How to Plan A Bathroom Remodel

Undertaking a bathroom remodel is something many homeowners would like to do. Having a new bathroom will make life easier and can potentially increase the value of your home up to 20%.  Over three-quarters of buyers have said they are prepared to offer more in a house that has had a high-quality bathroom remodel.

But what should you know before embarking on a home project of this scale?


Grayscale Photography of Bathtub Near Window



Can You DIY or Need a Professional?


Most cities and counties require permits for certain remodeling projects, and some require homeowners to pass proficiency exams before starting the work. Know what’s required in your area, and make sure your work will pass any required inspections.  Don’t destroy your home if you do not have the  skill set to renovate the bathroom. Get 3 bids from professional contractors for the work desired.  First make a floor plan drawing of the room or better yet, pay for a professional one.   You can’t have a project without detailed plans.  A plumber for major plumbing changes and an electrician if needed. 



You Need A Budget


When it comes to deciding what to include in your redesign, having a budget will assist you in making better judgments. If you haven’t already, you should figure out how much money you want to spend on your bathroom makeover before you begin. Once you’ve determined how much money you have to spend and subtract the amount set aside for labor, you’ll have a better idea of how much money you have to spend on tiling, fixtures, and other finishing touches. Try to stick to a reasonable figure below your max budget to allow for any unforeseen circumstances.  


Don’t Make Assumptions.


If you have multiple contractors in to do different jobs, don’t just assume they are communicating. You need a plumber to ensure all of your pipework is connected correctly and secure and your fittings are installed correctly. However, if you need electricians, tilers, or general contractors, don’t presume they are used to communicating with each other and will do so. You need to project manage all of your contractors and yourself if you are doing some of the work.



Simple Bathroom Design With Black and White Ceramic Bathtub



You Need Good Time Management


It is common for people to believe that remodeling a small bathroom will only take a few days or that it will take significantly less time than redesigning a larger bathroom. This isn’t always the case, of course. Depending on how many items you want to change in the bathroom, your contractor will have to go through all of the same stages as he would for a more extensive bathroom renovation.

However, planning does not only refer to determining the length of time the renovation work will take. But also for tasks such as ordering and purchasing fitting and fixtures or having custom-built vanities and cabinets to ensure that they will be available when your contractor needs them. Confirm all lead times and double-check every time is running on time regularly.

Those who have only one bathroom in their home will also need to make plans for where they will shower and use the toilet while the bathroom is being dismantled, which will require additional planning time.


Be Aware of Hidden Issues


If you live in an older house, once you start removing items or fixtures from the room and go into the wall, you might find some hidden problems. Uncovering these will no doubt increase expenses and push everything off schedule. Have a contingency amount included in the budget for hidden problems. 

Plan to have a professional contractor to take over problems so they can efficiently deal with them. Be thorough in your planning and look at your bathroom and the rest of your house to gauge just how well it was initially built.



Stylish interior design of contemporary bathroom with wooden walls and big mirror above sink and table with toiletries




In conclusion, make a new floor plan and find out what your local authorities require. Make a budget and include a contingency fund. Follow a timeline and stay on top of the remodel tasks.





This is a collaborative post but all opinions are my own.



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