Bathroom Remodel ROIThe real trick about a bath remodel isn’t the actual work. It’s whether the refresh is worth the investment. After all, a renovation that doesn’t bring a decent return on investment is wasted time, effort, and money. So, be sure it’s going to fetch at least a moderate ROI.
“Gutting” a room is the process of tearing out all finished materials — walls, flooring and ceiling — with the intent of completely rebuilding the room. Gutting a bathroom requires some skill beyond demolishing the walls and floors. Electrical wiring and plumbing supply and drain vents lurk inside the bathroom walls, and large fixtures such as bathtubs, shower stalls and sink vanities must be removed with care. Some municipalities require homeowners to obtain a building permit before gutting the bathroom. Before you begin, contact your local building codes department to determine the current regulations for renovating your bathroom. —San Francisco GateNow, it’s important to note the ROI is dependant on a few factors. One is age, another is size, and geographic location. On average, a bath remodel will return about 64 percent. But, this depends on where your home is located, whether it’s a minor or major makeover, and what materials are used.
Bathroom Gutting Tips You can UseIf you feel confident the project is worthwhile, you’ll need to tear out the space to begin the process. Now, here’s where the labor really becomes intense. Sure, design is a big concern, but getting through the actual teardown is tough. So, here are some helpful bathroom gutting tips you can use:
- Turn off and disconnect the water supply. Start by turning off the water supply and then disconnect the supply line(s). Depending on how the bathroom is configured, there are probably a few supply lines coming into the space.
- Turn off and disconnect the electricity. Next, secure the power to the room at the main breaker panel. Be sure to test that every switch and receptacle is off before you go any further so you don’t get an unpleasant shock.
- Remove the toilet. After the water supply is off and disconnected from the toilet, flush it to drain the tank. Then, disassemble the toilet to remove it from the room. (You’ll need to unfasten the floor bolts to lift it up and out.)
- Remove hung decor. If there is any hanging decor, including mirrors and more, take it all off the walls. You’ll need to cover the tub and/or floor, if you aren’t replacing these.
- Take out the vanity. Last, empty and remove the vanity. You’ll need to pry and pull the sink out of the top, after you’ve drained the lines and disconnected them.