If you’re looking to add more to your home’s current resale value (as well as give it a refreshing new aesthetic), you’d do well with small to full-scale bathroom renovations. Last year, a mid-range bathroom remodel cost over $16000 on average, and you can easily recoup 72.5 percent of what you paid for come resale time.

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However, a bathroom, though smaller in space, is no minor remodelling project.  Consider these important Do’s and Don’ts before embarking on your renovation.

DON’T forget about storage. After taking a shower, it’s simply a drag to go all the way to the hallway closet just to grab a towel. You can solve this by putting a small closet, armoire, or chest inside the bathroom itself where you can stash your essentials within easy reach. It’s important to plan on maximising the storage space for your toiletries before you start smashing the walls.  Locate the space for shelves to put things away—soap, shampoo, and other related stuff; build or install a small-yet-functional shower niche not unlike the pre-fabricated bathroom niche and shower caddies sold by Ripple Systems.

DON’T be cheap – A bathroom remodel doesn’t simply involve switching sinks, vanities, bathtubs, and showers; it also involves plumbing for the most part. And better believe it when you’re told that you wouldn’t want to go cheap on the plumbing, else you’ll be swimming in puddles frequently. Lifetime warranties covering leaks and other plumbing issues are available on all but the cheapest fixtures, so better be safe than sorry.

DO take your time – Don’t expect a full-blown renovation to be done as quickly as you want it. Depending on the size and scope of your project, spend a significant amount of time on the planning phase—find inspiration and call the right people. As the old adage goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

DO keep key systems as they are – Unless you’re a trained technician yourself, keep your hands off critical systems like ventilation and plumbing, and work around them instead. If you try to make changes on such systems, it can easily cost you a fortune in repairs which could have been avoided had you known better.

DO prepare for the unexpected – It is wise to have a contingency plan to prepare yourself for unforeseen repairs. For instance, your bathroom could have hidden water damage due to an old leaky shower or running toilet, so be prepared to make a 10 to 15 percent cushion in your budget for such unexpected add-ons.

(Source: Bathroom Remodeling Do’s And Don’ts, Huffington Post, November 12, 2014)

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