By Kirsten Hawkins
So you've decided that it's time to update your bathroom.
Whether you're planning to sell your home or you've simply
decided your family needs a more updated space, there are a
important decisions you should make before you start.
First of all, consider what needs to go (no pun intended). Are
you remodeling because all of the fixtures- tub, shower,
and sink- are outdated? Or is there a specific area of the
bathroom that doesn't work for you? Maybe the floor is
or peeling, or the mirrors are in inconvenient places, or
like to knock out a closet or install some shelving. Before
start, pin down the exact things about your bathroom that need
work. Don't immediately assume you need to overhaul the entire
room. You may be able to save yourself big bucks by starting
with the problem areas. If your bathroom seems too small, you
might not need to tear out a wall. Maybe you just need a
pedestal sink instead of a cabinet one.
If you're more than ready to just tear the whole thing up and
start from scratch, you'll have to make some decisions about
what's going to replace the current fixtures. Take some
measurements of your tub, sink and toilet, the replacements
you're considering, and the size of the room. Keep in mind
just because you want a claw foot bathtub doesn't mean you
should have one- your bathroom may be too small for anything
but a tub that fits closely into the wall. Draw some diagrams,
and move things around until they seem to fit. But keep in
that the layout of a bathroom is fairly limited. The water
only come out of the walls in certain places, so unless you're
planning on tearing up the walls and the plumbing, your toilet
and shower will probably stay where they are, even if you
replace them with new ones.
Making decisions about what new items to buy should be the
part. Look into purchasing a low-flow toilet. If you haven't
a new toilet in awhile, you will be amazed at the savings on
your water bill once a new, water-saving model is installed.
This is also a huge plus to potential buyers, who will love
idea of saving on utilities each month.
Safety in the bathroom is also a consideration. Consider
handles around the tub and a non-slip floor covering
specifically designed for bathrooms. Many older bathrooms are
lacking in safety features, and that's a down side when it
comes time to estimate a home's value.
Remodeling your bathroom is going to be a job that requires
some forethought. Whether you're doing it to sell the home or
for your family, it's best to take space, safety, and
convenience into consideration. You spend an awful lot of time
going in and out of your bathroom. It might as well be
About The Author: Kirsten Hawkins is a real estate expert from
Nashville, TN. Visit www.king-of-real-estate.com/ for
more information on real estate, mortgages, and finding the
house of your dream.