Remodeling any room in your house can be an exciting project to take on. A bathroom remodel can be especially exciting, but it can also be a bit daunting to start a new project like this.
After you’ve decided to remodel your bathroom, it’s probably best to hire a contractor to help make sure everything is done properly. There is a lot of plumbing that might need to be moved around or replaced, not to mention any electrical work should be done by a professional.
When looking for a general contractor to hire for your bathroom remodel job, there are a few things you should know and ask before you hire.
Perhaps the most important thing you need to know about your general contractor is whether or not they are licensed in your state. Licensing helps to assure clients that the contractor knows their business and a licensed contractor will have insurance in the event of an accident.
Your contractor should have a list of referrals ready for your request so you can call previous clients and talk to them. The best way to find a reputable contractor is through word of mouth, but if you are new to the area, or your friends are not familiar with anyone in your area, you can check sites like Angie’s List for client reviews.
It is important that you don’t just choose the cheapest contractor available. Allow a few reputable contractors in your area bid for the project and then choose. Before the work has begun, you should have an estimate in writing as part of your contract with the contractor.
How Long Will It Take?
When you are discussing your project with your contractor, get a time frame mapped out from the beginning. Of course, unforeseen events may occur that delay the project, but having a general idea of how long the project will take is necessary. If your contractor has staff or people to help, they might be able to give you a smaller time frame than someone who works alone, which may affect your pricing as well.
Ask About Expertise
When completing a bathroom remodel, there are a lot of factors involved. Make sure your prospective contractor can do all of the design, carpentry, plumbing, and electrical work involved. If they don’t, make sure they have a plan to get the job done properly. They might have recommendations for someone to use for the parts they cannot complete, and that might also affect what you pay out for the project.
Upgrades You Should Consider
High Efficiency Faucets and Toilets
It’s hard to think of even one reason why anyone wouldn’t want to replace their faucets and toilet with more water efficient versions. You can save energy and money with high efficiency faucets and toilets in your home, so they should be at the top of your list when considering which upgrades to include in your bathroom remodel.
Over half of the water used in your house is wasted through the bathroom. There is always a toilet flushing, hands being washed, or a shower being taken. New high efficiency faucets can help you save 20% or more of the water that is just going down the drain.
Old toilets can run or need multiple flushes to clean the bowl, but newer models not only flush more productively, but do so more efficiently also. Save gallons of water per use with new energy efficient toilets.
Ventilation is important in many rooms of your house, but perhaps none more so than the bathroom. Poor ventilation can ruin the best bathroom. All that moisture and humidity can wreak havoc on your fixtures, and walls. Mold, mildew, and bad smells are all products of poor ventilation.
Look for high-efficiency versions of bathroom ventilation fans that cut on automatically with a humidity sensor. This will ensure that the fan is being used when it needs to, and also help you avoid forgetting to turn the fan off after use.
Updating the lighting in your bathroom can make a huge difference in the overall appearance of your bathroom. It is a small touch that really pulls the whole remodeling project together. Replace old florescent lighting with soft incandescent lights that give adequate light without feeling clinical, and don’t forget your energy efficient bulbs.
Replacing your shower head is perhaps one of the most inexpensive and beneficial things to do in a bathroom remodel. Not only will a new shower head help you save on water, but they are more sanitary. Even better, a high quality shower head will make taking a shower absolute heaven.
Tiling can be a very expensive part of a bathroom remodel project. Depending on the size of your project, the tiling itself can cost thousands of dollars. However, if you can afford it, using porcelain tiling on the surfaces of your bathroom is well worth the expense. Not only does it help the resale value of your home, it is a beautiful and timeless look that won’t need to be replaced any time soon.
Avoid These Common Bathroom Remodel Mistakes
Trying To Do It Alone
Depending on how extensive your remodeling project is, you might want to consider hiring a contractor to help you with your bathroom remodel. Especially when it comes to major plumbing and any electrical wiring, one small mistake can make things go very, very wrong.
If you decide to hire a professional, make sure they are licensed and have good referrals. Having an inexperienced contractor botch the job is just as bad as botching it yourself, if not worse.
Underestimating Time and Money Factors
Remodeling projects take time and cost money. You don’t want to underestimate the time your project will take and end up going without a bathroom for longer than you wanted to. Nor do you want to underestimate the price of your remodel and end up cutting corners to make budget.
Careful planning for all factors involved with the remodel can help, as can overestimating. If you plan for more time than you actually need, you won’t feel rushed as well as enjoying the benefit of finishing early. Of course, with any project as extensive as a bathroom remodel, whatever can go wrong often will. Make sure to account for time and money in the event of unforeseen circumstances.
Again, careful and meticulous planning can save you a lot of time, trouble, and money in the long run. Make sure to plan everything with meticulous precision, down to the tiny screws and nails needed to hang the final picture frames. Forgetting even the smallest details can halt the whole project and cost you time and money. Be sure to confirm every purchase order and shipment arrival to make sure each and every piece and part are accounted for. Planning and confirmation of everything can save your entire project.
Avoid Too Trendy Design Schemes
When you are remodeling a bathroom, it is unlikely that you will want to remodel it again for a very long time. Following decorating trends is great, but make sure that your designs will still look good a decade from now. Stick to clean, neutral, and timeless looks, that will require very little updating over time. Remember, it’s easy to change up your décor or even to repaint, but replacing the major items and built in features requires a lot more work and money.
Bathroom remodels are exciting and can give your home a whole new look, as well as potentially increase the value of your home. Do your research, plan carefully to avoid these common mistakes and enjoy a relaxing soak in your newly remodeled bathroom!
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