Bathroom Remodeling 101

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A new bathroom remodel should be fashionable, comfortable and practical in use.  One of the big differences with a bathroom remodel is the amount is the amount of moisture that the bathroom fixtures, accessories, furniture and walls must absorb.  It is essential that a bathroom is built with durable materials that are intended to withstand the humidity of a bathroom.  Look for a design that won’t shortly be outdated and will compliment your home.

Start your plan by thinking about your new bathroom.

Start off by really thinking about who will use the bathroom and how they will use it.  Is it for guests or for you and your family?  Will more than one person be using the bathroom at the same time?  Will you want to use the bathroom to get ready in the morning?  if so what should it include?  If the bathroom is going to be used for kids think about how their use will change as they get older – n how they will get bigger.   Let the use of the bathroom help you decide how you will proceed and what to prioritize.  After you have a good idea of the uses for the bathroom, you will have to compare them with the limitation s of the cost of the bathroom remodel and the space that you have available for your new bathroom. Taking a few moments to answer these questions before you start will help you get the bathroom that you really need and want.

A good tip for getting started is to put your ideas down on paper first. Once you’ve designed your ideal bathroom, set yourself up with a budget. Make sure to include costs for contractors, electricians and plumbers.  If you know the basic cost of things, you can be sure to not get taken advantage of when the time comes for estimates and once the work begins.  The next step is to get some information from the experts.  Start with online resources like this article then request a free home improvement design and estimate from a local home improvement pro.

Picking bathroom remodel building materials

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A great variety of finishing materials – tiles, fluid glass, marble, wood, terracotta for example offer you a dizzying variety of designing possibilities.  However your choose to design your bathroom if should compliment the overall design of the home.  A country style bathroom in a contemporary home may not mix so well.  Your new bathroom’s color palate can go a long way to achieve your design objectives.  You can make your bathroom appear wider by painting walls on the opposite side of  light colors with a hue of grey.  You can also do this for ceilings.  You can also use border laid in certain directions to create a similar effect against bright colored tiles and contrasting colors.  For smaller bathrooms, you can use light, unsaturated colors to add openness.  Bathroom walls decoration of different colors will visually diminish a big bathroom space, making it more cozy.  Beige, pink, copper and mahogany tints can create a relaxing bathroom. Brighter colors and hues tend to energize the space if you mainly use the bathroom in the morning.

Getting your bathroom fixtures

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Before purchasing a new faucet, toilet, vanity, shower, tub etc.  Look up pictures and if possible try them out.  You will be spending years using these fixtures.  It is best to test them first and make sure that they will suit your real bathroom needs.  There is not use putting in a spa tub if you really are not going to use it, and is there anything worse then an uncomfortable toilet?

Whatever the size of your particular bathroom undertaking might be, keep in mind that there’s probably going to be some degree of a mess and stress. But try to stay focused on the result because it end up being so rewarding and something that you will enjoy for a long time to come.

 

 


Getting online bathroom referrals

To get quality online bathroom remodel referrals you need a responsive, high converting website and a program to drive customers to your site.

Responsive, high converting website.

By clean, high converting website we mean a website that looks good and focuses on converting web visitors into leads.  A lead is a combination of a consumer’s contact information along with a desire by the consumer for you to contact them to provide them with additional information about their project.  Typically this is a design and/or estimate.  For the last 10 years we have worked with thousands of home improvement contractors and refined the “clean, high converting website.

What is a responsive website?

In today’s web world a website must be “responsive” to the size and usability of the device that the consumer is using.  This could be a traditional computer, tablet (like an Ipad) or more likely a smart phone.  Well over 50% of web searches are now conducted on a mobile device.  If your website does not work on a phone, it does not work. Responsive means that the website will properly re size the site to match the size of the screen that the customer is using.  Websites that are not responsive have a significantly higher bounce rate (people leaving right away) than sites that look clean on whatever device the consumer is using. To see a responsive website in action visit our bathroom remodel page and resize your browser.  You will notice that the language and the zip code box box resize to fit into the browser window.

 What is a high converting website?

If you are trying to get leads from your website you want your website to be high converting.  High converting means that the most visitors as possible become leads.  Creating a high converting website takes lots of testing.  Over the last 10 years and on, we test our website to make sure that they are high converting.  Here are our top ten tips to make sure that your website is high converting.

(1) Make sure that you offer an exchange for the consumer to give you their information like a free design or estimate.

(2) Ask as few questions as possible.

(3) Make sure that your site is clean and uncluttered.

(4) Make sure that your website works in all browser types.

(5) Make sure that your website works on mobile.

(6) Double and triple check your spelling and grammar.

(7) Do not offer to many “escape hatches”, i.e. links that take the consumer too far away from providing you with their contact information.

(8) Links that are not part of your lead form should open in a new browser window.

(9) Make sure that you can A/B test your website so that you will know what works and what does not work.

(10) Drive quality traffic to your website, a lead is only as good as the consumers that visit your site.

We are giving away versions of our clean, high converting website.  You can upload it to your own hosting location or use our hosting and lead management tool.