A bathroom should be a place where you can enjoy your own company in peace and luxury. However, even the smallest problems could have an opposite effect. If you're planning a bathroom renovation, beware of the following common mistakes.
Do Not Overspend If You're Selling
If you are renovating your bathroom to increase the value of your property, don't go overboard on your budget. Bathrooms are expensive to renovate due to the vast amount of different fittings and fixtures that are required. As a general rule of thumb, don't spend more than 1.5 percent of your property's total value. In addition, keep it in context. Buyers prefer a bathroom that's in sync with the rest of the home, not a bathroom that will overshadow it.
Plan for Good Lighting
The activities that take place in the bathroom are often tedious and require a great deal of attention: shaving, makeup, hair styling. As well as a general ambient light, consider installing a large mirror with some task lighting above it will direct the light back into the face.
Change the Bathroom Fan
The bathroom fan is commonly overlooked. If you're renovating your bathroom, you might as well install a new one. Good ventilation is a key aspect of bathroom longevity. Without adequate ventilation, mildew will form and the paint and grout will deteriorate.
Expect To Find Asbestos
If your house was built prior to the mid-1980s, there's a very high chance the bathroom walls, floors and ceilings will contain asbestos. Consult a specialist before the renovation begins. If asbestos is present, you must hire a licensed asbestos assessor to carry out the removal.
Beware of Small Mistakes
It's easy to loose steam when you're nearing the end of your renovation. While a crack in a tile or some loose sealant may not seem like a big deal, it could come back to haunt you in the future. Remember, bathrooms are the wettest rooms in the house. Even if the problem isn't in the direct line-of-fire of the water stream, over time all that condensation will take its toll, causing mould and possible structural damage. Tackle minor issues immediately.
Home renovations can not only transform your living space into a more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable environment, but could also add significant value to your property. Whether you want to make simple cosmetic home renovations or adapt the entire structure of your home, the bathroom is always a good place to start.