5 Tips for Updating Your Bathroom for Less

April 4, 2015

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Bathroom remodeling can be expensive, no doubt about it. But you don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy your bath time or make an impression on your guests. And if it’s the only bathroom in the house, you are probably tired of making excuses about its condition when someone visits you and has to use a bathroom. But you don’t have to! Our Maryland bathroom remodeling professionals can help you remodel your bathroom without dipping into your savings or getting in debt. Just follow these useful tips and you’ll find many opportunities to pay less.

Focus on What Makes the Biggest Impact

We’ve remodeled dozens of bathrooms and we know that nothing makes a bigger difference for the money than a fresh coat of paint. If you have a small bathroom, choose a light color to make it seem larger. Feeling adventurous? Make a bold statement with a feature wall. You will notice right away how different color, or even a fresh coat of the same color, instantly livens up the space and gives it a new look.

Get Rid of Mold

No one wants to be taking a relaxing bubble bath and staring at mold. Not only is it unattractive, but it also spreads mold spores that can cause allergic reactions in some people. Mold likes moist environments, and can be found in many places in a bathroom, including ceiling, between shower doors, around faucets, etc. If you have mold on the ceiling, it’s likely you could use better ventilation in your bathroom. Try installing a more powerful fan or a dehumidifier. Sometimes, the presence of mold can indicate a persistent leak. Determine what’s causing mold growth and fix it, so that you don’t have the same problem in your new, remodeled bathroom.

Don’t Replace—Clean!

If you have a small budget, you should choose wisely where you want to spend money and where you should save. For example, instead of replacing old tile, whether it’s on your bathroom floor, walls or counter, simply clean it. Yes, you will need some elbow grease to scrub clean that old grout, but at the end you’ll have a like-new surface! If the grout looks too damaged to be cleaned, consider removing it with special tools and re-grouting. And don’t forget to apply a fresh lawyer of caulk around the sink for an even fresher look.

Reline Your Tub

A new tub (even if you are buying used) will cost you a pretty penny. Not only that, but you will also have to pay for removal of your old tub and replacement of the wall surround. This high-ticket item can easily eat up the majority of your bathroom remodeling budget. To avoid this, consider installing a new bathtub liner instead of getting a brand-new tub. This way, you will get the clean look and fresh surface you desire without the need to rip out your old tub.

Buy in Advance

If something really needs replacement, like a leaky faucet or a cracked toilet, try to purchase these items in advance. Look online to spot good deals and high-value coupons, especially around holidays. You might have to wait a bit until you collect all the necessary items, but at the end you’ll save a lot of money. If you have to purchase something last-minute, at least shop around and compare prices.

Having trouble finding a Maryland bathroom remodeling company that can work with your tight budget? Give the Bath Doctor a call and we’ll be happy to discuss your project and offer affordable solutions.

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