As homeowners, we all know the importance of maintaining realistic expectations. The longer you own a home, the more you realize the importance of being pragmatic and flexible. Things don’t always work out exactly as planned, and this is especially true when it comes to home renovations. Even when we watch home renovation TV shows, where people have significant resources at their disposal, including with highly skilled builders and renovators, the results are still often not as anticipated. If we expect perfection, we are far more likely to be disappointed when the dust has cleared and the finished product is there in front of us.
Consider the bathroom. This is one of the most important rooms in the house, and it’s one of the most desirable for home renovations. If you ask most homeowners which areas of the house they would most like to transform, bathrooms will almost always be high on the list.
But instead of asking ourselves weather our expectations are too high when it comes to bathroom renovations, let’s turn things around. Bathroom styles and designs have evolved significantly in recent years, as have renovation techniques and methods. This is evident when we stay in a freshly renovated hotel.
So is it possible that our expectations are too low? Should we be expecting more from the contractors who design, demolish, build out and finish the bathrooms in our homes?
When you consider the fact but most homeowners spend an average of $5000 – $15,000 on bathroom renovations, with some projects surpassing $20,000 or even $30,000, there’s a strong argument for homeowners to have higher expectations when it comes to renovating this essential area of the home.
Homeowners should not have to be in the upper area of the bathroom renovation price range in order to get excellent results. Even if the budget is only a few thousand dollars, they should expect a better value in the 21st-century.
This has everything to do with getting the right information up front. Many homeowners decide on a budget, contact a bathroom renovation company, and quickly commence with renovations. They may not have considered all the different options available to them. They may not have been aware of the furnishings, amenities, and configurations possible for their project. They may even have assumed that certain things they want are simply beyond the scope of their budget.
Here is where we see the vital importance of finding a truly reputable and qualified contractor at the beginning of the bathroom renovation process. In fact, it’s advisable to contact at least three reputable contractors and discuss your project with each of them. This will ensure that you receive a full and complete briefing on what’s available within your budget. It will gives you the chance to choose the contractor based on who is the most professional, straightforward, and service oriented.
Bathroom renovations are a major investment, and when done right, they go a long way toward enhancing lifestyle and increasing the value and appeal of a home. Don’t make the mistake of setting the bar too low. Today more than ever, it’s possible to achieve more with less.