Remodeling Your Bathroom Adds Value to Your Home
Is your bathroom looking worn or outdated? Do you wake up in the night to the sound of running water because the mechanism in your toilet is stuck open? Do you find yourself going over to friends’ homes and feeling envious of their dream bathroom? Well, put away that green monster and remodel your bathroom! You too can have a beautiful, tranquil bathroom in your home. After all, remodeling your bathroom increases the overall value of your home.
Some things to consider when remodeling your bathroom (and adding value to your home) are choosing permanent fixtures that are more neutral not only in color but also in style. Many choices in tile, flooring, countertops, sinks, tub enclosures or any other permanent fixture in your bathroom can be easily converted from one style to another with paint and accessory changes. For example, if you choose a gray, white, or other neutral-toned tile for the walls surrounding your tub and a white sink, toilet, and tub, it would be simple to make those colors contemporary, minimalist, mid-century modern, transitional or any other popular style. Thus, adding more value to your home in the event you put it on the market for sale.
Creating your dream bathroom can turn out to be a big project for you to try and tackle by yourself. If you do not have a lot of time or you are not very handy with plumbing and electrical issues, hiring a licensed contractor to remodel your bathroom is definitely for you. Sometimes, upon taking out the old fixtures there are additional surprises like rotting sub floor, mold in the sheetrock or under the fixtures. It might be best for you to hire a contractor to take care of the unexpected surprises that may be found. Hiring a contractor with a lot of experience and a good reputation can make your remodeling project a lot less frustrating and time consuming. When hiring a contractor to remodel your bathroom, here are some tips for finding a good contractor:
- Ask friends, family or a coworker if they have recommendations.
- Always check with the better business bureau before hiring a contractor.
- Look on the internet for contractors in your area and be sure to find a rating for them.
- Check trusted social media platforms for local contractors.
- Enter the contractor's name in Google and see what comes up.
- Ask the contractor to give you 4-5 references.
- Ask for the contractor’s license number and a copy of their insurance.
- Check with the licensing board to see if any complaints have been filed against them.
- Check with your local hardware store, plumbing and electrical supply stores and ask them if they know of a good contractor that they feel comfortable recommending. It might be best to avoid the big chain home improvement stores. The small mom and pop shop that has been around forever will be more likely to steer you in the right direction.
Make sure when you are considering a contractor that you meet with them in person and are confident that they understand your vision of the finished bathroom you want in your home. Once you have hired a contractor, getting exactly what you want in your dream bathroom takes some knowledge and planning. It is a good idea to look at different color schemes, decorating ideas and styles, choosing the decorating ideas that are pleasing to your eye and that flow with the style of the rest of your home. There are many social media sites that have some great ideas. Some of the larger home improvement stores not only have ideas, but workshops for you to see the processes. This allows you not only to see the finished product in person, but touch and feel the texture of the technique. Do some research to make sure you are getting exactly what you want in your bathroom. Before hiring a contractor to begin your remodel, here are a few things you might want to have in your hand and ready to show the contractor:
- A complete list of the work you would like completed in the project.
- Pictures and model numbers of fixtures such as faucets, light fixtures, shower head, tile, grout, flooring, sink and vanity, toilet, tub or shower, mirrors and even accessories if you want the contractor to install them.
- It is advisable to have a price range of what you are willing to pay for each item. This lets the contractor know what you are willing to pay and that you know the value of the item.
- If possible, have samples of tile, flooring, or wall finishes that you want installed, especially if you are wanting a more extensive remodel where the fixtures and walls are going to need to change. Then take the time to make a drawing of the floor plan. It will help the contractor get a clearer picture of what you have in mind.
You may think, “I do not have enough money to remodel, I am stuck with what I have”. In reality, it does not matter if your budget is large, small or in-between, you can remodel your bathroom and add overall value of your home. A beautifully remodeled bathroom in your home will attract more home buyers, if you are looking to sell in the future. Additionally, quality finishes and trendy styles can quickly add dollars to the appraisal report. If you are not remodeling your bathroom to sell your home, still it is always a good idea to keep increasing the value of your home.
Remodel your bathroom for you. Start looking now at social media ideas, talk with coworkers and friends about your dream bathroom, stop at the home improvement store in your area on the way home. Start gathering paint colors, ideas, tile samples, flooring samples. You deserve to have exactly what you want - a beautiful, luxurious bathroom in your home for you to enjoy every day.