With preschoolers and toddlers still in the home, many families have decided that a bathroom renovation is a must, especially for those who don’t have the time to make their own arrangements.
However, many parents say they’re struggling to get the necessary materials and materials are just not available.
“It’s not a matter of if, but when, I can’t afford a bathroom remodel,” said Katie DeCaro, who lives in New Orleans.
“The cost is going to be prohibitive.
And if you’re trying to get it done right, you don’t want to wait.”
A number of parents are frustrated with the lack of remodeling tools and equipment.
“I’ve never had a problem with my bathroom in my life, and I’ve never felt unsafe in my house,” said DeCaros mom, Marissa.
“I’ve had two bathrooms in my entire life, so I feel safe in my home.
But I’m worried that I won’t have a bathroom in the next few years.”
Katie and Marissa DeCarouos live in New York City.
Their children, ages 3 and 5, have had to make tough decisions, like having a second bathroom in their home.
The DeCaroes have a new, smaller bedroom and are looking for a second bathtub for their boys.
“We are looking to get a bathroom,” Marissa said.
“Our son has had to do this for a number of years, and the last thing we want to do is have to deal with another family’s problems.
I just don’t know how much longer we’re going to have.”
A recent study found that parents in the U.S. spend an average of $1,854 per year for a bathroom.
That’s more than $800 per month, and many parents don’t realize the cost.
“My husband and I spent $2,500 to get all the things we wanted,” said Marissa, who has to pay for the renovations herself.
“We didn’t think it would be that high.”
Some homeowners are trying to find ways to save money by using the same bathroom for different families.
“Some families have a single child, and they can’t have their son have the same room as his daughter,” said Michelle, who works in real estate.
“They’re looking for ways to reduce the cost of a bathroom.”
Michelle DeCarobos with her son, Matthew, and son, Max, at their home in New Jersey.
The DeCarobos also have to contend with the fact that they don’t own a home and the remodeling process is out of their hands.
“If we had to move, we would have to move,” said Max.
“But we have our home and we have a place to live.”
Michelle said she’s been in contact with her attorney and is ready to move forward.
“This is just something we can’t change,” she said.
The National Association of Realtors recently said that there were more than 9.3 million homes and condos in the United States with more than 1 million remodeling projects completed in 2015.
About one in three remodeling requests are for bathroom remodeling, and about a third of remodel requests involve a bathroom or changing room.
The number of remodels is rising, but many experts say that many homeowners can still save money.
“In the past few years, the trend of remodelling has become more prevalent, and there are more and more options,” said Mark DeCaromos, a remodeling expert at Keller Williams Realty.
“So it’s definitely something that needs to be considered, especially if you are a small home owner or if you don`t have the means to buy a big house.”