A bathroom should be a place of comfort — the optimal environment for a relaxing soak or getting ready efficiently during a harried morning.
“You’re going to spend time in there every day,” says Sarah Hurd, part of the mother-daughter team behind Short Story Renovations, a Baltimore-area design, rehab, and staging company. “You should not hate your bathroom.”
If a bad layout, poor lighting, and leaky fixtures are getting in the way, it might be time for some changes.
Despite being one of the most important rooms of a house or hotel, bathrooms are probably one of the few areas that are neglected when it comes to regular renovations and updating.
Many would think that since the bathroom is not used as frequently as the bedroom or the living room, its deterioration is much slower than the others used more frequently. The truth is, this is wrong. Years of constant use and wear can take a toll on your bathroom, your budget, and even your sanity. Don’t let it get to that point.
How often should you really remodel your bathroom? Once a year? Every two months? The question should not be how often, but when. Many signs perceived by the human senses can be the telltale signs that you should schedule a meeting with your chosen bathroom contractor.
Stains, cracked tiles, peeling paint and missing grout
These are the most visible signs that you need to start thinking about renovation ASAP. Although these signs are seemingly minor, these can lead to—or be signs of early onset water leakage, mold, and mildew formation. Sometimes, it can possibly mean corrosion or more severe structural damage.
Leaky faucets or toilet pipes
This is something to remember: not all water leaks are visible. Most of the time, it starts behind walls, leaving your surprised when it finally shows up. It can also be the cause of the unexplained high water bills. When you hear water dripping from nowhere, it’s definitely time for a bathroom renovation.
Lingering odors and heavy humidity
Have you noticed that odd smell that won’t go away no matter how much you clean your bathroom? It may be a sign that you need to have some repairs to be done.
Sometimes, the temperature inside your bathroom can be a nudge too. If the room feels like a sauna whenever you use it, it can mean that something is not functioning properly, like the exhaust fan.
Cases of Mold
Even if it’s just one spot, molds can easily spread and should be taken care of immediately upon discovery. The development of molds is normal in bathrooms, especially when areas and surfaces remain moist for a long period of time (read: water leakage).
You’re simply not just happy with the way it is.
What if you decided to check for these signs but you find nothing? Is it not the time for a renovation? No, of course not. If you are not pleased with the overall appearance and ‘feel’ of the room, you can always try to tweak some things and aspects of it. Just make sure you won’t make any further damage.
Outdated wallpapers, paints, and decorations can easily be replaced through a minor bathroom renovation. Owners can also always install new shelves, cabinets and additional spaces whenever the room feels cramped and inefficient.
If you have any of these problems in your home, then remodeling your bathroom is a must—regardless of how often it is. Usually, the best professional bathroom contractors make sure remodeling projects should be frequent. A few inspections and check-ups per year are alright.