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How Often Should A Bathroom Be Remodeled?

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You may be looking at your bathroom and wondering when you need to renovate it. Maybe you just bought a house or have been living in it for a while. This is a common question to have as a homeowner. You don’t want to renovate it too soon or pay too much for replacements because you put it off for too long.

So, how often should a bathroom be renovated? A bathroom should be remodeled every four to five years. Four to five years is when colors go out of date, fixtures begin to have problems, and when you begin getting sick of the look of your bathroom. If you will be selling your home or your fixtures need to be replaced, then you can renovate sooner. You can incorporate a remodel while upgrading your fixtures at the same time.

There are multiple situations where a renovation for a bathroom makes sense. It can be just because you want a change or your bathroom desperately needs an upgrade. Sometimes it can be to upgrade your bathroom with the current trends or make it more presentable to sell. An updated bathroom will increase the resale value and catch the attention of potential buyers.

How Do I Know If My Bathroom Needs To Be Renovated? 

If It’s Been More Than 5 Years, Then It’s Time For A Change

Many people choose to renovate their bathrooms about four to five years down the road. This lines up with the fixtures starting to need replacing as well as changing fashion trends. If your bathroom falls into this category, then it would be worth it to upgrade. Upgrades can be small as well, such as new tile or fixture replacements.

If Your fixtures Stop Working, Renovate!

If your shower, toilet, bathtub, or sink need to be replaced, then it’s the perfect time for a renovation. Not only will you get to replace the appliance, but you will also get a great looking bathroom afterward. Plus, only having one appliance upgraded while the others are left untouched will make for a disjointed bathroom.

If You’re Sick Of Looking At Your Bathroom, Change It!

There’s nothing wrong with wanting a change in your bathroom. Especially if you have had the same look for years. Or maybe you bought a house that had an outdated bathroom that needs to be changed. Colors and specific fixtures can also make a bathroom look bigger or more styled, which can add value to your home.

What Will A Renovated Bathroom Do For Me?  

Here are some reasons why a bathroom renovation is a good idea:

1. Promote A Positive Frame Of Mind

A brand new bathroom won’t only look good, but also make you feel good. You’ll have a sense of accomplishment at recreating the vision in your mind. Plus, you’ll have a better experience when using the updated fixtures and fixtures. Many times we are getting ready or taking a mental break in the bathroom, so let it be your safe haven.

The National Association of Realtors 2017 Remodeling Impact Report states that 65% of homeowners are happier in their homes after a renovation. 77% feel a sense of accomplishment from the finished project. These findings show that renovation can have a positive impact on your life.

2. Add Resale Value To Your Home

For the monetary savvy out there, a renovated bathroom can add value to your home. The simplest renovation you can do is update the fixtures in the bathroom. Updated fixtures can give the bathroom a more modern feel which can go a long way in attracting potential buyers. Plus, it isn’t as expensive as gutting the entire thing.

Here are three major areas of the bathroom renovation that can also add the most value:

  • Tub/Shower
  • Flooring
  • Vanity

While these areas can definitely rack up the price of any renovation project, there are ways to save money. You can opt for cheaper materials or sets versus the more expensive options. You can also enlist a designer who knows your vision and can do all the hunting and penny pinching for you. Designers can also help prevent you from making DIY mistakes or spending more than you should in your bathroom.

Is A Bathroom Renovation Worth It?

If you need a change or are planning to sell, then a renovation is worth it. If you don’t have the money or desire to renovate, then save it for the future. A renovation is only worth it if you get something out of it. Just be sure to do your research and not overspend on the highest end features or upgrades. Unless you want them and can afford them of course!

Read Also: Bathroom Renovation Ideas ~ 7 Simple Steps for a Successful Bathroom Remodel

Photo: Melinda Mandell Interior Design

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