ever walked into your bathroom and thought, “Oh my! My bathroom needs a serious upgrade!” Remodeling bathrooms ranked the highest from
2009 to 2011 on most popular rooms to remodel in the home. In Remodeling magazine’s 2011 Cost vs.
Value Report, they
documented that 62% of the renovation cost can be recouped. A homeowner can also choose to have their
house appraised after the work is completed to measure any increase in market
Angie’s List, homeowners spend an average of $16,000 on a bathroom remodel and
the National Kitchen and Bath
suggest that the cost of remodeling should stay within 5 to 10 percent of your
home’s value. Staying within those
parameters is another story. A large
determining factor in that is whether you can avoid mistakes or last minute
changes to the plan. Let’s not forget
the homes that are 50 to 100 years old can present their own set of challenges. Sometimes you just don’t know what to expect
until you begin to take it apart.
Angie’s List is always a good place to start when finding a contractor that is
licensed, bonded, and insured. A
homeowner should always have a copy of the latest insurance certificate. The next step would be determining the layout
and materials. Experts suggest that you
plan these decisions based not only on your taste but also resale value. For example, experts say that it is becoming
more popular to remove full-size tubs and installing large walk-in showers up
to 21 square feet. Keep in mind that
removing all the tubs would limit your marketability especially if a potential
buyer has a baby. A baby will need a
tub. Don’t forget to plan for storage,
and functionality, as well as comfort.
more homeowners are going for recreating a spa like atmosphere in their home
and rightly so, it’s comforting and soothing.
Rainforest showerheads, frameless glass walls, and even doorless walk-in
showers have become popular as they eliminate lines and this is appeasing to
the eye. Just remember, budget is
important. If you make any changes, put
them in writing. Repositioning toilets
and sinks can add cost to the project, sometimes up to $2,000. Do your
research. Plan for the unexpected, especially
if you own an older home and have a reserve set aside for those situations Good
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