In all likelihood, remodeling your bathroom will be an expensive undertaking, so you want to cut costs in every possible way. The most obvious way to do that is to avoid waste and unnecessary costs resulting from mistakes you can avoid.
Here are 3 of the most costly but, unfortunately, common mistakes that homeowners make when remodeling their bathrooms:
1. Budgeting Problems
Failing to set a budget or setting an unrealistic one is surprisingly a common mistake made by homeowners, despite the fact that in most cases, the amount of money available for a bathroom renovation is limited.
Sarah Littleton offers valuable advice on this:
Being Unrealistic About a Budget
Be honest about the budget. If you have only a limited amount of money to work with, stick to what you can afford. If you overspend, you’ll have to cut corners somewhere and won’t be pleased with the results. Extra costs do arise, however, so err on the safe side by budgeting an extra 15 to 20 percent for surprise expenditures. More advice here…
2. Poor Choice of Materials
The materials you buy for your bathroom could cost a fortune, but that doesn’t mean you’ve made the right choices. Taking your time to consider the pros and cons of the materials you choose, such as cleaning requirements and durability.
You also need to plan your purchases carefully if you are going to buy the right materials, as highlighted by Scott McGillivray in the following post:
Buying before planning
I can’t stress this enough: Don’t buy materials or appliances until your renovation is planned out and all measurements have been taken. Online sales can be tempting, but that great deal on a 24-inch dishwasher isn’t going to save you any money if you only have room for an 18-inch model. Read full post here…
3. Cutting corners
You may be running out of cash, but cutting corners is not the solution to your problem. It is only going to cause you problems in the future – costly ones. Planning appropriately for emergencies will go a long way in helping you avoid this problem.
As Catriona Harvey-Jenner of Good Housekeeping points out, you would rather wait a little longer to have the money needed to guarantee quality:
‘As in all walks of life, you generally get what you pay for. Cutting costs will inevitably have an impact in the longer term. If you spend more on a product, it’s usually more innovative, design-led and better quality. Spending money on installation should also be a high priority. The thing most likely to ruin a bathroom design is the way it’s fitted. If you don’t spend enough on a good-quality installation then your design may not become a reality.’ Read full article here…
Taking the time to plan your bathroom renovation is a critical factor in guaranteeing the success of your project and avoiding the costly mistakes mentioned above. Remember that you do not have to compromise on quality to get a bathroom you’ll be proud of for years to come.
If you would like expert advice on bathroom remodeling, contact Gainesville Home Pros today.
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