The best bathroom renovation tips can be just as much about what not to do than advice you should follow. In this guide, we are going to take you through the five biggest renovation traps that you must avoid! Let’s add value to your home with these bathroom renovation Tips!
Although bathrooms are usually the smallest rooms in the home, they can be the most expensive to renovate. Having said this, when done well, renovations can prove to be a great investment, adding as much as ten per cent to your house value. Not only this, but an incredible bathroom is more pleasant to use than a rundown old one. Unfortunately, a renovation dream can become a nightmare if you fall into one of these five traps.
This may sound confusing but stay with us. How much you spend on your bathroom renovation will depend on a lot of things, including the size of the room, your budget, and your desires, and your needs. For example, a family home must have a practical bathroom, while the bathroom of a retired couple may be more extravagant. The experts recommend that you spend between $12,000 and $27,000 on a new bathroom or ensuite, depending on your personal situation. However, the most important factor is how much you can afford. Do your homework, research tradespeople, and find the best deals. Underspending can be just as damaging as overspending, as it can take off or waste house value.
Shelling out for a full renovation when you don’t need one is a huge waste of money. Sometimes, a simple cosmetic lift will do the job, without setting you back tens of thousands of dollars. Inspect your bathroom thoroughly. Do you need to rip everything out and start again or could you drastically improve it with a few cosmetic changes? Even if the tiles are revolting and it looks as though you have to start from scratch, the actual structure of the bathroom may be really strong. If you need to change the layout of your plumbing, it can be more time consuming and expensive. However, if you can use the existing plumbing to make some key changes, such as replacing the vanity, putting in new tiles, and choosing new taps, you can create the same improvements on a tight budget. Be warned, even cosmetic changes to the floor can be expensive, so plan thoroughly and see whether you can build around the floor style that you already have.
This is one of the oldest and most important rules when it comes to renovating any room in your house. Choose the right people for the job! You should be looking for those who are both experienced and reasonably priced, ensuring that they have all the relevant credentials, training, and insurance. Check with your local council to make sure! Remember, you also need to hire a manager or coordinator, unless you take this job on yourself. We also want to highlight the absolute need to get a qualified waterproofer in to install the waterproof membrane of your bathroom. Without this, it will be a disaster! Check what your state waterproofing guidelines/rules are before starting.
One of the most common bathroom renovation mistakes is choosing style over substance. We cannot urge you enough to prioritise functionality above all else! If the bathroom doesn’t work well, it doesn’t matter what it looks like, the value of your home will decrease. The ideal blend is to have a functional bathroom that also looks amazing but be sure to tick the first box first. Your choices should be dictated by the home itself and what can be achieved there, rather than trying to shoehorn a bathroom that simply will not fit. Maintain the existing style in your home if possible. For example, if you live in a beautifully rustic old cottage, an ultra-modern toilet may look out of place. Stylish bathroom features are often the most expensive, so do your research before picking out these luxuries.
DIY work is possible when you are talking about simple cosmetic changes in your bathroom. However, unless you are qualified and trained, we urge you not to take on any complex renovations yourself. This is a one-way ticket to mistakes that will cost you big further down the line. When plumbing, electrics, and waterproofing is needed, you must hire a professional. If something goes wrong, it will cost you even more to fix it later. In fact, installing your own electric/plumbing is illegal, not to mention dangerous!
The average cost of a bathroom renovation in 2019/20, looking at over 230,000 jobs, was between $16,430 and $17,522. Of course, the price can change drastically depending on your home, the size of the room, and your personal plans. We say that you should aim for something between $12,000 and $27,000. We also recommend that your bathroom renovation should cost around 2% of the total property value. For example, if the house is worth $700,000, spend $14,000 on a new bathroom.
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