Small Bathroom Makeovers
Increase Your Home Value
Especially in a slow economy, small bathroom makeovers just makes sense. Your home value increases, your home gets a face lift, and your money is better spent since you can see a positive, long-lasting result.
Remodeling a bathroom can involve several building trades such as:
- Air Conditioning
- and possibly a general contractor to manage the trades listed above
This of course may not hold true if you are a do-it-yourself handy-person with above average skill sets in remodeling projects. You can save time and money if you have the necessary skills to do much of this work yourself. But...be forewarned that a contractor does much more than manage the project. He or she will act as mediator, problem-solver, design professional, and several other positions that make hiring a contractor an invaluable source.
An important thing to do as you consider a bathroom renovation project is to plan carefully. If you do your homework prior to starting the project, you will know the costs, materials, and labor needed to complete the project. Try your best not to make any changes from your initial plans.
Making changes as you go along can increase your costs of the overall project. If you make a change to buy a certain product over another that reduces your costs, then that is a good thing. Just be cautious as you proceed not to request contractors to make changes without knowing how the changes will affect the total costs.
Your First Steps to Small Bathroom Makeovers
Your first steps to consider are to plan, plan, and then plan some more. The best approach is to dedicate a notebook to your project to use for writing down important information as you go along.
Use this notebook to keep important information such as:
- The names of contractors, suppliers, and others that are associated with your project
- All phone numbers from contractors and suppliers
- Store locations of all suppliers
- The dates and type of work performed, noting any problems areas needing to be addressed
- Take down information on the products you purchase
For example, you might write down where you purchased lighting, faucets, and your sinks. Note down the brands, store names where purchased, dates, and other important information that you may use if things go wrong and you need to return a product for credit or replacement.
Take out your notebook and write some of these questions that you need to not only ask yourself, but find their answers. Some good questions to start off with are questions such as:
- What do I want to do?
- How much is my budget?
- Who do I want to perform the work?
- Do I have two or three project quotes to compare?
- What concerns do I have
- What items are reusable if removed and what should you purchase brand new
What is important to remember is that this notebook is to be kept well after the project is completed. You can add anything that seems worthy of noting down. When you least expect it, your good notes will come back to aid you in a time of need.
Some reasons why a well kept notebook is a good source to create:
- You may need to call back your contractor.
- Your new faucet may malfunction and you need to know where you bought the faucet, the date, cost, and item number to claim your credit or replacement.
- The new tile you had installed developed some cracks and you need to know where the tile was purchased, date purchased, color, style, and (very important) its lot number. Finding the exact same tile, with the same lot number is important if you want to match your existing tile.
- Or you might have another bathroom project to do and your notes can help you decide if you should proceed with another remodeling project.
Small bathroom makeovers are very rewarding. Since the bathroom is one of the most used rooms of your home, you get this repetitive good feeling of accomplishment several times a day.
Start planning your small bathroom makeover now.
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