6 Signs Your Bathroom Needs To Be Updated
It’s too easy to fall behind on household updates like your bathroom, but it’s never too late to catch up. Whether you’re looking to increase home value before selling or doing it for you and your family, a bathroom update can make all the difference.
You should expect to spend a decent amount of your home improvement budget on a complete bathroom remodel. After all, your home is your biggest (and arguably most important) investment, requiring a lot of love and care. According to Home Advisor, the average bathroom remodel costs about $10,946. However, homeowners typically spend anywhere from $6,597 to $16,368 on bathroom updates.
Here are the signs to look out for that suggest it’s time for your bathroom to be updated, including tips on how to remodel a bathroom with today’s latest trends.
6 Signs That You’re Ready For a Bathroom Update
You may be in the consideration stage regarding your bathroom upgrades right now. However, you should get more serious about taking action if any of these six signs relate to you.
1. Colors and design are out of date
Do you walk into your bathroom and get thrown back into the 60s and 70s with bright flower patterns? Maybe your bathroom is still rocking the infamous lime green and bright yellow or orange?
If so, it’s time to make some major updates. Elle Decor reports that the top five bathroom paint colors on every designer’s radar are Sweater Weather by Sherwin-Williams, Cinder Rose by Farrow & Ball, Adrift by Sherwin-Williams, Teresa’s Green by Farrow & Ball, and Fresh Kicks by Clare Paint.
Remember, it’s nice to get inspired by others and their incredible talent for interior design, but final results should always fit you and your personality. After all, you’re the one who has to live with it!
2. Mold issues
It is past the time you need to make bathroom updates if you’re noticing mold. Not only must you quickly take care of it with proper cleaning and a fresh coat of paint, but you must also fix the problem!
The biggest mistake you can make is painting over the mold without addressing what is causing it. In fact, That Mold Lady warns that you only have about 24 to 48 hours after water damage before mold becomes a problem for you again. In a room that is constantly vulnerable to water, you need to act fast.
The likely and most common culprit is poor ventilation. You or a professional will need to check out your bathroom’s ventilation before updates to ensure it is the problem and the problems are fixed. This way, you won’t have to start all over again real soon.
3. Fixture issues
The fixtures in your bathroom are what keep your day running smoothly. If you’re experiencing fixture issues — like a drippy faucet, regularly backed up sink or toilet, and rusty hardware — it’s time for an update.
No one should have to endure faulty fixtures and hardware, especially if it disrupts your day and holds you back from all the things you love. Setting aside the time to update all your bathroom problems saves you tons of time in the future.
Since you’ll need to update your fixtures anyway, consider the latest trends for fixture finishes according to Pioneer: brushed gold, matte black, and brushed nickel.
4. Visible damage and flaws
Whether it’s chipping paint, a hole in the wall, or a mirror hanging off its hinges, any visible damages and flaws should be addressed to restore your bathroom’s original beauty. While you’re at it, make all the additional updates you’ve been putting off!
This is important because your bathroom will not only be more appealing to look at, but it will also improve your overall happiness. According to To do-Done, people who have made renovations in the last two years describe themselves as “happier, more at ease, and more organized after the remodeling.”
Consider a bathroom remodeling contractor if you’re unsure where to start with all your flaws and damages. They can help with the design options and get your bathroom ready much quicker than doing it yourself.
5. Your tastes and needs have changed
According to 2020 research, at least 33% of homeowners renovated their bathrooms because they couldn’t stand looking at the old ones anymore. If you find yourself feeling the same way, it’s a sure sign that you’re ready to make some upgrades.
You can fulfill your new tastes and needs by first considering what you want out of your new bathroom. Do you want more storage? Maybe adding some more cabinet space or installing a small bathroom pantry would do the trick.
On the other hand, you may not be into the colors and styles you liked a decade ago. Keeping your specific tastes in mind in the process, consider HGTV’s popular bathroom trends to inspire your own ideas: electric styling, traditional tub, mid century vanity, calm + serene, and pops of gold and grey.
6. You intend to sell your home
If you find yourself contemplating the opportunity to take advantage of the incredible real estate market, then you’ll want to make some bathroom upgrades. A remodeled bathroom can make all the difference in getting you what you deserve from your home investment.
According to Moving, you can expect to get back as much as 67.2% of your costs for midrange renovations you make and about 60.2% for upscale renovations.
Think SMART When Updating Your Bathroom
A lot of time and hard work goes into making updates to a bathroom. In fact, between unexpected problems arising and other responsibilities, you should expect to spend up to nine weeks on updates, with the rare cases where everything goes according to plan ranging between three and four weeks. Depending on the size of your bathroom, you may even be looking at more time. Instead, take advantage of our SMART (Save Time And Money) solution by scheduling a free consultation today.
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