7 Tips for Planning Your Bathroom Remodel
Updating your bathroom is a great way to improve your home’s value and appeal.
First things first. If you don’t have a clear vision for your remodel, start browsing magazines including our website or Facebook page, checking out designer blogs, and visiting open houses for ideas. Create your own lists for an easy way to keep your ideas organized.
Make a Plan
Based on your budget and remodeling goals, decide what you want to replace and what can be reused. Consider the footprint of your existing bathroom and where the utilities are located. Tearing out walls and moving plumbing can be a major expense.
Choose The Building Blocks
Once you’ve determined the scope of your remodel, it’s time to choose the products. Local box stores may help you get started, but there are many other options in this area to choose from that sell things you can not find in those local box stores and a lot of time they are of better quality.
Organize Your Inspiration
Create separate Favorites Lists for different styles or budgets. Gather magazine pictures and articles into your folder. You can make as many lists as you’d like and add or delete items at any time.
Scrimp or Splurge?
Bathroom remodels are ranked among the best home improvements in terms of return on investment. To pay off in both value and satisfaction, the project must be done well. Choose the best quality products your budget will allow, and hire a professional to do work that’s outside your skill level.
If a complete remodel isn’t in the budget, consider switching out one or more elements to update the look of the bathroom. New faucets, lighting, door hardware, cabinet knobs, accessories and decor can make a big difference.
If the budget allows, choose items from your wish-list. Many homeowners go 15 years or more between bathroom remodels. Calculate the additional cost spread out over the potential life of the upgrade to decide if the benefit will be worth it.
Do It Yourself
There are DIY projects to match almost any skill level. Beginners can install new door hardware and cabinet knobs. Replacing light fixtures or a installing a new toilet are good intermediate projects. Major electrical work and plumbing jobs may require permits or inspections and should be left to the professionals.
Find A Contractor
Selecting the right contractor can save you time, money and stress. It’s worth the effort to find the right match before starting your project.
Ask friends for referrals
Interview at least 3 contractors
Get written estimates before you sign a contract.
Request recommendations and before/after photos from past jobs
Check the contractor’s licenses