Top 5 Things to Avoid When Remodeling Your Bathroom

Just as important as knowing what you should do when remodeling a bathroom is knowing what you shouldn't do. That’s why we are focusing here on what renovations and remodeling projects that you shouldn't have performed here. Making a mistake when remodeling your bathroom is different than making one in other areas of the house. Bathrooms are unique since there is so much water flowing in and out of the room. A remodeling error here can cost you not only thousands in repair costs, but the structural damage of sustained water leakage. If you can avoid these mistakes, you will save yourself thousands while keeping your peace of mind. Here’s what you should do:
  • Take your time: Remodeling is a process that too many people rush through because they can’t wait to be done. Everybody wants their project to be finished as soon as possible, but there are a lot of things that can go wrong if you rush a bathroom. Plan well before you start. Meet with your contractor and discuss your budget and timetable. If possible, keep most of your plumbing in its original space. Moving them is risky and can cost you thousands. Follow your plan and remember, nothing is more expensive than remodeling twice!
  • Stick to your budget, but don’t be cheap: It can be tempting to hire labor that is dirt cheap when you are trying to lower costs. But remember, if they make a mistake, you are likely going to be paying much more in order to correct that error. A remodeling project in your bathroom is well worth paying the extra money to professionals who have experience and are going to get the job right the first time. Plumbers, electricians, tile setters, and cabinet installers are all involved in remodels, so finding a contractor who has a team already in place will work well in your favor. If you're looking for well priced bathroom supplies you could do worse than checking out our friends at ABL Tile & Bathroom.
  • Always factor in water usage: Upgrading your shower and adding space often means that you are going to use more water in that area. The same goes for adding a new sink. These are areas where your water usage is going to increase, and too often old plumbing isn't ready for the job. When you remodel, you will want to look into water efficient fixtures, such as those that qualify as high quality under the EPA’s WaterSense program. Upgrading will decrease the chance leaks will spring up.
  • Only buy products that you've seen firsthand: Buying a product secondhand, based on what you've heard about is a recipe for disaster. When buying online, make sure that the source is reputable and that the products have been used before with success. When buying from a vendor, ask to see an example of the product working. Buying the wrong product can cost you dearly in remodeling costs.
  • Storage space is more valuable than you think: Not having enough storage space can be the kiss of death for a bathroom. Even a beautifully remodeled bathroom simply doesn't have high value if there isn't enough space for soap, mouthwash, and other amenities. Make sure that you have cabinets, shelves, and extra space for all the essentials.
This article by Mateo Vincent, a wannabe builder that instead stick to DIY projects around the home!