Tips & Advice
Does a bathroom remodel add value to a property?
According to experts a bathroom remodel might not recoup return on the original investment. However, it is one of the key renovations that can make potential buyers want to make an offer…or not. Homebuyers look for bathrooms with updated plumbing, convenient layout, and a pleasant aesthetic. That said, in older houses, where bedrooms far outnumber bathrooms, it’s advised to spend the money on a bathroom addition instead of gut-renovating the original bathroom.
Do bathroom remodeling contractors offer financing?
Yes, bathroom remodeling contractors often offer financing. Many homeowners prefer to refinance or take out a home equity line of credit. But others will see if the contractor can connect them with a lender who will set up some other type of loan. There are many types of loans available: secured and unsecured, personal, and those backed by the Federal Housing Administration.
Why is there such a wide price range for toilets?
The price range for toilets varies from $200 into the many thousands because of variables like best-flushing performance (single vs. dual flush), self-cleaning capabilities, design (one- or two-piece), and special features, like heated seats. Cosmetic elements, such as the color and the material of the toilet, also factor into the cost. Experts agree that the most expensive toilets do not necessarily function the best.
What are heated bathroom floors?
Heated bathroom floors are a popular way to warm up typically cold tile floors and keep people comfortable in their bathrooms, even when it’s chilly outside. The proper term is “radiant heat,” and it describes various methods of heating from under the floors. The least expensive method, which is popular for small spaces, uses an electric mat. Larger spaces might have electric heated coil systems installed under the tile, or hydronic systems where heated water is run through pipes below the flooring.
How long does a bathroom renovation usually take?
A bathroom renovation usually takes two to three weeks, if it’s a relatively small and straightforward job. Expect larger or more complicated remodels to last five to six weeks--not including any delays due to special material or permits. If you’re doing a gut renovation, which includes permits, specially ordered materials, and possibly up to a dozen different tradespeople, you should realistically expect it to take three to five months to complete.
How much does a bathroom remodel cost?
A mid-range bathroom remodel costs between $10,000-$18,000, but the amount varies greatly depending on the size of your bathroom, the materials you choose, and the location of your home. Also, the cost will vary according to how much work is done. Simple bathroom makeovers that update basic fixtures, refinish the cabinets, and install new countertops may be only $4,000-$8,000. However, if you want to move and change major plumbing or electrical elements, the cost of labor increases significantly. Mid-range remodels might include more modern plumbing fixtures and new flooring, as well as higher grade materials overall.
Upper-range remodels can cost $30,000-$50,000 or even more, depending on how luxurious your house is, the size of the bathroom, and the quality of materials. Extras, like a built-in sauna or natural stone floors, can drive costs up substantially. Be aware that even if you’re not using luxury materials, fully gutting a bathroom and changing the entire look and layout is still an upper-range remodel.
Does a refinished bathtub look painted?
A properly refinished bathtub should definitely not look painted. If your tub looks painted, it probably was. A professional refinishing job should leave your bathtub looking smooth, shiny, and like brand new.
How long will a refinished bathtub last?
A newly refinished tub should last roughly three to five years, while a re-glazed tub’s life expectancy can be 12-15 years or more. All of these estimates are based on standard usage and regular cleaning and maintenance of the tub.
Does bathtub refinishing fix cracks and chips?
For minor tub cracks and chips, a basic refinishing is an effective and efficient remedy. But deep chips or cracks that may affect the integrity of the tub need additional care, such as fillings or even replacement. Consult a professional to determine the extent of your tub’s repair needs.
How long does a bathtub refinishing take to complete?
Depending on your tub’s condition, a standard in-house refinishing should take two to five hours. Factoring in time for the tub to dry, expect at least a day, perhaps two, for the entire process to be complete before you can use the tub. Re-glazing will take days or even weeks. If your tub has damage, excessive wear, or has been refinished before, the process can take longer. A contractor can give you more precise estimates.