Need a Bathroom Makeover?
When done properly, bathroom remodeling provides you with a small slice of peacefulness where you can shut out the world and breathe. You get some of the benefits you would get from a spa getaway or a calming retreat, but in the comfort of your home, on demand and at no extra cost. Keeping that in mind, the proper planning and preparation are needed if you want your remodeling project in Salem to be a success.
Different bathrooms are used differently
When it comes to the bathroom, a lot is going on in a relatively small space. As such, it is vital to focus on both function and style. You need to consider how much traffic this particular bathroom gets and how you use its amenities. Obviously the master bathroom will be used differently from a guest bathroom, or the kids’ bathroom. If the bathroom you are remodeling is mainly used brushing your teeth and rinsing off, then your design choices will end up being different from a bathroom where you relax for hours listening to music by candlelight.
Will you be moving any time soon?
In situations like this you should always take the future into consideration, such as whether or not you intend to stay in your home for the foreseeable future. If this is the situation, you will need to consider how your needs will evolve as you age. Thankfully there are creative ways to create a universal design that looks stylish now while integrating features you may require in the future.
How much money have you reserved for this project?
While the kitchen is the primary room in house when it comes to remodeling, the bathroom is a close second. This means you probably have parameters to your budget as well as anticipations for a good roi, and this is why preparation for your remodeling project is so important. It is impossible to overemphasized how vital the planning and budgeting are to a successful bathroom remodel.
Once you have developed a realistic budget you can easily eliminate any ideas that fall outside of it, which will permit you to focus on features and changes that actually make sense. Planning for your space must address elements such as ventilation, organizing the layout and making decisions on the vast array of fixtures available.
What kind of investment are you making?
Part of the initial preparation process is to lock down your budget so you know exactly how much you can afford to spend. When deciding this you must ask yourself how long you plan to stay in your current home. If your answer is anything less than five years then you should see every dime you spend as a financial investment in which you intend to earn a return. Alternatively, if you have no intention of moving any time soon, the remodeling should be considered an investment in your family’s comfort.
Make A Decision About what your priorities are
It is also important to take labor into consideration when budgeting for your bathroom remodeling, as this often ends up taking about a third of the entire project expense. Keep in mind that you might need to differentiate your most important wants and needs to remain within your budget. Extra luxuries like towel warmers and steam showers are wonderful, but they are not necessarily essential to the function of the space so if you run into budgetary concerns they should be at the top of the list of things to remove.
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Always leave a little flexibility
No matter how well you plan, unexpected surprises are bound to arise, when they do you should have some money tucked away to deal with them. A safe rule of thumb is to keep 10 percent of the labor cost separate from your operating budget to ensure that you are covered in case a problem comes up. The good news is that if the financial cushion is not needed, you will have some money left over at the project’s end for those extra luxuries you might have had to eliminate.
Don’t trust your home to amateurs
The fact of the matter is that it can be pricey to remodel your bathroom, but you can still get quite a bit of work done even if your budget is smaller than you would like. Quite often people don’t want to hire professionals because they think they can’t afford it. In reality hiring less skilled workers will actually you more in the long run because of problems that will arise from sub par work. Professional bathroom remodelers and contractors will in reality help you get the most value out of your budget.
If you intend to undertake a bathroom or home remodeling project in your Salem home, we at Steve’s Home Improvement would be glad to be of service. We can help you bring your vision to life, while setting practical goals for your remodeling project. To schedule an appointment give us a call today (503) 342-8234.