So you’ve been thumbing through decorating books or checking out beautifully pinned boards on Pinterest. Time and time again the bathrooms catch your eye. You can just imagine relaxing in the steam-enclosed shower as powerful jets soothe the aches and pains away. You admit your bathroom could use a bit of tender care.
But should you remodel? Here are a few reasons to consider.
If your bathroom constantly gives you headaches due to clogged or frozen pipes in the winter, you may want to seriously consider redoing the pipes. Older homes have smaller pipes, which means that hair or other small items won’t flow through as easily as newer homes with larger pipes.
If your pipes freeze every winter, this is definitely a pain. Forget the bathroom. Just dealing with getting water to the rest of your home is a headache. Frozen pipes will prolong the agony of winter, so if you’re having this problem consider having a few plumbers rework the piping. The good news is the cost shouldn’t be too bad.
2. Mold and Mildew
If scrubbing the mold and mildew from the grout is a chore that takes away too much of your time, consider getting new tiling. If you decide to use caulk as sealant to cover the mold, just remember that the mold may eventually come back. Sometimes it’s just easier to start brand new than have to deal with the constant cleaning.
3. Safety Hazards
If there are broken items in your bathroom that can possibly hurt you or a family member, such as broken tiles or fixtures, you’re a prime candidate for a remodel. Nothing is worth the risk of someone you love getting hurt on easily repaired or replaced things.
Besides, broken parts and pieces detract from the bathroom experience. If you don’t fix them as soon as possible, you run the risk of other things breaking too as a result of not getting them fixed in the first place.
If you fall into this category, bathroom remodeling is definitely for you.
If you live in an older home, with outdated fixtures and hideous walls you can’t stand, you might want to remodel. If you wince every single time you step foot in the bathroom, that’s another sign you need to remodel.
Consider the lighting as well. Outdated lighting prevents you from seeing in the bathroom, so if you apply makeup there chances are your makeup won’t look attractive. If you’re wondering why others give you strange looks, this is a possibility.
5. Add Resell Value
One of the most obvious reasons to remodel a bathroom is to add value when selling your home. This will provide a modern look to an older home. It will also make it easier on the appraiser when he or she goes through the home. Anything new or improved will ensure that your home gets listed at its maximum potential.
You may laugh at this reason, but our environments do influence our moods. A bathroom with dark walls that clash with everything in it will create an unsettled feeling inside of you. Certainly you won’t want to spend much time in there.
If your bathroom is the only room in your home that creates feelings of anger, fear, claustrophobia, stress, or anything else unpleasant, you need to seriously consider changing some aspect of it. Add some ambient lighting. Or perhaps figure out a way to make good use of the space. And if nothing seems to lighten your mood or help you relax, then you need to consider a complete overhaul, starting with new paint and new fixtures.
So there you have it. Just a few reasons to get you thinking about your next bathroom remodel.