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The Simple Keys to Remodeling Success
Bathroom remodeling can be a major undertaking, especially when you have decided to replace major fixtures, such as a shower or bathtub. Taking out a shower or tub, then adding in a new shower or tub can be very difficult if the proper planning and preparation have not been conducted ahead of time. Here are 3 thoughts to take into consideration before starting any work on your bathroom remodeling project.
1. Consider your current bathtub or shower size. Accurately measure the area you have for your bathtub or shower before any bathroom remodeling begins. Measure your current tub or shower and the area that it occupies before you even begin looking at new fixtures. Although this sounds very elementary, this is a very important step and cannot be overlooked to be sure that a properly sized new shower or tub is selected. Remember to take the measurements with you when going tub or shower shopping.
2. Consider the costs of bathroom remodeling. Don't forget to include all of the costs associated with installing a new shower or tub - the materials, tools and equipment, and the price or time of installation. Paying for installation of your new shower or tub can be very expensive. Consider do-it-yourself installation only if you have experience with this type of work and others willing to help. If you don't have any experience with these types of projects, your best option is probably to turn it over to the professionals. Paying for professional installation can be well worth every penny for the time and headache that it can save you if you don't have any experience.
3. Consider the time it will take for the bathroom remodeling project to be finished. How long will you be without access to the bathroom you have chosen to remodel? Is there another bathroom in your home that you will be able to use in the meantime? If there is not another bathroom in your home, where will you stay for the duration of the remodeling project?
Bathroom Remodeling, more specifically, replacing a shower or bathtub, can be a major task. Be sure to have a clear plan before you begin any work on the bathroom so that your experience will be a positive one.
With the current struggling housing market, many potential home-sellers are remodeling their homes either to encourage a sale or to keep. Before you bring out the hammer and nails for a little sprucing up, here are a few dos and don'ts regarding remodeling.
Do hire a contractor
Thumb through the yellow pages and make some calls. Weigh your options, and see if the contractor has any professional references they can give you. Do not be afraid to ask about the quality of work. If they have a website, go to it. See if there are any testimonials from satisfied clients. If a contractor tries to withhold this information, don't bother with them. They probably aren't telling you their positive feedback for a reason: they don't have any.
Don't do the job yourself
One of the biggest misfires people make when it comes to remodeling is planning on doing it themselves. Contractors have the skills and training to complete any remodeling job quickly and efficiently. Remodeling professionals are also more cost efficient in that they can provide the tools, labor, and required materials at a more reasonable charge. While you may think that picking up a few how-to books and making a trip to Home Depot will help you in your efforts to remodel your home, think realistically. Unless you have been professionally trained to do the work, leave the hard labor to the experts.
Do be conscious of your environment
Thinking of investing in a pool when you live in Alaska? While the novelty is there, don't overshoot your limitations. Be realistic about what you want to remodel. Think of what will give your house realistic market value improvement, or just remodel what you genuinely believe needs a little fixing up.
Don't be too creative
If you're remodeling your home with the intention to sell it, don't go overboard with improvements that only appease you as the owner. Thinking of remodeling your bathroom to look like an Amazon jungle, complete with waterfall? Think about what a potential home buyer would say who isn't a fan of warmer climates. One of the biggest mistakes people make when remodeling for home sale is not taking a buyer's feelings into consideration. You want to use a universal outline for home remodeling. While you shouldn't feel you have to keep things overwhelmingly conservative, don't let your improvements deter potential home buyers.
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