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5 More Things You Should Know About Bathroom Remodels

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Spring and summer can be some of the busiest seasons of the year as you look at your house and determine what changes you want to work on in the warmer months. As the weather turns nicer and the days get longer, it’s only natural to take on home-improvement projects that will increase your home’s value, including remodeling your bathroom.

In a previous post, we looked at five things you should know about remodeling your bathroom before you begin any work. Today, we’ll take a look at some of the details that can make a big difference. If you’re working on a bathroom remodel on your own, then you’re probably going to be making a number of trips to your local home improvement store. Make sure to have the side-mounting lumber hauler from SidekicK VSC with you so that you can transport all of those extra-long items you didn’t know you needed. Shop our store today!

1. Don’t assume that your contractor is on the same page

If you have a contractor working on a specific upgrade in your bathroom, then make sure that every part of your plan is spelled out. It is very easy to assume that someone else understands what you’re saying only to find out that their interpretation was vastly different from what you meant. Learn from the mistakes of others — never make assumptions, and always over-communicate.

2. A bathroom remodel costs more than you think

Depending on what you plan on remodeling in your bathroom, the cost could be much higher than you were thinking. The majority of the cost seems to be associated with new fixtures and plumbing-related issues, so if the bulk of your changes will be cosmetic, then you might not need to spend a lot of money.

Once you have an idea of what you’d like your bathroom to look like, be sure to talk through all of the ideas with your contractor and get an estimate that is as close to the final cost as possible. Make sure that all applicable taxes and labor costs are included.

3. Flattering lighting doesn’t just happen

Finding the right lighting in your bathroom can be tricky due to the configuration of your bathroom and the location and size of your mirrors and windows. The easiest way to light any bathroom is a single diffuse light in the middle of the ceiling.

If you are fortunate enough to have a bathroom that is already fairly bright, then you may need only a few sconces to provide the light you need to get ready in the morning.

4. Easily accessible outlets shouldn’t be forgotten

Outlets are easy to overlook when planning a bathroom remodel. Since they are purely functional, it’s easy to get caught up in the design that you want your bathroom to have and forget that you will need to have a number of easily accessible outlets for your daily use. One tip for choosing where outlets should be placed is to think through some of your daily routines. For example, you don’t want to plug in your hair dryer only to realize you can’t see yourself in the mirror from this angle. If you share a bathroom, then you want to make sure that there are outlets on both sides of the vanity.

5. Choose design features that will last

There are any number of gorgeous fashions that are the latest trends in bathroom designs, but you need to consider how long a particular trend might last. For example, sleek and clean designs tend to do well when compared with funky, over-the-top features. Try to choose design features that will help with your home’s value when you are ready to sell.

We hope that the bathroom remodeling tips we’ve provided have given you the information you need to make good decisions about your own home improvement project. We are sure that your project will involve numerous trips to your local home improvement store, so be sure to have the side-mounting lumber hauler from SidekicK VSC handy when you need to transport items that are extra-long or oddly shaped. Shop our store today and be ready for your bathroom remodel!