7 things to consider before updating your bathroom

Whenever it’s time to shower or style your hair, you notice that your bathroom is a bit outdated. You’re ready to rip out the floor, repaint the walls, and replace all the fixtures. It’s time to renovate your bathroom!

But first, consider if there are a few other upgrades that it needs aside from the aesthetics. Now is the time to tackle these projects—you don’t want to redo the plumbing after you’ve installed new fixtures. Before your renovations are underway, consider if you need to make any of these changes…

Get creative with storing ideas

When it comes to bathroom storage, you’re often limited to a medicine cabinet, vanity drawers, and the shelves in your shower. You might find it difficult to store larger items like a hair dryer or electric shaver. How can you get more out of your space without sacrificing functionality?

A big trend this year is the use of floating shelves that can fit into small or awkward corners, turning them into functional storage spaces. Take advantage of the vertical space in your bathroom with floating shelves.

Choose the right experts

This tip may not relate to your bathroom specifically, but if you’re planning to renovate your home, you’ll probably work with a contractor.

We all wish that we could complete renovations ourselves, but it isn’t always feasible when you have limited time and a lack of experience. 

If you’re looking for a local contractor, try to get bids from at least three people. Instead of choosing the least expensive option, select one that’s qualified, honest, and willing to work with you. Before hiring someone, make sure to read online reviews of their business!

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Add more electrical outlets

Do you find yourself hooking up power bars or extension cords just to get ready in the morning? Could your bathroom benefit from a few extra outlets? This is something that’s best to determine before a remodel, as it could damage your walls. Identify which spots need more electricity (perhaps you need a charging spot near the toilet or another plug near the mirror), and plan your renovations accordingly.

Inspect the plumbing

Before you start, you may want to replace your plumbing. Any leaky pipes will cause water damage, which could destroy your new floor tiles or freshly painted walls.

Look for leaks under the sink, near the toilet, or by a drain. Even a small leak adds up over time—you’ll consistently pay more for your water bill and you’ll need to repair water damage.

Add a ventilation system

Bathrooms are pretty humid places; the fog that appears on the mirror after a shower is proof of that. Excess moisture in the air can cause mold and mildew growth, along with damaging your walls, floors, and furniture (especially wooden fixtures).

If you notice mold spots on the ceiling, how can you reduce the humidity? A few ways to control the moisture in your bathroom include:

  • Installing a fan. We aren’t talking about a traditional plug-in fan here—for your bathroom, you need a fan that can vent air outside your home. These fans are often installed in a ceiling, wall, or floor. They remove the humid air from your bathroom via ductwork.
  • Use a dehumidifier. Don’t have the ductwork necessary for a fan? Try using a dehumidifier that directly removes moisture from the air. The only issue with this approach is that you may not have the space for this unit in your bathroom.
  • Opening a window. If you can’t afford a fancy ventilation system, try opening the window a crack when you shower.

Rethink the lighting

You’re tired of trying to style your hair in a dimly lit bathroom. Or perhaps the lights are too bright, and your eyes burn whenever you need to use the washroom late at night. Either way, you could benefit from a light dimmer.

If you apply makeup, you may have noticed that overhead lighting casts shadows on your face, which makes it difficult to see what you’re doing. A light that’s behind your mirror will evenly illuminate your face to give you a more accurate reflection.

Install a drain hair catcher

We use our bathrooms to shower, shave, and brush our hair. Naturally, a lot of that hair ends up going down the drain. It may not seem like a big deal, but it can cause a big (and expensive) problem.

Here’s what to know about your home’s sewer line: Over time, it gets clogged by things like soap scum, grease, and (you guessed it) hair. If that happens, you might have a sewage backup on your hands, which could ruin your new renovations.

Prevent drain clogs by using a drain hair catcher or drain screen. Place it directly over  the drain and clean it out when necessary. 

Since we use our bathrooms every day, a remodel is something that people notice and appreciate regularly. Save yourself from extra work by planning your renovations carefully. Make sure to consider things like plumbing, lighting, and/or electrical upgrades.

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