So Many Choices When Renovating Your Bathroom

So Many Choices When Renovating Your Bathroom


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Professionals who understand home values will often say that there are two areas in a home which are most important to people: kitchens and bathrooms. This is made known when a home is being put up for sale as these rooms in the house are often the deciding factor whether someone will purchase a home or not.

That is also why when you consider making any kind of home renovation, you take a hard look at your kitchens and baths to see if these areas could use a complete overhaul or a minor refreshening. If you are looking specifically at your bathrooms for what you can do there.

When considering a bathroom renovation, you’ll need to keep the following in mind:

How extensive of a project are you looking at? Do you want to do a complete gutting down to the studs and floorboards or are you looking at replacing a counter top, a light fixture, and an exhaust fan? Of course, the more complicated the job, the more time it will take and the more money you will have to expend.

DIY or contractor? Will it be a do-it-yourself project or will you need to hire a contractor? Assess your skills, the time needed to complete the work, and your willingness to tackle the project. You may be able to handle replacing a vanity, toilet, or a shower stall, but making structural changes involving electricity, plumbing, and moving walls could be beyond your skill sets.

Out of pocket or bank financing? Do you have the funds available to do the work or will you need to take out an equity loan or secure a line of credit to finance the renovation. With the latter, you could gain an important tax deduction and a low rate on funds borrowed. You will, however, take on some debt. Fortunately, bathroom (and kitchen) renovations usually allow you to recoup your investment. Work on a budget to see what you can afford.

If you’re looking simple for a fresh look consider putting in a bath/shower liner, swapping out the wall paper, replacing a mirror, and changing a closet door. These can be especially good things to do if you plan on selling your new home in the future — you’ve brightened up the bathroom without expending a whole lot of money.


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".