Most people want to ensure every aspect of their home is stylish, comfortable and inspires glee.
While we may not necessarily need magazine or showroom-quality designs, it helps to have a room that meets our stringent standards for quality and overall comfort.
If you are considering taking steps to renovate a bathroom, it’s important to make sure you get things right from the start. Otherwise, you will find yourself having to redo things. That could not only be financially draining; it will also take a big chunk from your valuable time.
To help with your bathroom renovation, here are some of the top mistakes that amateurs make — avoid them.
1. Failing to Budget Accurately
So, you have a set amount in the bank that you know you cannot go over, and it is up to you to stick to that amount no matter what.
You must make sure you don’t take on more than you can handle. To do this, get detailed quotes from contractors that include labor as well as all materials for the work you want finished.
Once you have the quote you like, add an extra 20 percent onto it just in case you have more materials to buy or in case you change your mind about the type of paint or other material you plan to use.
Don’t be unrealistic with your budget and assume you can cut corners and find cheap materials if you have never taken on a bathroom remodel before, or if you do not already know the cost of everything.
Always set your overall budget higher than the expected, projected cost so you won’t find yourself stuck in the middle with no money to finish everything as it needs to be finished.
2. Neglecting to Spot Mold and Mildew
Nothing ruins the ambiance of a beautiful new bathroom more than mold and mildew.
Not only is it unsightly, but depending on the type of mold growth, it can cause allergic reactions in people as well as breathing difficulty for those with asthma, COPD, lung disease and other illnesses.
You need to check for signs of water damage including water stains, soft walls, loose or missing tiles and noticeable spores or foul odors.
The bathroom is prone to water damage; making sure any mold or mildew growth is taken care of is important before you find yourself spending more later to repair or replace weakened walls, flooring, studs and more.