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It May Be Time To Remodel Your Bathroom With a Facelift

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Your bathroom should be your sanctuary. A place of comfort, quiet and relaxation. It’s one room in your house you’ll visit multiple times a day, and likely the first room you see when you wake up and the last room you visit before crawling into bed. Because bathrooms are used so frequently, they can also require more maintenance than other rooms in your home.

If you feel like your bathroom is no longer – or has never been – a pleasant place to spend your time, or the environment is not one of relaxation and comfort, it may be time to consider a remodel.

But whether you’re talking about simple repairs or all-around replacements, doing any work or remodeling in your bathroom comes with a price tag. The good news is that bathroom renovations rank high in terms of ROI (return on investment). Spending some money to upgrade your bathroom can improve functionality and help turn your home into your dream home. It can also increase marketability of your home if you decide to sell.

Here are five sure signs it’s time to redesign your bathroom to improve aesthetics and function:

Leaky faucets or toilets. Any water leaking in your bathroom is a bad deal and could lead to mildew or mold that is unpleasant to see and smell and could be making you sick. If you’ve had a leaking shower head, toilet or faucet for some time, be sure to check under cabinets, behind the wall and under flooring for any potential mold problems. Replace water fixtures to conserve water, eliminate any potential problems and update your style.

Antiquated fixtures and finishes. If your bathroom has wallpaper, popcorn ceilings or outdated colors on the wall, it’s time for a refresh. If the tiles on the floor or walls are old or chipped or grimy, it may be time for an overhaul. Consider a nicer bathtub or shower setup to make your bathroom more relaxing and a modern toilet for enhanced comfort and appeal. When it comes to colors, opt for a palette of whites, grays and blacks for a clean look that adds timeless, modern beauty to any space.

Poor layout. If you’re stumbling over your significant other in the mornings or your toilet is situated right next to the shower, redesigning the layout of your bathroom could improve flow and aesthetics. Consider adding a separate water closet to add a touch of privacy and keep your bathroom looking beautiful.

Bad lighting. Does your makeup look entirely different outdoors as it does when you apply it in your bathroom? Are you blinded by overhead lights or do you struggle to see under a dimly-lit vanity light? Do you have to sit in the car to pluck your eyebrows? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time for better bulbs and updated light fixtures.

Lack of storage. No matter how beautiful the fixtures or classic the color scheme, you’ll never feel that sense of comfort in your bathroom if your vanity counter remains cluttered and there’s no good place to store towels and toiletries. A bathroom renovation means the opportunity to add a linen closet, shelves above the toilet or a larger vanity with under-counter storage.

Just how much will a bathroom renovation project cost? According to HomeAdvisor, the national average for a bathroom remodel is $9,631, but prices can range anywhere from a few thousand on the low end to close to $25,000 on the high end. No matter how much you enjoy a DIY project, it’s a wise idea to stick with the professionals on your bathroom renovation.

If your bathroom needs a little TLC, but you’re worried about the cost, PrimeLending offers financing options to help turn your home into your dream home. A renovation or remodeling loan from PrimeLending allows you to roll the costs of repairs and/or upgrades into refinancing your current mortgage, or into the mortgage for a home you’re considering purchasing. The loan covers the purchase or refinance amount, plus renovation costs with just one application, one closing and one monthly payment. To learn more about our renovation and remodeling loans, contact a PrimeLending home loan expert near you.

All loans subject to credit approval. Rates and fees subject to change. Mortgage financing provided by PrimeLending, a PlainsCapital Company an Equal Housing Lender. ©2018 PrimeLending, a PlainsCapital Company. (NMLS: 13649).

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