3 Mistakes To Avoid With Your Bathroom Remodeling Project

Taking on a bathroom remodeling project can be overwhelming — but with the right planning and decisions, this type of project can be more than worth the effort when all is said and done. As you prepare to embark on a bathroom remodel (whether it be for a master bathroom, guest bathroom, or even a powder room), there are some important yet common mistakes you'll want to avoid.

Failing to Pad Your Budget

Bathroom remodels almost always uncover "hidden" problems that can be costly to remedy. If you are remodeling your shower and you rip out old shower tiles, for example, you might find moisture or mold/mildew issues lurking underneath. With this in mind, it's always a good idea to have some "wiggle room" in your budget to account for these kinds of issues. In general, it's best to set aside an additional 5%-10% beyond what you think the project should cost as a contingency fund.

Overlooking a Shower Upgrade

As you plan your bathroom remodel, don't overlook refreshing your shower. Otherwise, even a beautifully updated bathroom can still look pretty drab with a builder-grade, outdated shower standing out like a sore thumb. Not to mention, your shower is probably one of the most utilized fixtures in your bathroom — so why not make it a true oasis? Modern updates like new tiling, a "rainfall" showerhead, and frameless glass shower doors can go a long way in your shower remodeling project.

Not Thinking About Resale

Even if you don't plan on selling your home anytime soon, it's a good idea to think about potential resale value when you plan a bathroom remodeling project. After all, a carefully planned bathroom remodel can actually yield you up to a 70% return on investment (ROI) when you resell! As you plan your remodel, then, try to make decisions that will appeal to a wide range of buyers. 

As much as you might love that bold tile choice or that bright green accent wall, for example, it may be more practical to make remodeling choices that are neutral and will hold up to the test of time. This means staying away from any major design decisions that are too trendy, too.

There's a lot to think about when planning a bathroom remodeling project. From deciding on a budget to selecting materials and choosing a contractor you trust, none of these decisions should be taken lightly. And by avoiding these all-too-common mistakes, you'll be well on your way to a successful project!