If you are a first time homeowner, you are probably overwhelmed when it comes to know what to do, or where to even start when it comes to your bathrooms. Whether it is new, unexpected problems or you are getting ready to upgrade.
Bathrooms are a important part of the home and are often what stumps first time homeowners. They have much more than walls, windows and doors. Such as plumbing and electrical, that do require some expertise to upgrade. If you are a first time homeowner, here is what you need to know about your bathrooms.
Warning ! It Is very important to always get advise and talk with a licence plumber. Do not attempt to remodel and replace pieces of your bathrooms your self if you have little to no experience. You could damage your home and possibly injure yourself. If you would like to get a quote on anything, and live in the Middle Tennessee are please feel free to call us at 615-864-9459 and we can give you a affordable price on upgrading your bathroom.
Remodeling Your Bathroom
As you may know or recently learn that having a home is a big expense, especially if you recently purchased your house. While some bathrooms need just a little bit of work, older homes might need a complete remodel. The best advice for a first time homeowner is to remodel your bathrooms as soon as you can afford it.
A big mistake new homeowners make is buying their home, waiting until they are ready to sell, and then deciding to remodel their bathrooms. When a homeowner remodels right before they sell, it is harder to recoup that investment, and they don’t even to get to enjoy it after the remodel. The best advise for new homeowners is to do any remodeling projects they are planning to do as early on in the process as they can.
If you are planning for a bathroom remodel, big or small, you will want to have a budget, so you can start saving. The average cost for home bathroom remodeling is $9,820, with most homeowners spending between $6,700 and $10,000. There are many factors that can change your total cost. Such as the size of the room and what type of upgrades you are planning on doing. Keep that in mind as you budget for this big project.
Choose Energy Efficient Replacements
A must-have when it comes to bathroom remodeling is energy and water efficient equipment. A lot of older homes have equipment that waste more water and energy than homeowners need. This can include:
If you do not have enough money saved for a complete remodel, then replacing these older items can make a difference in your bathroom and in your utility bills. Start with these items as a budget friendly way to upgrade your bathroom. Keep in mind, you will want a pro who can help with plumbing and electrical issues.
Also remember that when remodeling an older house, there are several plumbing and electrical items that might need to be brought up to code in order to replace these fixtures. Always call a pro to go over any of these issues. Do not take any short cuts that could lead to damaging your home or even costing you more money when a home inspector notices these things when your are trying to sell your home later on.
Bathtub Refinishing Vs Replacement
If you just purchased an older home, you may have noticed that the bathtub looks a bit out dated. Before considering a complete replacement, consider refinishing your bathtub, which is generally more cost effective. Here is a great way to decide what is right for you.
- Replace: The tub has significant damage or is in a style or color that is no longer popular.
- Refinish: The tub is worn but is in good condition and in a popular color, such as white.
The average cost to refinish a bathtub is $450, while the average cost to replace a bathtub is around $3,000. Depending on what your bathroom needs, refinishing your bathtub could be the better choice.
You may also be able to re-caulk the bathtub or shower to freshen up the looks of it. This is an easy DIY project that should take you at most a couple of hours to a weekend to complete. You can look up multiple videos on line on how to do this and speak with the local hardware store clerk to make sure that you are getting the correct materials.
Fight Mold & Mildew
A bathroom will contain the most moisture out of any other room in the home. So it is in your best interest to start fighting it the moment you move in. Make sure to give the bathroom a good cleaning to start fresh. This should include wiping down the walls and tile, getting into all the small cracks where needed. Use mildew remover and lime remover where necessary. If your bathroom does not have a vent fan, it will be one of the first investments you want to make. Depending on the type of fan you choose, the average cost of a bathroom vent fan is between $15 and $650. Always run the fan when showering and for a few minutes after, until all the moisture and humidity are out of the room. Also when remodeling always use a high gloss finish paint when re-painting the room. If you do not have a high gloss finish on the paint already but love the color then re-paint it anyway with the same color. You will have no idea when it was re-painted and with out the high gloss finish the moisture will destroy the paint and drywall over ti
Getting your first home is an exciting time because you are finally able to decorate to your liking. While you should keep functionality and resale value in mind, always remember to make upgrades and decorating changes that you like.
So many first time homeowners are so focused on remodeling their house to be able to sell in five to ten years. You want to make your house appealing to the next buyers but do not make the mistake of not making your house appealing to you. You are the one living in it and your home should be about you.
You have a world of bathroom inspiration at your fingertips to find ideas that you will love. Check online. Pintrest and other sites can give you amazing ideas. When you are ready just call us at 615-864-9459 and we can go over every detail with you. We will give you a affordable quote and you will not be disappointed in the results.
Having a home for the first time is exciting, but you can get lost in the process as you begin to make changes. Do plenty of research and be sure to budget to make the right changes for you home.