Chapter 1: Reasons to Consider Bathroom Remodeling
Your bathroom is a space where you can relax and escape the stresses of the day. Although some may not believe it, many homeowners will mention their bathroom as one of their favorite rooms in their home. However, if your bathroom is outdated, cramped, or in need of repair, you may not be getting those vibes. There are many signs that could be telling you it’s time to consider remodeling your bathroom.
1. Your Current Space is Outdated or in Need of Repairs
One of the major reasons many homeowners consider a bathroom remodel is to repair specific damage. A cracked sink, a leaky showerhead, or worn-out fixtures are not only unsightly to look at, but can cause major damage behind the walls. If you ignore lurking problems by thinking that you can live with the annoyance, it won’t take long for it to become a much bigger issue. Circumstances like this can cause water damage and mold growth-both of which are unhealthy and frustrating to deal with once they’ve gotten out of hand.
2. Lack of Space and Functionality
If your bathroom has become a small space of chaos in your home, it can make mornings and evenings very difficult to prepare for and wind down from the day. While some bathrooms simply have a small footprint, others have an inefficient layout that can make the room feel even smaller than it is. Your bathroom needs to be functional and allow you to move around freely. It’s important to have the storage to hold the necessary items you want to keep on hand. If you’re struggling with a lack of space or a layout that just doesn’t make sense, it’s time to consider remodeling your bathroom.
3. Poor Energy Efficiency
Outdated bathrooms don’t just look old. Outdated fixtures can be costing you money in your utility bills and are not very environmentally friendly. Old plumbing wastes water, old lighting fixtures aren’t very energy efficient, and both can be driving up your monthly expenses. Bathrooms are high-traffic areas. One flush or shower may not seem like a big deal, but if you have several people in your home using the same bathroom daily, that waste and inefficiency can add up quickly. While this isn’t a top priority for every homeowner, if you are already considering a bathroom remodeling project, this is something to consider.
4. Your Outdated Space is Hurting Your Home’s Marketability
If you are planning on selling your home, a dated, dingy, or poorly laid out bathroom can cost you. Most homebuyers are looking for move-in ready spaces and are not looking to take on a remodeling project, especially a bathroom. If homebuyers see a dated bathroom, they know that you have not invested in any upgrades in the space and may wonder if there is any underlying damage. Homebuyers are quick to turn away in favor of a home that has a fresh look, particularly in the bathrooms. If you are considering listing your home, take a good look at your bathroom and determine if it is attracting buyers – or turning them off. Fortunately, remodeling your bathroom packs a high ROI. If the cost of the project has you second-guessing whether or not you should do it before you sell, it’s important to note that this project in particular will help you sell your home, and you’ll recoup a hefty percentage of your investment.
5. Enhance Your Safety and Accessibility
While you may not be thinking about it now, safety and accessibility will be a concern for you – or your homebuyers – down the road. Sometimes recovering from an injury can show a homeowner exactly how inaccessible or unsafe their bathroom is for a person who is not completely mobile. If you are hoping to stay in your home and “age in place”, or if you are hoping to sell your home and want to make it as desirable as possible, having accessible fixtures in the bathroom can make the space far more desirable. While this may not be a concern for everyone who is taking on a bathroom remodeling project, some want to look ahead and make sure that the bathroom is a safe and accessible place for anyone who uses it.
6. Make Your Bathroom Your Own with Personalization and Aesthetic Upgrades
One of the biggest reasons to consider a bathroom remodeling project is to improve the aesthetic of your space and make it exactly how you want it to be. If you love to take a long bath at the end of the day, a bathroom remodel is the chance to get the tub you’ve always dreamed of. If you hate cleaning a bathtub but long for a dual-headed shower, a bathroom remodel can turn something you don’t want into something you do. If you and your spouse struggle to share the sink in the morning, a dual sink may solve your problems. If the space feels dark, a remodel can allow you to get new lighting to open it up. Think about what you would most like from your space and take this opportunity to get the bathroom you’ve always wanted.