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Old 05-17-2014, 09:39 AM   #1
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patch job in the bath or whole reno?

Hi, thanks in advance for helping me think aloud.

It is a bathroom in a rental unit. Renovated in the 80's.

It is approx. 4x10 ft, a compact one.


1. The toilet started condensation on the tank for about 2 years, fixed several times, but still dropping drops of water on the ground from the condensation. So now, the ground around the base of the toilet is soft.

2. After years of usage, the part of drywall right next to the bathtub has been exposed to water and getting soft in an area of 4X12 inches.


Do I do a patch job or a whole reno of the bathroom?
A. patch job
1. the toilet need to be changed, thus the floor underneath the toilet.
2. fix the part of the drywall that is soft next to the tub? not sure how to deal with it to be efficient.

B. whole bath room reno?
Should I do a whole reno because i need to change the toilet and its floor base and a small patch of the drywall?

1. the vanity and the bathtub and the tiles around the tub is still in good shape, so i can keep those...
2. am I saving lots of energy and $$ in only doing the section of floor under the toilet and the patch of the wall instead of a whole reno job?
3. With a new bathroom, the rent won't change much, maybe at most $10-15/month extra.
4, maybe in 15-20 years, I may change the rental to my own house.

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I would just fix what needs fixing for now. While there may be cosmetic damage from the water, I wouldn't think that would warrant a total reno at this point. Just my opinion.

Without pictures and actually seeing what/how bad the damage is, it's hard to say. You may want to call in a local pro and see what they reccommend.

If you do decide to make the rental your home in 15-20 years, put the money aside for it and do the reno closer to that time.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help to you. Others will be along shortly with more advice/suggestions. Thanks.
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Wait and this is going to end up costing you far more and take longer.
Plus there may be health issues from the mold that's now growing.
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