Luckily, with a little bit of planning and some foresight, you should be able to avoid some of the expensive problems that many homeowners run into during their bathroom renovations. Consider the following four tips when planning your bathroom remodel and save yourself a little money.
Start with a Comprehensive Plan
Well before you start ripping out tiles and pulling nails, you need to sit down and come up with a comprehensive plan. That plan should include information such as your total budget, your budget for emergency expenses, preferred materials, and what type of décor you would like.
Start by researching how much a bathroom redo will cost, how much your investment will get you in the case of a sale, and typical upgrades that need to be made.
Once you have laid out the must-have features, you can then write down a wish list of potential upgrades that you would like to get if you can find them at the right price.
It’s always best to be on the safe side and plan to spend more money on unexpected expenses than you might actually in reality.
Leave All of the Electrical Wiring
National and local electrical codes are incredibly complex, and you should never touch any wires or outlets in your home unless you have spent some time researching those regulations.
If you have an older home and your wiring doesn’t meet the current electrical code standards, then you need to contact your local permit office to see if your home can be grandfathered in.
Don’t Alter the Pipes
Replacing old fixtures is a great way to revitalize a bathroom, but you probably want to leave all of the pipes alone if you are on a tight budget. Moving water pipes is a time-consuming and expensive process, and a single mistake could result in a tremendous amount of damage.
As a general rule, a homeowner should never alter or move any pipes without a licensed and insured plumber by their side.
Skip the Tile
Tiling every inch of your bathroom can be extremely costly, and that is why many people only tile key areas such as the walls around a shower. Reclaimed panels, board and batten siding, and other wooden materials are much more affordable, and they can add quite a bit of charm to a bathroom. Once you install those materials, you must make sure that they are properly sealed with high-quality linseed or tung oil.
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Keep in mind that if you plan on making any alterations to the structure of your home or the plumbing system, then you will need to file for a building permit well before you start this project. Altering your home without the proper permits could result in devastating fines and fees.
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