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Bathroom Remodeling; It Nearly Pays for Itself

By Jeffrey Anderson
Bathrooms are some of the most used rooms in a home. Family members use all of the bathrooms on a regular basis and guests use the powder room or guest bath. Frequent use and moisture in the air cause these rooms to age more quickly than other rooms in your home.

High Rate of Return on Your Bathroom Remodeling Dollar

REALTOR Magazine had an article in 2008 showing that bathroom remodeling brought one of the highest return values when a home is sold, returning almost 75 percent of the remodeling costs. This means that your family and you are getting a remodeled bath to use for only 25 percent of the money you invest in the project.

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Large or Small Bathroom Remodel, Get Estimates

A professional remodeling contractor should be happy to give you estimates for your small project or major bathroom remodeling effort. If you are simply remodeling a powder room, prices for the following may be included in your contractor's estimates:
  • Light fixture
  • Toilet
  • Vanity cabinet and top or pedestal sink
  • Faucet set
  • Flooring
  • Paint or wallpaper

A contractor might transform your master bathroom into the luxurious retreat you have always dreamed of by:
  • Enlarging the room
  • Adding a whirlpool bath
  • Separate shower with tile base
  • Seamless shower enclosure
  • Double bowled granite vanity top
  • Ceiling heat lamps
  • Heated floor

Prices and estimates for the above should be clearly outlined. A professional bathroom remodeling contractor may have advice for a simple or a significant job, and might even be able to suggest how to phase in the work as your budget allows. The right contractor will also ensure that professionals are working on all phases of the project such as plumbing, electrical, and flooring, and that all permits are received and work inspected as the bathroom remodeling progresses.

If your bathroom is starting to look like it needs a face lift, get estimates of what it will cost to revive it, and don't forget about the 75 percent you may eventually recoup.

About the Author

Jeffrey Anderson has a Degree in English from V.M.I. and served as an officer in the Marine Corps. He worked in Residential and Commercial construction management for 25 years before retiring to write full time.
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