Upgrading your home doesn’t have to involve ripping out the walls or replacing all your fixtures. One of the easiest and most overlooked, areas to update in your home is your bathroom. Everything in this intimate room as a life expectancy that is often overlooked during daily usage. When the bathtub breaks, it is often easier to just live with it than to simply fit in a new one. In most instances, you do not have to replace the tub itself, merely fit a new shell over it. Here are some things to bear in mind when deciding whether fitting a bathtub is the right move for your next home improvement project.
Is the core tub still viable? Underneath the porcelain is a metal frame that is prone to damage and where over the course of the several years. Before deciding whether or not to simply add a new cover over the existing frame determine if you are merely covering up an underlying issue. A home maintenance expert will be able to help you determine what repairs, if any, are needed before proceeding with your project.
What is the size of the space you are working with? There are several bathtub fitting options available based on your personal preferences, budget, and the size of the space you are working with. Take careful measurements of the existing installation and have the figures on hand when discussing the project with the salesperson or installer. This will help prevent budget shock and delays caused by unknown information that should’ve been obtained earlier in the project.
How far do you want to go? When you start a remodeling project it is easy to get caught up in the process and reinvent your entire home. Make a plan at the start and stick with it. If you are just focusing on the bathtub, great. If you wish to make certain that your new tub fits perfectly with the rest of the bathroom, even better. Talk with a remodeling expert to determine how best to go about creating a perfect space to relax and clean yourself in.
What is your budget? Before you pick out a contractor or new bathtub shell it is imperative to understand where you stand financially. A good rule of thumb is to assume a project will cost 20% more than projected and to select your fixtures accordingly. This will help you avoid the sticker shock which often results in unfinished projects. This is also key in obtaining extra financing if needed. By having exact figures on hand, you will be able to negotiate a package that covers everything needed without having to obtain excess cash that will only result in more interest later.
Why do you want to do this? By having a clear and concise reason for your project it will be easier to work with contractors. It will also help reduce tensions in your family since everyone will be on the same page. Preparation and knowledge are your most precious tools when getting the ball rolling on any project.
Fitting a bathtub is one of the easiest ways to ease yourself into a major home remodeling project. Pick out a new design and go from there. If you do it yourself, read a guide first. In time, you will have a beautiful home that reflects your own tastes and needs.