Many people reach a point when they want to remodel different areas of the house. Several projects are fairly simple and straight forward, such as changing paint colors or carpeting. However, remodeling a bathroom is a much different situation that takes a lot more consideration and involvement, especially with changes to plumbing, electrical, cabinets, flooring, waterproofing, and more. Here are some tips on how to start the remodeling project right the first time.
Define Your Budget Upfront
The most important part of any construction project is to define your budget. Determining your bathroom remodeling budget is very important when designing layouts, improvements, and materials. Once a budget is defined, you will be able to identify what areas can be do-it yourself improvements and those that should be contracted.
Do Your Research
Do-it yourself solutions are often a great option when remodeling a bathroom but sometimes they do not provide the level of savings desired. If you choose to remodel a portion or your entire bathroom, make sure you understand all of the costs involved.
Contractors generally have access to much better material prices than the common consumer. With these discounts, a contractor may be able to provide similar pricing to a do-it yourself option. Unless you prefer to do the remodeling yourself, a contractor might be a better solution.
Choosing the Right Contractor
If you do choose to use contractors, make sure you continue your research in the decision making process. You can choose to use one contractor that will bring in sub-contractors to do different jobs or you can find each sub-contractor for yourself.
In either situation, make sure you use contractors you trust. This may include using friends, acquaintances, or referrals. If you do not have connection to contractors and find them by other means, interview any you find.
Define pricing upfront with any contractor and make sure the pricing is in the form of a contract. Even if a trust is established with a contractor, do not let any pricing change if the agreed upon terms are met.
Once you decide to remodel your bathroom, make sure you take all of the steps necessary to achieve the desired outcome. The worst thing that can happen in any remodeling project is a disappointing outcome. Be sure to use resources for ideas on what you or a contractor can accomplish in making your bathroom look and function better.