If you have an older home, it can be a challenge to modernize your interior – especially when it comes to bathroom remodeling.
Floor plans may feel cramped, older fixtures can be outdated and worn, and the structure of your home may no longer meet building and safety standards. These issues can drive up the costs of your bathroom remodel, so it’s important to explore those expenses and plan accordingly.
Plumbing replacement and rerouting
If you are looking to upgrade your bathroom, it is quite possible that your home’s plumbing will need upgrading too. Your plumbing expert can help you determine what will need to be done to accommodate your remodeling plans.
If you are looking into changing the layout of your bathroom, it is important to remember that you may need to reroute plumbing, which can easily grow to be expensive. Talk to your plumber and get an estimate for the work to be done.
Another issue that tends to plague older homes is that of environmental hazards. Lead and asbestos were both used extensively throughout the last century in home construction, and your home may have lingering traces, even if there have been upgrades done.
Hazards such as mold also can require extensive clean up from trained professionals. It can be expensive, but hiring a cleaning company to clear mold, lead, and asbestos will protect your family from exposure.
City permits and building fees
Building codes are in place to ensure that all new buildings, expansions, and remodels are up to modern safety standards. Bringing an older home “up to code” can be an expensive and time-consuming process.
Your city or county may require building permits, fees, and inspections before you’re legally allowed to update your home. Research what steps you will need to take to ensure that your home’s upgrades are up to the legal standard.
It can be easy to underestimate the amount of new materials you will need to remodel your bathroom. The obvious aspects, such as new fixtures, tile, decorative finishes, and other materials are easy to figure into your budget. If your home is older, you may discover that structural upgrades are needed.
This can especially be an issue if you are trying to bring your home up to modern building code standards. Don’t forget to leave a little extra room in your budget for these upgrades.
At The Twin Home Experts, we can help you upgrade your home’s bathroom with high-quality materials and craftsmanship that will last your family for years. Our team of Van Nuys plumbing experts is proud to provide the Los Angeles area with exceptional plumbing and mold removal services for affordable prices. We also are available day and night to help with your plumbing emergencies.
Schedule a service today! Contact our office at (818) 927-6309.
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