Here are some bathroom remodel plumbing mistakes you’ll want to avoid
Thinking about remodeling your home’s bathroom in the near future? Good call: a newly remodeled bathroom can greatly increase the value of your home. However, that’s only if the remodel is done right. In this article, we’ll review some of the bathroom remodel plumbing mistakes that homeowners most commonly make, and how you can avoid setbacks and cost overruns on your remodeling project.
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You don’t have to choose between a beautiful bathroom and one that adds value to your home. By making smart choices with your remodeling investment, you can avoid major bathroom remodel plumbing mistakes. Check out our infographic for an in-depth look:
What are the benefits of remodeling your bathroom?
In 2018, nearly half of all Americans planned to remodel their bathroom. Why are such a high number of homeowners looking to make a change? Generally speaking, it probably doesn’t have anything to do with how the homeowner might feel about the space, and is more driven by the real estate market. Buyers—especially millennials, who are the single-largest group of prospective homebuyers—want and expect upgraded master and guest bathrooms.
What does this mean for you? Well, for one, if you’re thinking about selling your home in the next few years, a bathroom remodel is one of the best remodeling projects you can tackle, second to only a kitchen remodel. A mid-range bathroom remodel has a 70.1% return-on-investment, which means you’ll recoup $70 for every $100 you invest in the renovation. Add in the enjoyment you’ll get out of the space and the positive impact a bathroom remodel has on your home’s curb appeal, and a bathroom remodel is a no-brainer.
Of course, any remodeling project is easier said than done. There’s a lot of decisions that need to be made. In this article, we’ll try to provide you with some basic advice on mistakes you can avoid, but we also recommend you consult with a remodeling professional in your area to create a plan individualized to your home.
Common bathroom plumbing mistakes
Cutting corners when it comes to people
People are everything. When you take your car into the shop, who would you rather have a look at it: the novice mechanic who just walked in off the street, or an experienced professional who has worked with your make and model before and has all the tools needed to complete the job? Yes, the professional may cost more money, but in a you-get-what-you-pay-for way, you could also be saving a lot of money if the novice mechanic breaks something or makes a mistake that impacts the long-term value and ability to drive your vehicle.
The same principles apply to your bathroom remodeling project. “Cheapest” is rarely the best metric for selecting people to work on your project. Many common bathroom plumbing mistakes occur because of non-professionals taking shortcuts, not knowing what they are doing, or installing things incorrectly. For example, you do not want your shower floor to be the first one that your installer has ever attempted to slope. Expertise is worth the cost. Don’t cut corners.
Mismatching parts and styles
There’s a famous country song where the singer tells the story of building a car, “one piece at a time,” over the course of several decades. When it comes to your bathroom remodel, treat that as a cautionary tale. Too often, either in an attempt to cut costs or just out of ignorance, homeowners purchase mismatching parts, pieces, and items, and are then put in a position of either having to buy replacements or (worse) trying to fit them together.
This can even happen with something like the bathroom vanity and sink. Beyond visual mismatches of tile, counters, and cabinets, many homeowners make the mistake of purchasing a sink that does not fit in the countertop for their vanity. This brings us to our next section:
Taking incorrect measurements
Measure twice, cut once. If you are handling any part of your bathroom remodel yourself—no matter how seemingly small or inconsequential your part of the project is—you need to make sure that your measurements are exact. So many remodeling issues arise because pipes aren’t the correct length, tile is incorrectly cut, or (as mentioned before) the shower floor is not sloped precisely, preventing water from draining later. Any of these can result in serious rework and ballooning remodeling costs.
Bring in a professional plumber for your bathroom remodeling project
When in doubt, always bring in a professional plumber to help with your remodeling project. Choose a plumbing expert who has worked on bathroom remodels before and has training and experience in installing showers, tubs, vanities, and more. While there are some parts of your project you can do yourself, such as installing vinyl flooring, you’ll want to have a plumber assist with things like moving pipes, adding a tub, or installing a toilet.
Make the right choices when remodeling your bathroom
A bathroom remodel can be a complex project that involves major plumbing, tiling, and electrical work. Check out our infographic for our best tips and advice for avoiding remodeling problems:
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