A bathroom remodel can cost you a fair amount of money, but if you are able to get a bathroom that’s perfect for you and your family or something that is what sells a person to buy your home, you can easily get your money back and then some. The key, as it is with many home improvement projects, is to narrow down all the different pieces of the remodel. What will you do yourself? What will you send out to contractors? What are the things that you can’t miss out on and what do you consider to be merely side bonuses? There’s no one answer to all of these, but you can start by breaking down your remodel into the concept behind it, and the work that puts that concept into action.
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So, what’s the concept behind a bathroom remodel? You may be thinking about themes and aesthetics, but that’s more the middle step rather than the core concept. The core concept is exactly what you plan to accomplish. For example, is this a home you are staying in for a while, and you plan on converting an existing bathroom to be more with the times? Maybe your ambitions are more practical, like you want to make the bathroom a better fit for small children or an elderly person with certain physical needs. And then, of course, there is the matter of resale. Here, you are less concerned about your needs and more what the market is. Ideally, you will have a time frame you want to sell this home in, so you will be looking for good bathroom trends that will increase your chance of selling the home.
The reason why this step is so important is that it will inform other aspects of your planning. For example, if you’re remodeling a bathroom for your use, you’re going to be looking more for things like material and practical concerns like bathroom storage. For resale, you’re doing a bit of a guessing game, both on what people will like, and how much of an investment you should make. For example, if you pay a lot for a remodel, but the housing market is down and you only get a slight spike in prices, you’ve made a poor investment.
Putting the concept together is the first step, and the intermediate step is creating a budget. Bathroom remodels can cost anywhere from $3,000-$100,000. This is a massive jump, but you want to calculate estimates for your work, the labor costs, and give yourself a bit of a cushion, generally around 15% of what you were looking to pay for the entire remodel. The more complex a remodel gets the more chances of there being issues, especially with an older house or one with some issues. This cushion takes a bit of the stress on your back.
The thing about a bathroom remodel is that it isn’t quite like changing a family room or your bedroom. There is function along with the form you need to address. As a result, during your remodeling process, you probably want to invest in a plumbing inspection. According to Fix It Right Plumbing in Geelong, a plumbing inspection “ensures you’ll always know your plumbing is operating the way it should while keeping on top of repairs that may arise. Not only does this help prevent plumbing disasters, it’s a simple way of maintaining the value of your property.” This is especially the case if you plan on making modifications to the plumbing, whether it’s to upgrade or simply replace older pipes, etc.
On the topic of plumbers, you need to decide what professionals you are going to bring on to help with the remodel. A good mindset to have is when in doubt, contract it out. It’s easy to get in the mindset that you can save with some DIY work, but this isn’t always practical, especially for complex projects. In some cases, certain work, like wiring and plumbing, needs to be handled by a professional under law. Major structural changes may even require an architect. A good idea is to start thinking about what types of professionals you are willing to pay for early on, rather than have to take bids and whatnot while your bathroom is in mid-construction.