The number of remodeling projects is projected to increase by 5% in 2019, to about 12.6 million. If you’re planning a remodel for 2019, you’re not alone – especially if that remodel is in the bathroom. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), bathrooms have surpassed kitchens as the most popular room to remodel. But before you get started, be sure to weigh theses three important considerations.
Bathroom Remodel Consideration 1: Quality
Bathrooms take a lot of abuse. After all, we spend an average of more than two years of our lives in the bathroom. Because of their constant daily use, this is one room in your home where you’ll want to insist on high-quality materials. While it’s true that builder-grade materials are cheaper, they don’t last as long as higher-quality materials and could actually cost you more money in the long run. High-traffic areas like the bathroom require materials that can stand up to constant use, not to mention all that water.
The bathroom is one of the most vulnerable rooms in your home when it comes to mold and mildew. Going with cheaper materials means you’ll work harder to maintain your flooring, wall surrounds and fixtures, and you could be forced to replace them before you intended. Consider a grout-free wall surround so that you don’t have to worry about warped or crumbling tiles, or constant scrubbing to keep stubborn mold and mildew at bay. If replacing worn or broken fixtures and products isn’t something you want to deal with, consider investing in higher-quality materials.
Bathroom Remodel Consideration 2: Budget
Bathroom remodeling costs come in a wide range of prices. According to Home Advisor, the typical range for a bathroom remodel is roughly $6k – $15k. Chances are, you’ll spend somewhere in the middle of this range. That total includes the cost of products and materials as well as installation services. When you’re quoted a price on your remodel, the contractor can’t see behind your walls or underneath your flooring. Be sure to budget about 10% more than you think you’ll need in the event that the demolition crew discovers anything that needs to be replaced; a rotting subfloor, termite damage or plumbing issues, for example.
You can control your budget by using your existing bathroom layout – moving the toilet, sink or tub can mean complicated plumbing work that adds a great deal to your bottom line. Being flexible about your design options can help keep your budget intact, too. Maybe what you truly need is a tub and shower update, or a safer, more accessible space. While there are certain products you shouldn’t skimp on, such as high-end fixtures and wall surrounds, choosing a less expensive flooring option or stock rather than custom fixtures can help. Just be sure that every product you choose can hold up to large amounts of use and water.
Bathroom Remodel Consideration 3: Service
Service is typically the most-forgotten aspect of a remodeling project. After all, as long as the installers do a good job, you’ll have good service, right? Not necessarily. A great deal of time and effort goes into the planning of your bathroom remodel. There are many decisions to be made, questions that need answering and schedules that must be followed to keep the project on track.
Remodeling companies that rely on sub-contracted workers have less control over project timing and cost. They also can’t guarantee that everyone working on your bathroom remodel is licensed and fully insured. That’s where Re-Bath is different. Our proprietary process allows us to complete a bathroom remodel in about one week. We don’t cut corners and we never use subcontractors. With one million remodels under our belt, we know a thing or two about how to schedule each stage of the process so no time is wasted. Every member of the Re-Bath crew – from the sales staff to the designers and installers – is a trained employee. It’s how we can guarantee that every project is completed by a fully licensed and insured professional, on time and within budget.
When you work with Re-Bath, you’ll be guided every step along the way by one of our Design Consultants who can help you create a beautiful, eco-friendly, new bathroom. Ready to get started? Click here to schedule your design consultation today.