If you are thinking about a bathroom remodel, you may be wondering just how it will be of benefit to you and to your home. Bathroom remodeling is one of the more costly home improvement projects and you want to think it through carefully and get the most you can from it.
Remodeling your bathroom can greatly increase the value of your home, especially if it has been a number of years since anything substantial was done to your bathroom. While you may have no immediate plans to sell your home, in this day and time, few homeowners stay in any one home for long. It is wise, therefore, to be thinking ahead when you are planning a remodel. If you should want to sell in the future, a bathroom remodel will not only increase the value of your home, but it will help it to sell faster.
Often, as the size of a family increases, the need for more space and a larger home will create a need to sell and move. Employment changes, or the desire to move closer to other family members is another reason that many people move.
Many of us remember the avocado or gold tone bathtubs of the seventies. Today there are bathtubs in gray, black and other colors. While these colors may appeal to you, they may not hold great universal appeal if you should later wish to sell your home. Aside from that, I can think of two reasons not to choose black. The price would be the first factor, but I can also visualize how prominently dust or lint would show up on black fixtures. White and bisque will not soon go out of favor.
A bathroom remodel that is done well and finished is one home improvement project for which you can usually recover most or all of the expense put into it. Bathrooms and kitchen are the two rooms that carry the most weight in selling a home, and are the two rooms that will be evaluated the most critically by home buyers.
Right now you may not care about all of this, but want to know how a bathroom remodel will benefit you today, and in the future as long as you live in your current home.
What can you and the members of your household get out of remodeling your bathroom? If you are beginning to have thoughts of a remodel, then obviously your bathroom is not meeting your current needs. What do you want to change, and what do you want to add?
You can do a complete bathroom remodel, or just a partial depending on what you have to work with. Consider if you have fixtures that are in good condition that you could keep and incorporate into your new bathroom. Bathroom fixtures can be very durable and last many years. If you can salvage some fixtures, this will lessen the cost of remodeling.
One thing to think about is your water tank. This is a good time to evaluate how effective your current hot water tank is, and evaluate whether it will stand up for many more years. If you are adding some of the new shower heads you may need to think both about the size of your current pipes, and whether your current hot water supply will be adequate.
Think also about your wiring. If you have an inadequate number of outlets, this is the time to address the problem. And consider lighting along with wiring. Ceiling lights that are recessed are good for overall lighting, but for grooming and applying cosmetics, there should also be lighting on both sides above the vanity.
If your existing bathroom is a number of years old, there are many additions that will make your bathroom much more useable, and allow you some everyday luxuries to enjoy.
Do some shopping to see what is currently available. There are showers with music devices built in, massage jets, and steam.
You will find shower heads in a wide variety. Heated units to put under flooring are wonderful if you live in a primarily cool area. And there are also towel warmers.
Take the time to be aware of what is currently available, plan your bathroom remodeling well, and you will have a room to give you daily small pleasures. And if you should sell anytime soon, you should see a reasonable return on your investment in a quick sale and a larger price tag for your home.