This is a question that enters in and out of the minds of homeowners pretty often. Is your bathroom really that bad? Is it even an important enough part of the house to upgrade? What would you do to upgrade it? Here are a few things to think about to make sure you get the best upgrade at the best time.
What’s your current bathroom situation?
- Do you have enough space? This includes storage space, vanity space and space to move around and feel comfortable.
- Does your bathroom still look dirty even after cleaning it? Do your surfaces, grout, floor, tiles, and fixtures look dingy or dirty after they have been scrubbed? Are they cracked, timeworn, or poorly matched? Is there a forever-lingering stench?
- Are your appliances efficient? Does your shower provide enough pressure? Do your appliances save you money in the long run, including energy saving light fixtures, low flow toilets, etc.? How’s your plumbing?
- Is everything organized? Is everything organized and easily accessible? Does your bathroom look neat?
- How do you feel when you are in your bathroom? Is it a space you love to be in? Does it feel calm and relaxing?
What time of year are you upgrading? This matters for both hiring contractors and for your availability.
- Towards the end of the year and around holiday time, money is tight for many people. If you can afford to do so, many contractors are looking for jobs at this time of year and you can negotiate a good deal.
- Think about what’s going on in your life. Do you have time to oversee an upgrade, choose what you want and be around for crucial decision-making?
- Are you renovating other parts of your home? Living in a partially renovated home can be frustrating, but if you plan your renovations smartly, it doesn’t have to be.
Can I afford this?
- No matter what picture perfect ideas you have been sending to your friends, if you don’t have the money to afford it, now is not the right time.
- If you have your heart set on a new beautiful bathroom but don’t have a large budget, think about low cost upgrades that can have a big impact.
- Contact a professional to give you an estimate of different levels of renovations you could do to increase your home’s value, beauty and comfort. This way you know more or less how much it will cost and if you can afford it now.
A skillfully remodeled bathroom will provide years of pleasure and comfort, and add value to your home. Whatever you decide to do, don’t rush the process. Consider what you would really enjoy in your bathroom and make sure you use a reliable, honest contractor to get the job done right.