How Decorating Your Bathroom
Gives A Great Return
With the current recession showing no sign of improving or disappearing anytime
soon property owners are having to find new ways to preserve or even increase
the value of their homes. When the economy was booming most property
owners were looking to trade up or completely overhaul their home - all based
on very cheap and freely available home improvement loans and mortgages. But
now if you're looking to improve your home it means being more creative and
instead of replacing what you already have you need to start looking at
maximizing your current property instead.
When you look at the different
rooms in your home the one
that will almost always require
the most potential renovation
work is your bathroom. It gets
more human traffic every day
than any other room in your
home with the exception of
your kitchen, so your bathroom
is going to experience more wear and tear than any other room in your home.
This means that it's also going to "help" devalue your home because it's one of
the first rooms in any home a potential buyer will want to check out.
So if your bathroom is looking a bit dilapidated then it's time to put together a
bathroom design plan for getting it looking its best all over again. We can't
emphasize how important planning is by the way folks - you shouldn't even
consider setting foot inside a hardware store without knowing your exact budget
and exactly what you plan spending your money on.
And budget is where all your planning should start really. You see most people
are totally unrealistic when it comes to setting a budget and then sticking to it
and wind up spending way more money than they can afford. This can lead to a
few possible outcomes including the bathroom not being finished at all (a major
eyesore in any home) or you have to cut corners throughout the rest of the
project, so you wind up with a bathroom that looks either rushed or not finished
properly; both of these are outcomes you can avoid by simply sticking to your
budget. It's also worth reminding your contractor, if you're using one, that they
need to stick to your budget too because although that marble sink might look
absolutely amazing it could also eat up at least 50% of your budget in return.
When it comes to decorating any bathroom look at what you can keep and what
has to be replaced. What you'll find most often is that your bathroom flooring
has probably deteriorated a lot over the last few years so that will need to be
replaced, as will any broken or cracked tiles on the walls. Any paintwork in the
room will need to be touched up and if you have blinds or drapes then chances
are they'll also need to be replaced at worst or just very thoroughly cleaned at
Replacing your bathroom suite isn't
usually expensive but the simple
act of replacing it means having to
disrupt your flooring and your
paintwork too so do your best to
avoid replacing any major items of
bathroom furniture if you can. If
you can't avoid replacing them
then make sure replacing them is at the top of your list and is done very, very
early on in the renovation process. The last thing you want to be doing is trying
to fit a new toilet on your brand new tiled, glass or wooden floor - having to cut
it to pieces to get the base of the toilet to fit. The same applies with paintwork -
there's nothing worse than having to ruin brand new paintwork because you
didn't plan the replacement of your bathroom furniture properly.
It's also pretty important to make sure that all of the items included in your
bathroom decorating plan all tie together. What we mean by that is that try to
choose a style for your bathroom and then just stick to that in terms of color
scheme, fixtures and accessories. So for example you don't want to wind up
mixing up a contemporary shower with a traditional color scheme. If you and
your partner find that your tastes conflict at some level then make absolutely
sure that you resolve your artistic differences before work starts - otherwise your
bathroom is going to look and feel disjointed and neither of you are going to be
happy with the final result.
It's amazing how often people we see people spend $10,000 on a bathroom
revamp and make it look like they actually spent $100 instead - all stemming
from a simple lack of planning.
If we can share no other words of wisdom with you here than saying "plan your
bathroom remodel as carefully as possible" then we're happy if you just take this
away from the rest of the information here. Remember if you fail to plan then
you plan on failing.