Despite being the smallest room in a home, we actually spend a fair amount of our time in the bathroom. In addition, it is a room that we often share with guests to our homes. As such, the bathroom is a place that should be clean and comfortable, which is why (next to the kitchen) the bathroom is the most renovated room in the house. But what are some signs that you need a bathroom renovation?
If your first reaction when you enter the bathroom is “yuck,” you probably need a bathroom renovation. The bathroom is easily the room in your home most susceptible to mold, mildew, and other signs of water damage. As our bathrooms age, fixtures become more drab looking and mildew stains between tiles become more prevalent. You may see a hundred things you want to change in your bathroom, or they may be only one issue. Either way, your bathroom should make you feel relaxed, not stressed or disgusted.
The condition of your bathroom is probably one of the main factors that will motivate you to renovate. Loose floor tiles, mold, cracking grout and other problems may not only be unattractive, but they may also suggest basic safety issues. Not long ago I was visiting a friend and a leaky tub had caused such severe water damage that the floor was completely unstable. If you are aware of any major structural problems with the condition of your bathroom, it's time to renovate.
Selling your Home
When you decide to sell your home, you want to be sure that every room looks its best. Bathroom renovations can be expensive, but you can also make some simple upgrades that drastically impact the market price of your home. Still, even if your renovations do little to increase the value of your home, they will surely make your home more sellable. An outdated or poorly designed bathroom may be just enough to put off potential buyers – especially if they are on the market for a ready-to-move-in home.
Do you have a garden tub and light fixtures that seem to be sourced directly from the 1970s? An outdated bathroom design is not the end of the world, but a refreshing new look can breathe life into your home. Even a quick paint job can make the difference between passé and contemporary design. However, new fixtures and flooring will obviously make the most drastic impact on your family and guests.
Finally, if your bathroom can not address your family's needs, you should consider a renovation. For example, in some older homes bathrooms may not have a shower; and while baths are certainly relaxing, showers tend to take less time and are more suitable for larger families. On the other hand, if you have small children you may want a larger bathtub to facilitate bath time. Either way, if you find your bathroom can not accommodate the needs of your family, you might want to consider a bathroom renovation.