How to Tell if it is the Right Time for a Bathroom Remodel

Many homeowners know they need to do something about their outdated bathroom, but just can't come up with a good enough reason to put up with all the inconvenience and expense that goes along with a bathroom remodeling project. If you have gotten to the point where you can just no longer stand those old green bath fixtures from the 70s, but still just can't seem to come up with a reason to bite the bullet, here are 10 reasons to remodel your bathroom.

Reason 1: If your bath is falling apart so badly that you are ashamed to have a guest use it then it is most certainly time to update your bath. Ugly water stains on the tub, sink and toilet, a sagging ceiling, chipped and cracked floor tile or broken mirrors and missing vanity doors should be all the reason you need to remodel your bath.

Reason 2: Your bath may still be pristine, yet still woefully outdated. Even if your retro bath fixtures don't have a scratch, chip or stain you should still consider joining the 21st century. After all, 45 year old bath fixtures that haven't been updated since your Westfield house was built have had a heck of a run. If you want to live in the here and now it's time to take the plunge and transform your "vintage" bath into one that you can live with for at least a decade.

Reason 3: Many homeowners have decided to remodel their bath as a way to increase the value or "marketability" of their property. Next to a new kitchen, a remolded bath typically increases the value of a home more than any other project. Also, a freshly remodeled and attractive bathroom will have much more appeal to the next prospective homeowner than an outdated and dingy bath.

Typically, unless you fall off the deep end and go on a top-of-the-line hog-wild shopping spree at the home improvement store, you will probably be able to recuperate your remodeling investment when you sell.

Reason 4: The prime motivation behind a bath remodel might just be financial incentives, for example the money savings realized from installing water-saving fixtures, such as low-flow toilets and shower heads. Additionally, government entities and some vendors will offer tax incentives and cash rebates for upgrading to more efficient water heaters and fixtures, and may even offer no-interest payment plans.

Reason 5: Saving energy can also be a good motivation for undertaking a bathroom remodeling project. Adding a skylight to allow in more natural light will reduce the need for artificial lighting, and adding high efficient LED lighting can drastically reduce your power bill. Energy-efficient water heaters and solar water heaters can cut the utility bill further while placing less of a strain on the environment.

Reason 6: While the bath may have worked just fine for the previous Westfield homeowner, it may be the bathroom from H-E-double hockey sticks to you.

Maybe it only has a shower and you like a nice hot soak after a long day, or it only has one sink and you and your significant other don't share so well first thing in the morning. Whatever the motivation, one common reason for a bath remodel is to create a bathroom that will fit your needs.

Reason 7: It is sometimes necessary to remodel a bath to be able to accommodate a disabled family member. As an example, if a loved one must use a wheelchair, a specially-equipped shower or easy-open cabinets may be needed to make the bathroom more useable, and that person's life a little easier.

Reason 8: Sometimes, as a homeowner, you just need a change. Your current bath design may be quite functional, reasonable, modern and even attractive, yet it just doesn't appeal to you any longer. This is one reason where you don't need a reason; it's your home and you have to live there, so be happy.

Reason 9: Okay, so you finally got the gourmet kitchen you had always wanted and now you need the bathroom of your dreams to go with it. Italian marble floor tiles, granite countertops, customized lighting and luxurious new 300 thread-count bath towels. If that is what you want, why not? After all, you are the one who will be investing in it.

Reason 10: So you have been watching all the home-improvement gurus on Saturday morning TV and got inspired. Since the dawning of the original home fixer-upper television show on PBS, home-improvement shows have cropped up on almost every TV network, and for good reason. These shows have become insanely popular, giving homeowners everywhere the inspiration to finally undertake that bathroom remodeling job.

For help with your bath remodel project in Westfield, IN call L.E. Isley & Sons, Inc. at (317) 420-4006.

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