There are a lot of things to consider before you begin any major project, especially a bathroom remodel. Before you start, make a list and plan everything carefully to avoid unfinished projects or big mistakes.
Here are some things to consider before you begin your bathroom remodel:
Remodeling is expensive, especially in rooms like bathrooms. All of the plumbing, cost of labor, cabinetry and other major parts of a bathroom remodel project can be very expensive. Some parts of a remodel project you can cut costs on, but you don’t want to cut costs on anything that really matters, nor do you want to leave a project unfinished due to poor planning.
Careful planning for every little expense, down to the grout and nails, is the best way to avoid going over budget or running out of money for the project. Do extensive price shopping before you order any materials and make sure to order enough of everything you need.
A bathroom remodel can be a time intensive project as well as expensive. It is easy to get into a hurry and try to finish the project as quickly as possible, but you want to make sure that the job is done right also. Your best course of action is to overestimate the amount of time you think each part of the project will take, and then allot for extra time in the event of delays and other unforeseen circumstances.
Do It Yourself or Contractor?
One big decision you will need to make before you start your bathroom remodeling project is whether you plan to do it yourself or hire a contractor. This should be a very carefully thought out decision.
How large and invasive your project is can help to determine whether or not you should undertake a project like this by yourself. Of course, how much experience you have with projects such as this will factor in as well.
Overall, the decision to hire a general contractor might be the best decision you can make. An experienced, licensed contractor with good referrals can make the difference between a successful project and a mess. A contractor can be costly, but the future of your overall project and the amount you could spend fixing big mistakes could be worth it. Allow multiple general contractors to bid on your project, and make sure to get everything in writing.
DIY projects are certainly fun and exciting, but when it comes to projects that involve plumbing and electrical work, it might be best to leave it to the professionals.
Design and Functionality
While design and functionality sound like they should go hand in hand, it doesn’t always happen that way. Make sure that whatever big design decisions you are making will also be functional in your bathroom remodel project. Once you make some decisions, it can be costly and time intensive to redo failed experiments.
Bathroom remodels are not projects that should be taken too lightly. They can be expensive, time intensive, and require a lot of thought and planning. Make sure you are carefully considering each part of your project before you begin.