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Looking to upgrade your bathroom? Here’s what to know

By Andrew Bell

One of the most popular home renovation projects homeowners undertake — whether to increase the value of the property before a sale, or just for their own use and comfort — is to remodel the bathroom. This is, after all, a room where people do spend a fair amount of their time each day, and that has an outsized importance when you consider the amount of space it takes up in the home.

With that in mind, if you’re thinking about taking on this kind of work, there are a number of things you’ll need to keep in mind as you put together your plans:

Map everything you will do in advance

You may have a lot of big ideas for how you will remodel your bathroom, but before you begin any work, you need to know literally everything you want to accomplish, Real Homes notes. It might be tempting to try to change horses in mid-stream or make changes if the inspiration strikes you, but doing so can be costly in terms of both time and money. Instead, set a plan, and stick through it until the renovation is done.

Know what you can keep

While you may want to completely gut the bathroom (an expensive proposition!) there is probably some stuff in there you can keep as-is or simply modify. The good news is that if you can identify what these things are such as sinks, floor tiles, the framework of cabinets, shelves and so on, that will probably help you save a bit of cash and also get a clearer picture of your whole project.

Crunch the numbers

Again, remodelling a bathroom can be quite expensive, and this is something you will need to take into consideration before you do anything to get the project underway. Remodelista advises that you will typically see costs run into the thousands of dollars and, sometimes, quite a bit more than that if you are doing almost anything major in this space. That’s because there is all kinds of electrical and plumbing running through the room, and materials for many bathroom surfaces can be expensive.

You can never have enough outlets

You may not think much about it, but having a number of electrical outlets in the bathroom is more important than you probably realise. You certainly don’t want to get done with a renovation and find that the cord for your hair straightener or blow-dryer doesn’t reach comfortably to the mirror. Moreover, you certainly have to keep in mind how convenient it is to be able to plug in several things simultaneously. As such, it’s wise to err on the side of having more outlets than you objectively need.

Design for both style and everyday use

While you certainly want to create a bathroom space that’s visually striking — especially if looking to sell in the near future — you also need to keep in mind that with the possible exception of the kitchen, this needs to be the most functional room in your home, according to My Move. As such, you’re going to need plenty of bright lighting, more shelving and other storage space than you might think and other creature comforts built into the space.

If you are indeed thinking of selling your home soon after completing your bathroom renovation, it’s important to have an experienced professional on your side. At Ray White Surfers Paradise, we have closed countless sales to our clients’ deep satisfaction, and we can do the same for you. Get in touch with us today to start the home sale process off right.

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