Life gets busy! Sometimes this leads to skimping on some things. We understand that hiring a contractor to remodel a bathroom can be an expensive proposition, and for many, the desire to save money often blinds us to the practical considerations. But believe us when we say this is something you just don’t want to take shortcut on.
The most expensive remodeling project you will ever do is the one you have to do twice. With that being said, here are the three biggest mistakes we see when it comes to bathroom remodeling:
Failing to Plan Your Remodel
Whether it’s underestimating the time it will take to complete a remodeling project or completing projects in a backwards fashion – i.e. replacing your fixtures before resolving any plumbing and/or structural issues or even just making sure there is a logical place for the toilet paper holder – failing to plan ahead can make a huge difference in the final product. And will likely result in a headache! If mistakes are made or things just don’t look right, you might think you can live with it at first but eventually, you’ll have to do it over and pay for it again.
Failing to Budget for Your Bathroom Remodel
Once you know what you want, it’s critical to make a plan, establish a budget and stick to it. There are so many great ideas for bathroom remodels today that it’s easy to fall into the “Well, as long as we’re remodeling anyway we might as well do x, y and z!” trap. Last minute changes can quickly drain your budget — no pun intended. Plus, your “as long as we’re remodeling anyway” decisions can lead back to our first point, causing you to re-do work that’s already been completed in order to accommodate a new feature.
Cutting Back On or Completely Skipping Skilled Labor
Most of the time, bathroom remodeling is not a DIY job. These projects often require plumbing and electrical experience as well as carpentry expertise. Of all the remodeling projects that had to be done twice, most occurred because do-it-yourselfers underestimated the complexity of the job or overestimated their skills. Even if you’re not changing any plumbing or electrical, the features you add could very well affect how those infrastructures work in the rest of the house. If that happens you are likely to be in for a very expensive do-over.
If you’re researching bathroom remodeling projects, Home Town Restyling can help you start planning for the project before you ever leave home. Download our free Bathroom Remodeling Checklist and start planning like a pro or request a free quote and one of our representatives will be in contact with you shortly.