If you’re living in an older home in Vancouver, or the Greater Vancouver area such as, Richmond, Delta, or Surrey, you may not have a bathroom fan installed in your home. Bathroom fans weren’t as common back in the day, but are now required by the BC Building code. If your bathroom doesn’t have a fan it is susceptible to moisture problems and mold, so it’s a good idea to address the issue quickly.
The cost of installing a fan will be different in different homes. You need to consider what the right fan is for your space, what cf/m (cubic feet per meter) is required, the sound rating, do you want a light, variable speed control, etc. You also need to consider what type of ductwork needs to be installed, metal or plastic, and consider the roofline and space for the ventilation to access the outside. With all these options the cost of labour and materials can vary substantially. It’s important to talk to a professional electrician to ensure you’re getting the right materials for your bathroom, a good installation, and the best price for the work and materials you’re getting. The actual cost of installing a fan, including labour and materials, can range anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to over five hundred dollars depending on the structure of your home, what the space requires, and personal preference.
Improving your bathroom space is not a sunk cost however. The bathroom is an important room in the home and an investment into improving that space will pay for itself in the resale value of your home. Even something as simple as a bathroom fan can increase the value of your home, and make it more likely to sell quickly. It will also pay for itself by preventing water damage and mold in your walls. Mould is unsightly and can be a health risk to you and your family, plus water damage can negatively affect the structural integrity of your home. Both of these issues are substantially more expensive to fix than the installation of a bathroom fan cost itself.
If you’re looking to do some work on your bathroom get in touch with the professionals at AJ’s Electrical for a quote.