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Oh My! My Bathroom needs an upgrade!
April 25th, 2013 2:25 PM

Have you 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 value.

According to Angie’s List, homeowners spend an average of $16,000 on a bathroom remodel and the National Kitchen and Bath Association, NKBA, 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.

Of course, 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 and 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 Luck!

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