Here are 7 can’t ignore signs that your due for a bathroom renovation project.
Welcome to March.
Winter’s almost over and spring is almost here (the first day of spring is Tuesday, March 20th, by the way).
Now, on one hand:
- You might think your bathroom is okay; at least in decent enough shape to last one more year.
On the other hand:
- You’re beginning to wonder if it’s time to transform your bathroom.
With that in mind, here are 7 telltale signs you can’t ignore that you’re due (maybe even overdue) for a bathroom transformation project.
Sign 1: Small imperfections are becoming big problems
There are 4 minor bathroom issues many people come to Bath Planet of Toronto unhappy with:
- Impossible to remove stains
- Growing cracks in the tiles
- Peeling paint
- Missing or peeling grout
If those little flaws are getting bigger and bigger, they are either symptoms of – or could lead to – a larger (and possibly expensive) concern:
- Mold and mildew growth
- Corroding or rusting beneath your bath wall or shower wall
- Structural damages
If a small blemish is now a big eyesore, that’s a warning sign your bathroom needs to be updated.
Sign 2: You think it’s ugly
Is your bathroom décor the same as when you first moved into your current home?
Now, the bathroom is supposed to be a place of tranquil relaxation, and calming peace.
But if your blood boils each time you enter because you hate the colour of the shower wall or don’t like where the towel rack is located, it’s time for a change.
Here’s one more thing to consider:
- If you’re planning to sell your home this year, and you think the bathroom is ugly; prospective home buyers will come to the same conclusion.
Bottom line? If your bathroom is ugly, it’s time to change it.
Sign 3: It isn’t accessible
For seniors with mobility issues, the bathroom can be quite a treacherous place with things like:
- Slips and falls due to water
- Injuries stepping over, and into, a high-walled bathtub
- Lack of stable, secure grab bars
If you’re getting older, but want to stay in your current house, installing bathroom accessibility products ensures you’re safe and maintain bathing independence.
- Transforming a hard-to-use bathtub into a convenient shower
- Making your current bathtub walk-in friendly
- Installing a combination bath and shower step-through insert
Have you (or your spouse) had a “close call” in the bathroom?
Yes? Then perhaps now’s the time to make it safer.
Sign 4: It’s tax time
What do taxes have to do with a bathroom renovation?
As mentioned in sign 3 of this blog, you may want to transform your bathroom due to accessibility and mobility issues.
Should you do, you may be eligible for the Home Accessibility Tax Credit.
Here’s a quick rundown of how it works:
- Renovations that make homes safer for seniors (65 years or older) and the disabled (those with a valid disability tax certificate) may quality for the credit
- Up to $10,000 in renovation expenses may be claimed
- Allowable expenses include grab bars, walk-in tubs, and wheelchair accessibility
In rare instances, you might be able to claim the Home Accessibility Tax Credit twice if the renovations also quality as medical expenses.
Sign 5: You hate cleaning it
Okay; most people hate cleaning the bathroom.
But if you really really hate it, then it’s time for an upgrade.
The biggest problem with cleaning the bathroom is getting dirt, grime, and gunk off challenging surfaces such as:
However, changing the main material in your bathroom to something more hygienic (like acrylic) can drastically reduce the amount of time and effort you spend cleaning it.
Sign 6: The toilet just doesn’t cut it anymore
As tough as your toilet is, here’s when you know it’s time to replace it:
- It’s always clogging up (yuck)
- It has a giant crack in it
- There are scratches and chips everywhere
- It’s wobbly when you sit on it
- It doesn’t fit with your new bathroom design ideas
Sign 7: Higher water bills
If your bathroom is old – and you’ve noticed your monthly water bills going higher and higher – the two may be connected.
- A high-flow toilet which uses 6 litres per flush (low-flow toilets use 4.8 litres)
- Leaky faucets which, no matter how hard you try, you just can’t fix
- An old shower head that doesn’t have variable water settings
According to a study by Global News, 65% of daily water usage occurs in the bathroom (30% for the toilet, 35% for bathing and showering).
In other words, the bathroom is your single biggest source for water consumption.
And if it’s not efficient or eco-friendly, it’s going to cost you more money in the long run.
Notice any of these signs in your bathroom? Contact Bath Planet of Toronto
Does your bathroom exhibit any of these 7 signs?
Have other reasons you want to transform your bathroom?
Whatever the case may be, you can start by booking a FREE in-home consultation with our design expert.
You pick the date. You set the time. And we’ll be there with product and décor samples to answer all your questions in a one-on-one setting.
Or you could also:
- Contact us if you live in Toronto, Oakville, or Kitchener
- Download a $500 voucher towards your next Bath Planet Toronto project
- See what happens at the FREE in-home consultation