Your bathroom is outdated, doesn't work for your growing family, and is in desperate need of an upgrade. Planning even a simple bathroom remodel can be challenging, and the potential pitfalls could cost you time and money. Luckily, there are several things you, as a homeowner, can do to ensure your remodel is a success.
Here are a few simple dos and don'ts to help ensure your bathroom remodeling project goes smoothly.
Do Create a Budget
The first step in any remodeling project is to create a realistic budget you can stick with. The amount of money required to complete your remodel is dependent on several factors, including the scope of the remodel, the cost of materials and labor, and the cost of fixtures and other finishing touches.
While determining the budget, don't forget to set aside a portion for unanticipated costs. For example, if a pipe bursts during the remodel, you will need extra money to pay for new materials and cleanup costs. If you aren't sure how to create a budget, contact a professional for more assistance.
Don't Relocate Your Fixtures
You're creating your dream bathroom, and chances are, you aren't happy with the current layout, and would love to relocate your toilet, vanity, or bathtub. Relocating the plumbing and fixtures in your bathroom is costly, and if your budget is modest, you could wind up spending a large portion of the money on this one area.
Instead, find ways to make the current layout work for your family. For example, if you don't have any small children, replace a bathtub with a smaller corner shower. This will provide you with more floor space, making your bathroom seem larger.
Do Hire Qualified Professionals
Finally, one of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make when remodeling their bathroom is overestimating their do-it-yourself abilities. Instead of trying to save some money by changing out a fixture or replacing the toilet yourself, hire seasoned, qualified professionals to take on these tasks for you.
A bathroom design contractor can help you create a functional layout, materials, and finishing touches that won't break the budget. A contractor has the tools and experience necessary to finish the job on-time and on budget. If you try to take on a chore that is beyond your abilities, you will not only waste your time and money, you will have to pay a contractor to complete the job as well.
From hiring the right professionals to creating a budget, when it comes to remodeling your bathroom, there are several dos and don'ts to keep in mind.