I want to remodel the bathroom and closet?

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is It more cost effective and resale wise to change the old tub as the drain rusted. T he tile needs to be removed. What material do I use for the walls so does not mold? I would like to retire the walls? How do you measure how much? How do you seal it so easy to clean? I want tile for the floor . What do you seal with and how do you clean? Do you put the toilet in and then tile?

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  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Jun 11, 2018
    I would just replace the drain cover. Don't go crazy with redoing the bathroom if you plan on selling it. And in the future, the toilet goes in after the tile floor and wall. You don't want to have to cut the tile around it, it never looks good. Also, if you have to replace the toilet, there would be problems. When showing your home, open all window coverings and let the sun shine in. Make sure windows are clean. Turn on all lights even on a bright sunny day, the more light, the better. Remove all personal things (pictures, stuff hanging on the refrigerator, etc). Also remove any furniture not needed or any kind of clutter (put it storage if you have to). It will make it look bigger. If the walls are dark, paint them a light color (it makes the rooms look bigger and brighter). Other than some paint, it really isn't necessary to do any updates as the new owners may have different tastes and will probably change it anyhow. Only fix what needs to be fixed. Keep everything clean so you're not running around before a showing. Make the beds when you get up. Be careful burning candles, a scent you like may not smell so good to someone else . The smell of a strong scented candle could also trigger an asthma attack or appear to be covering something up. Flowers could also trigger allergies or asthma. The smell of clean or some freshly baked goods is much more enticing. When your home is being shown, remove all animals and put away their paraphernalia if at all possible. Good luck.
  • You can fix a rusted tub. You can always have it reglazed for a fraction of the cost of removing and replacing. Do you want to remodel? Better ventilation should be number one on the list to help with the mold issue. Is there a window in the bathroom?

    First you need to measure the areas to be tiled. Then choose your tile, then determine how much you need to purchase. Any tile store can help you calculate plus extra for errors. Make sure they buy back any unused boxes with no restocking fee.

    To tile the floor, you remove the toilet, tile the floor, grout, seal, then replace the toilet always with a new wax ring.
  • Jcraw Jcraw on Jun 11, 2018
    i believe you need to go to our Search bar above and type in Bathroom Makeover. There is lots of detailed information and advice. I would do lots of research here, and on Google and Pinterest. Cost out your supplies, time and effort.
    Then Id get estimates from a couple of tradesmen. Contact home advisor.com and thumbtack.com and angieslist.com. I suggest these because the first two vet their tradesmen and you can read reviews from real folk on Angie’s List.

    You can can take notes on their suggestions, compare those and prices, and decide if you will have the time, skill and temperament to do this complete overhaul. And a second bathroom.
    If you decide on DIY, do a lot of homework research. Your questions clearly show you have little or no knowledge base, like most of us.
    So you have to learn first. A great deal of critical plumbing in this room.
    And water always wins.
    Best of luck to you. That rusty drain cover is easily replaceable from any plumbing supply store.
  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Jun 11, 2018
    Hi Kathleen! First off, about the tub.... In many houses the tub is installed prior to all the walls. If it's not necessary to remove the tub, then don't. But if you need to remove it then this needs to be done before anything else is installed.
    Behind tile use backer board.
    Measuring tile, measure each area where you want tile. Get a total square footage for each type of tile. Then when you order tile, the store will make sure you have the right amount +overages.
    Once tile is installed and thinset is dry, you can grout it. The grout will prevent water from getting behind the tile, but it is important to seal it. I use a spray on grout sealer and reapply every few months.
    MOST IMPORTANTLY..... LAY FLOOR TILES BEFORE INSTALLING TILE.
    I think that answers your questions. 🤣