If you enjoy watching home improvements on TV, you are sure to hear plenty of intimidating words that can make a bathroom remodel seem out of reach.
Rather than get caught up in the drama, it’s important to set your own realistic expectations if you’re considering a bathroom remodel.
Misconceptions to Avoid
1. You can do it yourself
Unless you are one of the few lucky people who is a master plumber, tiler, framer, drywall hanger and painter; remodeling your bathroom is best left to the experts. Start with a good designer who listens to your vision and understands your budget.
2. You need a big budget
The fact is, you can achieve most (if not all) of the results you want on any budget. The key is to start with a clear budget, rather than a design. This sets you and your designer down a path that lets you be creative and realistic at the same time.
3. You can’t go green
If you make going green a priority, there are several things you can do in the bathroom. Low-flow faucets, high-efficiency toilets, tankless water heaters and other products can help you protect the environment AND save money by using resources in a smarter way. Additionally, there is a growing array of recycled and Eco-friendly tile and counter top materials from which to choose.
4. Your new bathroom needs to be bigger
You do not need to make your bathroom bigger for a remodel to be worthwhile. In fact, in many cases, expanding is not recommended. Using your existing space more effectively and purposefully will allow you to make the most of what you already have.
5. It isn’t worth the money
A large-scale bathroom remodel may not boost the value of your home as much as a large-scale kitchen remodel, but well-planned updates can add value.
Is it worth it to update bathrooms?
It sure does! On average, homeowners spend just over $20,000 on a midrange bathroom renovation project, and nearly $65,000 on an upscale bathroom renovation project. At resale, midrange renovations recoup 67.2% of their costs, while upscale renovations recoup 60.2%.