Before you begin any remodeling project, it’s important to make sure that you have everything you will need to complete the work correctly, and in a timely manner. A bathroom renovation is a big project for homeowners to tackle, so preparation is the key to ensuring that it goes as smoothly as possible. Use this handy checklist with tips as a guide:
Set your budget. Your budget is arguably the most important aspect of any bathroom remodeling project. Determine your budget ahead of time, and then keep it at the top of the checklist. As you purchase items and pay for services, keep track of how much you’re spending. Many projects go over budget, but by setting a reasonable number at the start and pricing services and materials beforehand, you can try to keep costs under control.
Hiring professionals, or DIY. Determine which aspects of the renovation project will you tackling yourself, and which ones will you be hiring out to the pros:
- Layout/floor plan design
- Flooring installation
- Tile work
- Fixture installation
If you are going to hire professionals, you’ll want to contact several to get information and cost estimates. Choose a contractor that has a good reputation and recommendations from satisfied clients. They should be able to give you an estimate for the work to be done, as well as a time line for when the work will be completed.
Select your materials. Choosing the materials that you will use may be one of the most difficult and time consuming aspects of a remodel. Determine what items you want to replace and purchase, such as:
- Faucet and shower head
- Paint color
If you aren’t sure about the design, you may consider working with a professional designer who can help to guide you through the process. There are many details to consider, and you want to be sure that you get everything that you want.
Finally, before any work can begin, you need to make sure that you have any necessary work permits. Check with your local building authority to see what you may need. Once you have your permits, have found a contractor, and have settled on the design, you’re ready to get the bathroom remodeling project underway.