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Have you noticed your bathroom isn’t functional? Or is it designed in a manner that doesn’t “work” for you? Are you just tired of how it looks cosmetically? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then there’s a good chance it’s time for a bathroom upgrade. However, if you aren’t convinced, consider these signs that your bathroom is old, outdated and needs a facelift.
Difficult and Inconvenient
Is there a bathtub in the bathroom that you never use? Or, does your bathroom feel small and cramped?
If so, it may be time to consider a tub-to-shower conversion. This is a great way to save space and make the bathroom more functional. However, if you opt to take this route, hire the professionals, or you may find you have to call your emergency plumber in the middle of the project.
If you have an opposite issue, where a walk-in shower isn’t going to work, then you can put a bathtub/shower combination in its place.
Outdated and Ugly
Do you remember a time when pink bathtubs and blue toilets were “all the rage?”
My grandparent’s house had TWO bathrooms like this. Yikes!
It wasn’t too long ago, but styles have definitely changed. If you still have one of these colored pieces in your bathroom, then it may be time to make a change.
By replacing a brightly colored fixture, you can not only improve but also modernize your space. Not to mention, this will help increase your resale value significantly.
Sounds, Leaks, and Climbing Water Bills
Have you noticed that your water bill is higher than usual? Up to 10 percent of all homes have leaks that waste up to 90 gallons of water (or more) each day. If you invest in fixing these easy-to-correct leaks, it can help you save up to 10 percent on your water costs.
It’s also a good idea to keep an eye, as well as an ear, out for any weird sounds, leaks or drips. When you catch these right away, it can help you save your wallet, as well as your sanity!
The Presence of Mildew and Mold
In some situations, mold and mildew issues can arise from smaller problems, such as drips, leaks, and even issues with ventilation. However, if you still have a serious mildew or mold problem after you have fixed the small stuff, then there’s a good chance there is a bigger underlying issue present.
Not all leaks are easy to find or see. You need to take time to look for signs of mildew or mold around the edges or corners of your tub or your shower. If you notice it, you may need to update your shower or tub.
Staining, Peeling or Cracking
Another sign your bathroom is screaming to be upgraded are cracked tiles, peeling caulk or paint, and a stained tub. While these may seem like minor issues, to begin with, they can lead to more severe and costly repairs in the long run.
If you ignore these problems, then they may lead to buildup, corrosion, and in the long-run, even structural damage. All this can be avoided by being aware of the problems and taking action to correct them.
As you can see, there are several indications that it is time for a bathroom upgrade. If this is a project you want to take on, be sure to call on the professionals for help. They can help ensure you get the desired results for your bathroom, regardless of size or the current issues that may be present.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.