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Know This Before Your Bathroom RemodelA bathroom renovation is one of the best home improvement projects to undertake because it adds value to the home, as well as improves the experience you have while living in the space.

However, if you're aiming to do more than replace the fixtures and put down a few new bathmats, you'll want to remember these essential tips when talking about your next bathroom remodel project.

Simplifying Maintenance and Cleaning

Very few people like to clean the bathroom, and having to complete maintenance on worn tiles, broken faucets, and other routine issues isn't usually one of the best ways you can spend your afternoon.

Fortunately, your choice of materials for your remodeling project will have a significant impact on how much you need to clean your bathroom after the renovations are complete and how much you might need to pay to replace things over time.

The pros at This Old House suggest forgoing natural stone tiles and thinking about porcelain or glazed tiles to reduce the time you'll need to spend cleaning the floor.

"If you want an easy-care floor: Go for porcelain or glazed tiles, and avoid porous natural stone tiles like limestone. Unless sealed vigilantly, they'll absorb drips and spills and become stained over time."

In addition, you may want to choose tiles with a matte finish to reduce the chance that someone may slip and fall. If you're looking at installing a few "aging in place" features in your new bathroom, a nonslip floor is essential.

Saving Money on Remodeling

Stretch your remodeling budget by making smart choices on the most extensive renovations for your bathroom. If you can avoid it, don't move the plumbing because that work tends to significantly increase your overall budget.

The DIY Network reveals:

"On the surface, switching your sink and toilet around may look easy enough, but the problem lies underneath and all the costs involved in moving that plumbing. Besides, if you spend less money on moving fixtures, you’ll have more to spend on that new sleek shower system or vanity you’ve been eyeing."

Obviously, some renovations require that plumbing and pipes move; however, your contractor should have some ideas for avoiding this requirement if you're looking for a few ways to keep your budget from skyrocketing.

Little Features are Important

Many of your design decisions for your new bathroom will involve the type of tiles you choose and the look of the vanity, fixtures, toilet, and bathtub. However, when you're redoing the entire space, there are a few little essentials that may make or break your enjoyment of your new bathroom.

For example, don't forget to design tasteful yet useful in-shower storage. Popular Mechanics explains how to do shower storage right:

"You'll want in-shower storage for your shampoo, soap, razor, and body wash. But hey, you're not in college anymore. Don't settle for cheap plastic units that hang from the showerhead or attach to rods that run from your tub to the ceiling; they look ugly and can ruin your attractive new design."

Think About the Future

Your bathroom will offer a pleasant escape each morning while you get ready for work, and you'll love your new space as long as you own your home. However, don't stop with your own opinions on what will make a great bathroom.

Consider thinking about what a buyer might want in their bathroom, particularly if you intend to upgrade your accommodations or move within the next five years.

Realize that a buyer might be put off by extreme decorative styles in a bathroom or a design where style fails to accommodate function. For example, that bathroom vanity that stands on metal stilts might look awesome in a magazine, but did you eliminate valuable storage by going for that alternative design?

Better Homes & Gardens suggests:

"Design with resale in mind if you're planning to stay in your home five years or fewer…And if you're planning to stay more than seven years, design your room for yourself, because the look will be considered dated by the time you put the home on the market."

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