4 Rookie Bathroom-Remodeling Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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A bathroom remodel is one of the most challenging projects you can take on for your home. But if you do it right, the rewards can be amazing. Unfortunately, rookie remodelers often run into the same issues when they start their projects, and when not handled correctly, these can lead to delays, extra costs and a disappointing result.

Here are the most common errors first-timers make with bathroom projects, along with tips on how you can avoid making them yourself. Included are photos of beautiful bathrooms that do it right.

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1. Not Creating a Budget

Many inexperienced remodelers don’t spend enough time planning their costs before the bathroom renovation starts. This can cause major setbacks down the road — including not being able to finish a bathroom.

It is essential to establish your remodeling budget as accurately as you can before the work starts. Create a list of exactly what you’ll be replacing or repairing, such as shower walls, faucets, mirrors and cabinetry. If you’re planning to replace any tiles, you’ll also have to work out the square footage you’ll need.

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Add in the cost of subcontractors you’ll need. And if you’ll be doing anything yourself, include the price of any tools you’ll need to buy or rent.

I’d recommend adding in a buffer of about 10% to the budget to pay for any unexpected costs that crop up — because chances are, they will.

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2. Replacing Everything

I’m a big advocate of repairing over replacing where you can. Some rookie remodelers get a little demolition-happy and want to replace everything in a bathroom, which can cost a lot of unexpected money and time.

If your vanity is a little dated but otherwise in good condition, have it painted and install new hardware. You might be pleasantly surprised at the transformation, and all for less than the cost of a replacement. Look for other features that can be easily refreshed or restored as well.


3. Going With Poor-Quality Work and Finishes

One of the biggest mistakes I see people make is trying to cut corners by not using quality professionals or products. Remodeling is not about cutting corners, or smoke and mirrors — there is no room for poor finishes or unsafe practices.

When it comes to a bathroom remodel, you do not want iffy waterproofing. Trust me, when it comes to your budget, this is where you should invest. Do it right the first time by working with trained and certified waterproofing contractors.

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When it comes to finishes, buy the best you can afford. They will make your completed bathroom look and feel more luxurious, and are more likely to go the distance than very cheap ones.

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4. Not Allowing for Enough Storage

Just like every other room in the house, good storage in a bathroom is essential if you want it to function well and to keep it clean and uncluttered. You’ll need space for makeup, medicines, hair dryers, towels and more, depending on how many people will be sharing the bathroom.

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The key is smart storage that will give you a home for everything you need to store, without swallowing up too much precious space in your bathroom. Look to incorporate different-size drawers in your vanity to accommodate items of various shapes and sizes.