Remodeling the bathroom is a task that many homeowners tend to delay. This is because a bathroom remodel is a big undertaking and it requires a large commitment of both time and resources. However, investing in remodeling your bathroom is a decision that can have a tremendous payoff so if you’ve been wondering whether it’s the right time to make some changes; these 4 signs that it’s time to remodel your bathroom can help you make the decision.
1. You’re Expecting A Significant Life Change
While a small bathroom may not be an issue for a young couple; however once you add a kid or two into the mix the small space can seem impossibly cramped. On the other end of the spectrum if you’re nearing retirement and all of your children have grown up and left the home you may want a bathroom remodel that is more suited to your current needs. If you’re someone who is used to living alone and you’ve made the shift to living with roommates reassessing the bathroom may be a key to retaining some much-needed privacy.
While your current bathroom may have been a great fit for you until now, there are several big life changes that may require adjustments to the situation. Whatever your situation and the ways it’s changed are, it’s important to make sure that your bathroom fits your needs. If it doesn’t, take it as a sign that it’s time for a remodel.
2. You’re Considering Selling Your Home
It may seem strange to pour a lot of time and resources into a bathroom remodel for a place you’re about to leave but the state of the bathroom can make or break a sale. If you’re considering selling your home one of the best ways to add value to your home once it’s on the market is to invest in remodeling the bathroom. It will make your home more desirable to potential buyers making it easier to close the deal and once sold, a quality bathroom remodeling can get you a return of 50% of the costs that you invested into the project.
3. You Want A More Efficient Bathroom
Inefficient energy use is a common problem with older bathrooms. The most common issues with old bathrooms are a significant waste of water, poor lighting and lacking air circulation. These problems can add up to a significant drain of both your money and your ability to fully enjoy your bathroom. Additionally older bathrooms with bad circulation often have the added problem of accumulating mold and mildew making it potentially hazardous, especially for young children, the elderly, or those with mold allergies.
4. You Want To Improve Safety
You’re probably already familiar with the saying that the bathroom is the most dangerous room in the home with more than a third of accidents in the home occurring there. This number can rise to 80% when you look at the incidence of slips and falls among the elderly generations. As such, taking into consideration the safety of your bathroom and any potential risks is of paramount importance.
Having a safe and accessible bathroom is important for everyone but especially for those who are planning on staying in the same home until retirement and beyond, have elderly parents living with them or any amount of disability that may make it more difficult (and dangerous) to use an unsafe bathroom. To improve the safety of your bathroom you should consider adding non-slip tile, a shower seat, handrails or a zero-threshold shower.