One of the most essential rooms in any home, regardless of size or style, is the bathroom. Having a bathroom with well-functioning fixtures is a must. It’s easy to live with a toilet where you have to jiggle the handle to make it stop running. Or if you have a faucet with a slow drip; it’s not the end of the world. But you can only deal with these kinds of problems for so long. If you’re experiencing these kinds of problems, it could be time for a bathroom update.

If it’s time to update your bathroom, don’t panic. It doesn’t have to break the bank, and you can actually do many repairs and updates yourself. Let’s talk about some reasons you may want to tackle a bathroom update.

Leaky pipes

Have you noticed water spots on walls or ceiling? Are you seeing standing water in areas of you bathroom? It’s likely you have some kind of plumbing issue. A pipe could have busted during the great freeze a few months ago. If it was a small breakage, it may have taken a while to become noticeable.

If you suddenly have large areas of water coming from pipes, you first need to address the leaks and get them fixed. It’s possible you’ll need to call in a water damage restoration company if there is already visible damage. They can take care of the damage quickly and efficiently. Check with your homeowner’s insurance company to see if you need to make a claim to pay for damages.

Unpleasant odors

If you’re experience unusual and unpleasant odors when you enter your bathroom, you may have moisture issues. You should have a well-ventilated bathroom that removes steam from showering and baths. Mold and mildew can result if you don’t have a way for the steam to escape. Check the corners of your bathroom, examine walls, and check around your tub and toilet for signs of mold and mildew. Bleach it if found to remove all traces. Then install a bathroom fan to remove the moisture so you don’t have a repeat performance.

Outdated style

Having retro or vintage décor style is more and more popular these days. But, if your bathroom is just plain outdated and tired, it could be time for a makeover. Many remodels can be done by the homeowner. There are places to purchase pretty vanities that already have a marble top and sinks so it just has to be placed in the bathroom space and plumbed. 

Changing out faucets and light fixtures can also be done by the homeowner. Simply changing the light fixtures, faucets, and painting the cabinets can completely transform your bathroom. This, in turn, increases the value of your home and will give you a feeling of newness and freshness that is good for your soul.

The shower is lacking

Speaking of outdated faucets. The showerhead is something you usually only think about when you’re about to take your morning shower. When you’ve decided you’re tired of a shower spray that is either so strong it’s like being sandblasted, or so weak you barely get wet, it’s time to change it. There are fantastic shower faucets on the market that include multiple shower heads, massaging features, and some give you the sensation of being in a rain storm.

If you’re leery about trying to change the showerhead yourself, check out videos online for instructions on how easy it is. Don’t sell yourself short. This is a project you can take on.

Lack of storage

Having a place to store you bathroom cleaning products and other toiletries is something you just can’t do without. It can be a major frustration to not have any usable storage space. If your bathroom is small and without space to store away the things you don’t want cluttering things up, you’ll need to get creative. 

The best place to add storage is usually over the toilet. That is generally a blank wall. You can adding shelving like industrial pipe and board shelves. Once you get shelves installed, add woven baskets that can hold things like cleaning supplies, extra shampoos and soaps and other items you’d like stored and not seen. Towels and washcloths can be added on another shelf.

Be practical

Construction costs are starting to skyrocket but taking care of your homes must still be done. Finding ways to make necessary changes and updates to our homes in an economical way has never been more necessary. Don’t allow your bathroom to continue to deteriorate because you’re afraid renovation will be too expensive. Do what you can to refurbish what you have and purchase what you must. Just because it’s time for a bathroom update doesn’t mean you need to get buried in debt. Chin up! You can make your outdate bathroom a functional and beautiful space if you’re willing to do the work yourself.

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