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One of the best thing you can do to increase the value of your home is to add a bathroom, or at least remodel an existing one to make it awesome. Even if you are not planning to sell anytime soon, a nice bathroom can add considerably to your comfort. That is, when it is done. A bathroom remodel can is quite disruptive, especially if there is just one bathroom in the house. It can also be messy and time consuming. So, you want to make sure you get it right the first time.
To do that, you have to plan it very carefully. It helps to have a professional contractor like Granite ASAP to carry out the project for you. But there are some things you can do before getting in touch to make your bathroom remodel an awesome one.
Check out the space
Browsing through design websites or leafing through glossy home design magazines may have fired up your imagination of what your new bathroom is going to look like. Unfortunately, you have to rein in your imagination to account for the available space you have. You can plan to expand it if you can. But that will cost considerably more than just working with what you already have. You have to check out the space and the kind of changes you need before renovating the bathroom.
In many cases, a better source of inspiration for your new bathroom is that of your neighbors. This is especially true if you live in a condo or residential complex where the homes have identical layouts. You can get design ideas that actually work with the available space. Take photos if you can, and put together the elements you like for your own bathroom. If your neighbors managed to put in an extra bathroom or powder room, you should consider doing the same thing to keep your home value competitive.
Think in the long term
No one knows what will happen in the future. But you can at least make a 5-year plan for your house. Major home improvements take up a lot of resources. And not all of them will give you an equal return on your investment. If you are planning to sell your house , you can get some good returns from minor upgrades. Such as putting in a granite vanity, changing the fixtures, or painting the walls a neutral color that will appeal to a wide range of tastes. If you are planning on staying for the next few years, then go ahead with a major bathroom remodel that will suite your personal preferences. Think about where you will be the next few years to help you decide on how much you want to invest in your new bathroom.
Make a budget
A bathroom remodel can cost you anywhere between a couple of bucks to a few thousand, depending on what you eventually end up doing. It is important to set a budget before you embark on a remodeling project, however, or you could end up spending more than you can afford. When you make a budget, you can prioritize on the elements of the project that are most important to you, and earmark the funds for them. Generally, you don’t want to stink on the hardware and countertop materials. Because these are going to take a lot of handling and use on a daily basis. You want them to last a long time, so pick out the best quality ones you can afford.
If you are feeling a bit nervous about overspending, the best thing you can do is ask for a detailed quote for what you want to have done from a reliable contractor so you know if you can afford it. You can always trim the fat by choosing less expensive granite slabs or opting to re-grout the tiles instead of replacing them. A company like Granite ASAP will work with you to fine-tune a project cost to a comfortable level for you.
It is a good idea to take the time to comparison shop when it comes to big-ticket items. You should get at least three quotes from local contractors, and sit down with at least two of them to discuss your options. Most bathroom remodeling companies will offer free quotes online, but these are just estimates. You cannot base your final decision on these quotes alone, especially if they seem too good to be true.
The best way to choose a contractor is to visit the showroom and see what they have to offer. Ask for and expect to receive proof that they have the experience to complete the project as described. You should expect them to walk you through your choices and discuss the details of your project in concrete terms, and not just give vague assurances of “leave it all to them.” Most importantly, choose a contractor with whom you feel comfortable working that gets as close to your budget as possible. You can probably find no one better than Granite ASAP in the state of Virginia, particularly the cities of Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, Fairfax, Chantilly, Herndon, Centreville, Tysons, and Washington DC.
Granite ASAP prides itself in delivering the best possible products and services. We strive to help clients create their dream bathroom or kitchen, keeping their budget and time in mind at all times. For those who need assistance in designing the perfect room, we offer free design and consultation services to allow clients to visualize their countertops, cabinets, floor tile, and backsplash before doing any work.
We carry a wide range of products for your bathroom renovation needs, including natural stone slabs as well as the best engineered stone brands in the country for your vanity top and tiles. Over 100 colors of granite and marble slabs are available for inspection at our Chantilly, Virginia showroom. If you prefer engineered stone, we can offer you products from the Cambria, Caesarstone, Silestone, and MSI brands, each one carrying the manufacturer’s warranty. You can choose what you want and we will deliver it ASAP!
Feel free to ask any questions over the phone, or get in touch using our contact form. We offer free estimates and quotes for any of your bathroom remodeling needs.