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Considering a Bathroom or Kitchen Remodel? Here are Some Things to Consider

A bathroom or kitchen remodel is a great way to spruce up your home and add a little value to your home. A remodeled bathroom or kitchen is after all one of the most desired things on a home buyers list. Even if you aren’t looking to sell your home, remodeling your bathroom or kitchen can help improve your quality of life. If you are considering a bathroom or kitchen remodel there are a few things that you need to consider.

#1 Budget

Having a budget is a must when it comes to a bathroom or kitchen remodel. That being said be prepared for a little leeway with your budget in case you come across something unexpected. It's important to also have a realistic budget. Familiarize yourself with how much things cost beforehand and add things to your budget accordingly. Shop around a little. If you are looking to add marble flooring, for example, visit several marble distributors first to get an idea on the quality and price point you are after. Upscale fixtures are of course going to cost more, so it's important to familiarize yourself with what things actually cost to avoid sticker shock.

#2 Plan for Surprises

While you can’t exactly prepare for everything thrown your way during a bathroom or kitchen remodel you can expect that some things probably won't go as planned. The problem with a bathroom or kitchen remodel is you often discover problems that you were unaware of. For example, if you remove your kitchen cabinets you may discover that you have a huge mold problem. This can result in an expected cost for proper mold remediation. Some other common issues that might arise with a bathroom or kitchen remodel of an older home are issues with leads and asbestos, which legally have to be dealt with a certain way for health and safety reasons. It's important to mentally prepare yourself for these little hiccups and leave some extra room in your budget.

#3 Keeping Things up to Code

It's important to keep things up to code when you do a bathroom or kitchen remodel. You may find yourself opening up a wall and find out that the electrical isn’t up to code. Making these repairs and bringing things up to code is not only important for health and safety reasons but also for resale purposes as well. Any code violations discovered during a home inspection could delay or prevent the sale of a home.

#4 Hire a Professional

Hiring a professional to handle your bathroom or kitchen remodel is the best way to go. Of course, there are certain things that most die-hard DIYers are capable of doing for example maybe you are really itching to lay that tile floor yourself. However when it comes to the plumbing and electrical work you are better off hiring a professional. This will ensure that things are done correctly, up to code, and in a timely manner.