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The Nuts & Bolts of a Market Ready Home: Part 3
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The final aspect of your home that can be renovated to provide the highest return on investment when you go to sell is your bathroom.  Homebuyers are looking for the highest degree of luxury, comfort, and convenience that fits within their budget.  They’re seeking a home that doesn’t require the work and investment a new bathroom entails.

Every masterpiece first begins with a plan.  Your first step in a bathroom remodel is to find a designer help you come up with the bathroom design that meets your vision and your goals.  Once you have that plan in place, seek out a top of the line contractor to help make your vision become the reality.  The right contractor will make or break your remodel.  Be sure that you have someone knowledgeable and experienced.  Consider this; there are few rooms in any home that require as many different specialized skillsets as the bathroom.  The bathroom incorporates plumbing, HVAC, electric, fixtures, special flooring, etc.  You want to be sure that the people you have guiding you through the project are experienced enough to help you make the most cost effective, high quality choices available to you.

Your expectations for a bathroom remodel are not far from those of a kitchen remodel.  Thankfully you don’t have to move out as many items and figure out new food storage!  But you should still mentally prepare for the fact that although the end goal is amazing, the journey can be tiring and taxing at times.

Expect Dust

A bathroom renovation is going to kick up large amounts of dust.  It begins with the demolition and continues with sanding, drilling, additional drywall, tile, etc.  Your contractors will attempt to seal off the area with plastic, but it isn’t a complete solution.  If possible, try to remodel during a time of year when you won’t need to have the furnace on.  If the air must be blowing in the house, check with an HVAC professional to see if the bathroom vents can be covered to prevent the dust from circulating throughout the home. Also, anticipate that the dust will follow contractors and guests as they walk in and out of the workspace.

Expect Noise

Demolition, sanding, drilling, nail guns, etc.. a bathroom remodel is not a quiet undertaking.  There will be consistent noise throughout the process.  While it may wear on the nerves a little, just keep in mind the end goal and the space that is being created.  It will be worth the inconvenience!

Expect the Unexpected

Just like any large project, the unexpected will alter your best anticipated plans.  Consider cushioning your budget by 10% - 20% to account for unexpected incidentals.  It will save you some major stress before the project is over and allow you to create a reasonable renovation without ‘breaking the bank.’  Anticipate making countless decisions.  Hopefully you started your project with a detailed plan and vision.  Even with that in place, there will still be decisions contractors will be asking you to make on a daily basis. Finally, expect delays.  There are just too many unforeseen situations that can occur.  The vanity you ordered could arrive damaged and you have to wait weeks for a replacement, electric wiring could’ve been run incorrectly and halts all progress until it’s resolved.  Know that these circumstances are part of the deal for anyone making substantial changes to their home.

At Midwest Property Pros, we would love the opportunity to help you get your home market ready!  Contact us today for a free consultation at 513-488-1000.

 




 

 

 

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