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Bathroom remodeling ideas that will raise your home value

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Today an increasing number of homeowners are looking at bathroom remodeling. They are changing their current bathroom décor for a number of reasons. Experts agree that most bathroom renovations will give a return on investment of about 80 to 100 percent when you sell your home. It may not seem like a lot but it is much more than renovations in any other room of your home will net you. It is best to renovate if you plan on living in your home for many more years and you want an updated bathroom that is a pleasure to relax in. It is also a good idea, because it will increase the value of your home if you plan to sell your house. There is much to be said for renovating a home instead of upgrading to a newer and better home. Each time you move you lose money.

Old bathtubs are not just ugly they are unhealthy. The old porcelain will eventually turn porous trapping dirt and bacteria. It will remain grimy looking no matter how often you clean it. Colors in your bathroom like peach and Hunter green are frankly dated and unappealing. Shower doors that you cannot seem to scrub the mildew from are crying out to be replaced. Lighting fixtures in brass that were installed when Dallas was the hit show on television desperately need to be ripped out.

Once you have made up your mind to tackle the renovation, establish a budget. Most bathroom remodeling projects cost anywhere from $4,000 to $9,000. You can lower the costs by doing some of the work yourself. As a rule of thumb, once you have established the budget, increase it by half. Anyone who has been through a home renovation knows they always cost more than you think they will.

Before you grab a crowbar and start tearing off fixtures, draw up a plan. Is the entire layout going to change? If so, you will need to call in a plumber and an electrician to give their opinion on your plans. Hire professionals that come with references. You may pay a little more than you would with Bob down the street who knows a bit about plumbing but the chance of problems, and with bathroom renovations, they can be BIG problems, decreases substantially. It is OK to skimp a little on tiles that are discontinued or fixtures that are sale priced, but do not get cheap when it comes to skilled labor.

Look for ideas online, in magazines and on TV. Think carefully, not just about your needs today, but your needs down the road. Consider some of the features a senior with more limited mobility might need. One day you may be grateful for it, and with an aging population, it helps increase the resell value of your home. Best of luck with your bathroom-remodeling project and remember, it may get frustrating at times and you might be tempted to take shortcuts, but you will be looking at that room for many years and you will never regret choosing quality.


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