Bathroom remodeling mistakes can derail the best-laid plans. Creating a new bathroom is an exciting project, and one you’ll want to get right first time so you don’t compromise your room scheme, or end up spending more than you intended by putting errors right.
To help your bathroom remodeling project run smoothly, we’ve asked the experts which traps homeowners fall into most frequently. With their know-how, you can create the bathroom you’ve been hankering after without encountering any costly drawbacks in the process…
1. Going over budget
To avoid going over budget, good research on bathroom remodel costs is a must. ‘Most homeowners do not research enough the different brands and product types to assess the combination of what they like with what they can afford,’ says John Bodrozic, co-founder of HomeZada. ‘The price points for plumbing fixtures, tiles, vanities, light fixtures, etc vary widely by brand and type of material.’
Don’t forget either that a bathroom remodel may entail unforeseen expenditure. ‘As a general rule of thumb, once you have received your quote for your bathroom, you should add 20 per cent to your budget as a contingency,’ recommends PlumbNation.
2. Failing to properly compare estimates
When you’re getting estimates for a remodel, it’s tempting to go with the cheapest, but this shouldn’t be the only criterion for your choice, and you should also make sure you accurately compare the details.
‘Don’t let price be the only factor when you are hiring a contractor,’ says Joy Harris of construction/remodel company Cedar Grove Maintenance. ‘Ask your friends and family for recommendations, see how long they have been in business, check their online reviews and trust your gut. If you like the contractor you will have a better experience and sometimes that may mean you pay a little more.
‘If the estimates you receive are vastly different take a look at the details – sometimes someone may have accidentally left something off their estimate which would be the reason for the price difference. We recommend using a spreadsheet to compare your estimates.’
3. Cramming too much in
Yes, it’s tempting to opt for every fixture and fitting that makes all your dream bathroom ideas come true, but you need to take the size of the room into account.
‘Unfortunately, I’ve seen many bathroom remodels where the homeowner tried to cram too much into the space,’ says realtor Trey Van Tuyl of Discover Homes Miami. ‘This not only risks violating building codes, but can also make the bathroom uncomfortable to use.’
Be aware of the dimensions of each of the individual elements you are including in the room, too. A common error is picking bathroom fixtures and features which are too big for the space, warn the experts at PlumNation.
4. Neglecting ventilation requirements
A bathroom is a humid environment, and so it’s vital to create adequate ventilation. Realtor Trey Van Tuyl has seen many clients make a mistake with the choice of exhaust fan.
‘It’s really important to choose a fan