We recently wrote about common kitchen remodeling myths, unpacking the top 6 misconceptions that people tend to have surrounding redesigning and renovating their kitchens. In that same vein, we wanted to discuss 5 of the most important bathroom remodeling myths. From “too costly” to “too complicated,” there are many excuses for why remodeling a bathroom may feel inaccessible. We’re here to break down those barriers and show why bathroom remodels can work for anyone.

Myth #1: Bathroom Remodels Are Expensive

Bathroom remodels can be expensive endeavors, but they don’t have to be out of reach. The cost of a bathroom remodel depends on the scope of the project. Small-scale bathroom remodels can include anything from new grout, a fresh coat of paint or updated caulking around the sink/tub/toilet. These types of updates can easily be completed by homeowners, and often over the course of a single weekend for $200 or less. Things get a bit more costly, however, when it comes to replacing fixtures and appliances.

The best advice we can give if you are concerned about the cost of a bathroom renovation is to come up with a strategic plan. Make a list of what you can do yourself and what must be completed by professionals. Then consider how drastic a change you want, the reasons you want this change, and how long you plan to live in this home. Identifying these elements will help you determine what you can afford with your bathroom remodel.

Myth #2: Bathroom Remodels Add No Value to a Home

A big question to ask when remodeling a bathroom is what value it will add to the overall home. Many worry that because a bathroom is just one isolated room, it will not add significant value, and therefore is not an important space to update. While homeowners may not recoup the entire cost of a large-scale bathroom remodel immediately, it is certainly unlikely that you’ll end up losing money in the long term. Bathroom remodels can be thought of as preventative measures, especially in the face of selling a home. Bathrooms that have not been recently updated will almost always diminish a home’s value and can majorly hinder the sale of a home.

When prospective buyers view a bathroom, they not only look for fresh colors and fixtures; they’ll also be considering how much money they may need to spend updating the home. By taking action ahead of time and remodeling a bathroom before you put your house on the market, you’ll be giving prospective buyers one less thing to worry about.

Myth #3: Remodeling a Bathroom Requires Making it Larger

It is a longstanding misconception that remodeling a bathroom requires blowing out structural walls and making fundamental changes to your entire home. While this is a fine change if it’s within your plan, bathroom remodels do not have to result in actual spatial changes. There are many ways to reconfigure your bathroom in order to not only make it appear larger, but also to make it lighter and brighter. Strategically organizing counterspace and sinks can be a simple way to open up any vanity. Considering vessel bowl sinks instead of undermount sinks allows for additional storage space with cabinetry. In addition, clear glass sliding shower doors can optimize the space you have and open up the entire room from a visual and logistical standpoint.

Myth #4: The Only Reason to Remodel A Bathroom is For the Visuals

The idea that a bathroom remodel is simply for aesthetics is simply untrue. While updating any bathroom will likely bring an element of luxury in your space, there are plenty of additional reasons to consider an upgrade.

Hairline fractures in the bathtub, sink, or toilet, for example, are clear reasons to replace these fixtures, as they will prevent costly leaks and damage down the road. Updating plumbing and lighting can also be essential elements that can save money on both water bills and electricity costs.

Myth #5: You Can’t Save Money From Remodeling Your Bathroom

Going off of a previous point, remodeling your bathroom can have a major impact on the utility bills in you home. Replacing re-existing fixtures with eco-friendly, water-saving options are almost certain ways to save money on both electric as well as water bills. Energy efficient light fixtures, low flow toilets and showers, and CEC (Title 20) Compliant bathroom faucets are simple yet effective ways to consider both your finances as well as the environment. On a related note, one small leak from a toilet, faucet, shower, or tub can waste gallons of water, leading to increased costs and environmental waste.