You’re probably getting the referral because that person had firsthand experience — or knew someone who had experience — with the company, and likes them enough to pass their name along.
You want to make sure that any contractor you hire is licensed, carries insurance, and can offer a guarantee on the work they do — these things will protect all parties involved.
Don’t suffer in a bathroom you hate. Want that fun tiled back splash? Go for it! Make a plan for remodeling your bathroom and enjoy reaping the rewards of your new and improved bathroom for years to come.