Common Bathroom Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

Renovating a bathroom can be a complicated process; because of this it's unfortunately all too easy to make mistakes which could end up costing you a lot of time and money to rectify. Here are a couple of the most frequently-committed blunders which you should try to avoid.  

Failing to prepare for the unexpected

Many bathroom renovation projects that seem quite simple at the outset end up becoming increasingly challenging (and costly) as time goes on. There are many reasons for this, but water damage is often the culprit. It's surprisingly common for a small leak to go unnoticed for long periods of time, only to be discovered after the bathroom has been ripped out by a remodelling contractor. If left unnoticed (and therefore unrepaired) for several months, even a tiny leak can cause huge amounts of damage.

This is why it is absolutely crucial to set aside some cash specifically for unexpected repair work that may need to be done during your bathroom renovation. Failing to create a contingency fund could mean that you end up stuck with a half-finished bathroom for months on end because you have had to use up all of your budgeted funds on unforeseen plumbing problems.

Worse yet, if a serious issue that requires immediate attention (such as a burst pipe, for example) occurs towards the end of the renovation when you have already spent most of your project money, you may not be able to afford to have it fixed, as emergency plumbers in many towns and cities often request payment upfront. Setting side contingency cash will mean that you won't have to worry about being able to pay for these type of emergency call-outs. You also shouldn't put off calling emergency plumbers in the hopes that you'll be able to come up with a DIY solution. Procrastinating plumbing repairs can wreak havoc on your bathroom.

Choosing the wrong flooring

When it comes to choosing bathroom flooring, you should think carefully not only about the aesthetic you want to achieve, but also about whether your chosen material will be robust enough to withstand all of the wear and tear that it will endure in the bathroom.

It's very common for homeowners to make the mistake of prioritising appearance over durability only to find themselves with a damaged floor that needs replacing just months after it was fitted. For example, many people love the look of wooden flooring the bathroom as it can give the space a beautifully rustic appearance. However, wood is almost always a poor choice in this part of the home as it is very prone to water damage.

Similarly, whilst gleaming, perfectly-smooth floor tiles might make your bathroom look very chic, their non-textured, slippery surface could easily lead to you or another member of your household falling and injuring yourselves. This is why it is essential to choose bathroom flooring that not only suits your personal tastes, but is also water-resistant, durable, safe (i.e. non-slip) and hygienic.