Are you looking forward to a bathroom remodel in your near future? If so, then you need to start planning now. This list of things you should know before remodeling a bathroom is a great start:
Draft a plan, first. A bathroom remodel is not a job you can go into with a “let’s see how we feel” approach. Before you take even your first step toward remodeling, draft a comprehensive plan detailing the exact specifications, measurements, look, and feel of your new bathroom space. The more detailed your are in your plans, the less likely you will be to purchase products and fixtures that don’t look right – or actually physically fit – into your bathroom.
Adding value to your home. It’s no secret that a bathroom remodel can add a significant amount of value to your home, but only if an assortment of other circumstances allow for it. Don’t rush head-on into your bathroom remodel without first doing research to determine if you will actually get the money you put into the remodel back out of your home later.
A bathroom remodel is not a project that you, the inexperienced homeowner, should take on yourself.
Unless you want to risk spending a lot more than necessary to fix your mistakes, you should get professional help from the get-go. This especially applies if you feel you may end up needing to do some plumbing work.
Expect the unexpected. The bathroom is one of the most difficult and complex spaces to remodel (next to the kitchen) because you must deal with electrical wiring and plumbing in addition to the more aesthetic components. Therefore, you should expect to run into some situations that you can’t exactly plan for during your bathroom remodel. You will need to keep an open mind and roll with the punches.
You don’t have to do it all now. As you probably know, there are many components of a bathroom, and they can really add up. If budget is an issue, then you should choose just the most important things for right now, and then update the rest one-by-one later.
Screen contractors. There are countless contractors out there, just begging for your business. Unfortunately, they’re not all well-qualified to do your bathroom remodel, and choosing the wrong contractor can end up costing you in the long run. Screen contractors carefully to find the right one for the job, and never hire a contractor simply because the bid is lowest.
Research products and services. You can save a lot of money by researching the products and services you plan on using for your kitchen remodel and shopping around. Comparison shopping in this way can be a lot of work, but just consider how much your bathroom remodel is costing and imagine shaving a few thousand off that cost.
Be sure to take heed of each of these suggestions when approaching your bathroom remodel. It could mean the difference between getting what you want and paying for what you don’t want.
About the Author: Luis Hinton and his wife just remodeled their master bathroom. They added new fixtures and a bidet toilet seat. Make sure you read reviews of all of the products you want, as well as the professionals you are going to work with.