If you’re not careful with your South Florida bathroom remodeling, you can run into issues that will get your project off schedule and go over budget. Bathrooms are one of the most important rooms in a home so it’s crucial to avoid as many remodeling mistakes as possible. Platinum Sand Construction has completed many bathroom remodels in South Florida and want to share our insights to help you have a successful experience and finished result.
See the most common bathroom remodeling mistakes that homeowners run into so you can smoothly avoid them.
Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid
Whether you’re remodeling a small bathroom or a luxury en-suite bathroom, problems are bound to happen when you don’t do your homework. Here are seven bathroom remodeling mistakes to steer clear of so your project will be less stressful and more likely to stay on budget.
1. Not making a plan and budget.
If you’re remodeling the only bathroom in your house, you should create a timeline and make any necessary arrangements for where to shower and use the toilet during the remodeling process. In addition to a timeline, your remodeling plan should also have a budget to keep costs from skyrocketing.
Keep in mind that bathroom remodels can cost upwards of four to six figures. The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) recommends spending 5 to 10 percent of your home’s value on a bathroom remodel. This, however, is only a guideline, your budget could end up being more or less.
2. Hiring a questionable contractor.
Bathroom remodeling often includes technical work like electrical, tiling, plumbing, etc., which is why most homeowners hire a contractor. You may be tempted to go with a questionable contractor just because they’re cheap, but this can lead to issues like poor quality work, a delayed timeline, hidden fees, or worse, a scam.
3. Starting the project without an inspection.
It’s crucial to discover any hidden problems like water damage or corroded plumbing before the bathroom remodel is started. Getting unexpected surprises while you’re in the middle of your project can bust your budget and timeline. A reputable, experienced contractor will perform a detailed inspection to identify and fix any bathroom issues before work gets underway.
4. Having improper spacing.
While the aesthetic of your bathroom is important, another essential consideration is spacing. Take accurate measurements of the bathroom’s size, the location of existing plumbing pipes and electrical wiring, and the dimensions of fixtures so you don’t end up buying stuff that doesn’t fit the space.
5. Keeping the same lighting.
A remodel is a perfect time to add or update your bathroom lighting. For example, you can install lighting in your shower, around the vanity, and anywhere else to fully illuminate the space. Another idea is to install a dimmer switch to control the lighting and mood. Proper lighting can make a bathroom more functional for grooming, enhance the bathroom’s design, and make a small bathroom look bigger.
6. Splurging unnecessarily or going too cheap.
Balance splurging and saving money in the right areas to get the most out of your budget. While you don’t need to buy the most expensive option to get quality, make sure not to go cheap on items that you use and touch on a daily basis like faucets, appliances, cabinets, etc.
7. Forgetting about ventilation.
An often-overlooked feature in bathroom remodels is having an appropriately sized exhaust fan. Without proper ventilation, humidity gets trapped in the enclosed space, breeding mold and mildew and deteriorating paint, grout, and metal. Whether you already have a fan or need to install one, make sure to vacuum the vent clean of construction dust and debris.
Transform Your South Florida Bathroom
Upgrading your bathroom can add value to both your home and quality of life. Although bathroom remodeling involves a lot of decisions, partnering with a reputable contractor with positive reviews and a gallery of work will give you peace of mind that your project is in good hands and you’re getting expert guidance.
Platinum Sand Construction has over 25 years of combined experience with bathroom remodeling services in South Florida like design, demolition, and installation. Our service areas include Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Palm Beach, and more.
Call 561-299-4000 or schedule a free bathroom remodeling quote today to start your project!