There's never a bad time to make home improvements. Whether you're planning to stay in your home, or sell it within the year, bath remodel projects add to the value of your property and just might help you sell quicker.
According to many top decorators and home improvement sites, bath remodel projects are one of the top five types of renovations most people complete. If you're considering updating your bathroom, here are a few things to consider: cosmetic vs. function, return on investment, and whether to go classic or trendy.
Cosmetic vs. function
Think carefully about why you want a bath remodel. While it's tempting to go all out and spend thousands of dollars on a complete makeover, take a moment and consider whenever it's necessary. If your room is functional, you might only need less cost effective improvements to make a big difference in the looks and feel of the space. To determine this, answer questions such as: Is the space large enough? Are the fixtures in good operating order or outdated? Does the room function well?
If the answers to these questions reveal that your existing room is sound, sometimes you only need to perform cosmetic upgrades. This will mean the difference between spending less than $ 2,000 and more than $ 10,000. Do not think you will not see a dramatic improvement just because you're not gutting the room and starting over.
Consider replacing standard faucets with high-end stainless, bronze or copper faucets for a decorator look. Update builder-grade sinks with colored drop-in styles, or try the newest vessel sinks. Have you thought about copper or recycled glass? There are literally hundreds of different styles of sinks, so spend a day or two researching the internet to see what's available. Narrow your choices and hit the decor stores to check them out in person. You could build your own room around a beautiful sink.
If the budget is tight, try doing some of the project yourself. Most home stores offer weekend workshops on how-to-tile-your-floors, so why not give it a try? With an endless variety of natural materials from stone to marble to bamboo, here's where you can add a personal touch to the room.
Okay, so you've taken care of the floors and sink, how about replacing old light fixtures with newer ones? Even the most amateur renovator can handle this simple project. Next, change out your cabinet hardware. Add new curtains, towels, and bath rugs to match your new paint color and you've just changed the look of your room for less than $ 2,000.
Return on Investment
Standard wisdom says you'll get approximately 80% of the money you spend on remodeling your bathroom. Do not overbuild for the neighborhood but do not be afraid to add a bit of luxury either. Just keep overall costs in mind.
Classic or Trendy
This is tricky. If you go too classic, you might end up bored. Too trendy and you'll need to redecorate when the trends change. Aim for a middle ground and keep asking yourself, will I like this in 10 years? The only time to ignore this is when you're selling immediately, then you might consider going with whatever's on most trend. No matter what colors or styles you choose, you'll almost always come out ahead when you improve this particular room.