If you think your bathroom could use a boost, you’ve got company. Bathrooms are among the rooms most likely to be renovated in a home, according to the Home Improvement Research Institute. Homeowners spend about $4,900 on home makeovers during the first year they own their homes, while about 60 percent feel their bathrooms are “inadequate.”

It can be easy and inexpensive to update your bathroom.

It can be easy and inexpensive to update your bathroom.

The good news is that there are ways to make over your bathroom without spending a lot of money on remodeling costs and without replacing old fixtures. Did you also know that a remodeled bathroom will not only look great, but it could save you money as well by choosing appliances and fixtures that reduce energy and water usage? Try these tips:

Clean Start

You may be able to save yourself the cost of replacing worn-looking toilets, bathtubs or sinks with a good cleaning. Built-up soap scum, hard-water stains, rust, calcium and lime can dull the look of a bathroom and make it seem older than it actually is.

Try using a powerful cleaner designed for tough bathroom stains, such as Kaboom Ultra Scrub, to give your bathroom surfaces an instant makeover. Ultra Scrub’s thick cream clings to surfaces and its scrubbing granules get deep into textured surfaces to remove grime and stains, without scratching. Stay on top of your bathroom‘s appearance using maintenance products such as Kaboom NeverScrub Continuous Toilet Cleaning System. It allows you to throw away your brush and never scrub your toilet again.

Splash Of Color

Use mildew-resistant, latex paint to add new color to the bathroom. Be sure to use a bin primer over any water stains or spots before starting the job, and pay careful attention to detail-areas, such as woodwork or trim around mirrors.

Home designers often say the bathroom is a good place to experiment with colors. If your home has more muted tones, consider using bright hues in the bathroom to help make the room seem cleaner and brighter.

 

Refinish Your Bathroom

As opposed to an entire makeover, a bathroom refinishing is a faster as much less expensive alternative that produces fantastic results. A professional refinisher can upgrade your old bathtub, shower, tile, sink, and countertop in any color you like and often offer lifetime guarantees.

Accessorize

Finally, add some decoration to the bathroom to make it seem less stark and more comfortable. You may want to hang some family photos on the wall or a framed picture or two. Just be sure not to make the bathroom appear too cluttered. Remember, if you have limited space, home designers say less is more.

Discount laminate flooring is often marked down to a clearance price because of factory overruns or the need to make more space in the warehouse for new lines of flooring. If you are not in a rush to install laminate or hardwood flooring in your home, you can save a lot of money by checking for discount flooring on a regular basis. When you find the flooring at the discount price, you do need to have your measurements and order a bit more than what you need. This is because the discount laminate flooring may only be available for a short period of time.

In some cases, the discount hardwood or laminate flooring may be cheaper because the retailer is going out of business or is no longer selling a specific brand of discount hardwood flooring. If this is the case, you do need to order more than you need, just in case you spoil a few planks during the installation process. If the discount laminate flooring is only for a certain time period and you do run out, you will have to pay the higher price if you have to go back to the store for more.

In some cases the discount prices of laminate and hardwood flooring could be 80% of the regular price. Some people have the idea that the term discount laminate flooring or discount hardwood means a poorer quality flooring, but this is not the case. If you go shopping for laminate flooring because it is cheaper than hardwood, you might just come away with new hardwood flooring for your home because of the discount price.

When you see an ad for discount laminate flooring, you should go and get it right away. However, you do need to know that the retailer is trying to move this stock as quickly as possible, which accounts for the low price of discount hardwood flooring. Therefore, there are no reserves permitted and you have to pay the full amount up front. You will not be able to place a deposit on the laminate or hardwood flooring to keep it until you are ready for it.

Even if you don’t need the discount laminate flooring right away, you can still buy it and store it in a cool dry place. The same thing applies to hardwood flooring. With hardwood flooring, you do have to open the packages and spread out the boards to allow the wood to acclimatize to its surroundings. This is different than with laminate flooring. When you open the packages of discount laminate flooring, you have to be able to install the planks right away.