You’re taking the plunge, so to speak, and are finally going to remodel your bathroom. Congratulations! Of course, there are many bathroom remodeling mistakes to avoid so it’s important to listen to your remodeler.

You’ve made the decision to upgrade your home, now the real work begins. Unless you can increase the size of the room, you’re going to be limited on the amount of space you have to work with so it’s important to maximize the space you have while still creating the bathroom of your dreams.

Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

Budget – As a rule of thumb expect to go over budget by as much as 15%. Most of the additional costs come from the unforseen such as having to treat mold or wiring issues, while others are due to change orders midway through the project. There’s nothing you can do about the unforseen (and that’s why it’s a good idea to build in some wiggle room on your budget), but you can do a lot about change orders midway through the project. Don’t make any if you can help it and that will go a long way to keep you within budget.

Size is Everything – If you have a large area to work with you can go wild and install a tub and shower along with a double vanity and even a bidet. If you have a smaller space, much more common in the average size home, you’ll need to make some choices. Use fixtures and furnishings that fit the room. There’s nothing worse than having to maneuver your way into the shower in a tight bathroom. If space is limited consider removing the tub for a no threshold walk-in shower. Not only does it take up less space, but it’s great for aging in place.

Storage – Again, if you have a large room to work with this is less of a concern than in a smaller area. Storage is important in any size bathroom, no one ever said they wished they’d had less storage space. Use the space above the toilet and sink as well as doors and windows to add additional storage.

Use the Proper Materials – Talk to your remodeler to be sure he’s using the best possible products for the space. Bathrooms are wet and humid, a perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew so be sure to use the proper flooring and wall cover for the space.

Not Enough Lighting – And overhead light, shower light and above the sink lighting is the minimum you should be aiming for. If budget and space allows sconce lighting and vanity lighting, all controlled by separate switches is ideal. Adequate lighting can prevents falls and prevent your guests from walking around with spinach in their teeth.

Ventilation – Without proper ventilation your bathroom is a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Install a good, quiet fan to remove both moisture and odors.