Any bathroom remodeling plan should solve existing issues, such as improving functionality, accessibility, attractiveness, and ultimately, your property’s value. But remodeling can cost you more if you ignore safety codes, cut corners, or change the layout.
- Plans should meet current building and safety codes. The next buyer for your home could ask you to bring the bathroom up to code.
- Don’t cut corners to fit an unrealistic budget. The Family Handyman advises that it’s too easy for DIYers to buy the wrong-sized drainage piping or install them at the wrong slope for proper drainage, causing frequent clogs and leaks. Don’t skip installing ventilation fans, as they help prevent mold, mildew, and household odors. If you’re not a licensed plumber or electrician, it’s safer to hire a professional.
- Architectural Digest says the most expensive bathroom remodels change the layout. Think of the labor required to remove and dispose of fixtures, demolish or move walls, change the electrical wiring, and tear up floors to relocate plumbing pipes. If the bathroom changes you want to make truly add value to the home, go ahead. Otherwise, updating surfaces and fixtures should improve your home and give you plenty of enjoyment.