Maybe your bathroom needs a little sprucing up. Perhaps you can’t understand why the previous owners chose lime green for the walls or button-shaped handles for the drawers. Maybe you’ve always hated your bathroom and can finally tear the whole thing apart and start from scratch. Whatever your reasons for remodeling your bathroom, there are a lot of aspects to consider before you begin the project.

Home remodeling can be fun and exciting. You can end up with a finished product you love and get a little emotional boost each time you walk into your fresh new room. It can also be a series of brutal headaches. Things can go wrong, you can be unprepared in many different ways, and you can end up with something that does not have the effect you were hoping for. One of the best ways to ensure that you avoid a negative bathroom remodel is to understand what you’re getting yourself into. The following will break down everything you need to keep in mind before you begin remodeling your bathroom.

Your Budget

When it comes to any home repair project you need to be honest and upfront with yourself about how much you can afford to spend and how much what you want is actually going to cost. If you overspend, every time you use the bathroom for the next five years, it’s going to get on your nerves. There will be a constant reminder of the debt you’ve taken on. Don’t use the: “it will improve the value of the house so I’ll get the money back” argument without doing your research. The pricing of a home can be influenced by many different factors and as things become used over time, you might be surprised to find you’re not getting back as much as you first assumed you would.

It is also important to note that while contractors and plumbers are fairly good at providing accurate quotes, there are things that cannot be anticipated that could drastically alter the cost of your remodel. Almost every home remodeling project has a few surprises to throw at you, so as a general rule, you can assume that whatever you think it’s going to cost at the outset, you need to add at least 30% more to the price.

Your Bathroom With Be Out Of Service

More than likely you will not be able to use your bathroom while the remodel is going on. Experts at emphasize that this can be more difficult than homeowners first expect. Make sure that you have a plan in place for all your bathroom needs before the remodeling begins. Pay attention to what your daily routine and your family’s habits require and find alternatives. Even if you have another bathroom in your home, the scheduling of use might prove to be annoying if everyone doesn’t talk about it before the renovations begin.

The Time It’s Going To Take

Home remodeling can often take more time than homeowners expect. Each step of the process requires a certain amount of time. As with the budget point above, it is important to remember that every home has its quirks. As the remodel begins you might discover some water damage that needs to be addressed before the project can continue or some old-school parts that need to be ordered from a random countryside town because the size you need isn’t made anymore. If you mentally prepare yourself for this aspect of a remodel, you can be sure that your headaches will be minimized. A good rule of thumb is to take whatever length of time you were told you’d need and add 30%. This means that a 3-day project will almost always take four days.

It’s Going To Be Loud And Dirty

Remodeling is harder for those who work from home, homeschool their children, or need quiet or clean in order to function. To prepare for this, make some plans with friends or family members. Explain that you might need room to hide out for a few hours in silence every so often. Most people will be very understanding. You can also scope out local coffee shops or libraries if you don’t have this kind of option available to you. Plan a nature walk for the family or a beach day every few days within your renovation in order to help everyone manage their sanity.

What Is Trendy?

When making remodeling decisions, it is always wise to take some time to research what things you like are hyper trendy and which will have staying power. Maybe you are someone who plans to remodel every five years, but most of us are planning to keep our remodeled room for a while. If you make choices that are too on-trend, you can bet that everyone, yourself included, is going to be fed up with the colors and designs you’ve chosen far before they are replaced in your home. Magazines as well as Pinterest and online publications can be used to help you determine what is incredibly stylish right now. Contractors can also be incredibly helpful regarding this point, as they can tell you what sort of remodeling they’ve been doing recently.

Read Up On Environmental Psychology

The studies have been conducted, the design and layout of your space influences how you think and feel when you’re in the space. Different colors affect your mood and anxiety levels. Certain patterns make people feel powerful, while other patterns leave them feeling stressed. Take a little bit of time to research the impact your remodeling choices are going to have on your mental and emotional well-being. Just because you like something, doesn’t mean you should cocoon yourself in it. There might be an adverse effect you hadn’t thought of.

With the above tips kept in mind, you are well on your way to remodeling your bathroom with minimal stress. As with any home repair project, it is important to seek out the guidance of a professional if you do not feel confident with particular tasks. Remodeling can be dangerous, and it can damage your home if you’re not careful.