The 3 Worst Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Bathroom remodeling is a complex process with a lot of moving parts and potential pitfalls. A successful project requires not only skill, but through planning and preparation.
Planning starts with the reason you want to remodel. Do you want to remodel because:
• Your bathroom has water damage and needs repaired.
• Your bathroom was poorly designed and you want more functionality.
• You’ve been dreaming about a new bathroom.
• You want to replace your bathtub with a shower.
• You’re planning to stay in you home longer and need a more accessible bathroom.
No matter what your reason for remodeling, you’ll want to start with a detailed plan and budget.
Avoid these 3 bathroom remodeling mistakes and enjoy a well-planned bathroom that suits your needs.
Bathroom Remodeling Mistake #1 – No Plan
The plan is your road map to a successful job. Without a plan, you’re remodeling on the fly, which always takes longer and costs more.
If you don’t have the skills or knowledge, an interior designer or contractor who specializes in bathroom remodeling would be a huge help. Experience pays big dividends by keeping you from making costly mistakes and assuring that you’ll be happy with the finished product.
A good plan should include the following:
1. A design that accomplishes your goals.
2. Product selections that suit your needs and your tastes.
3. Products that will work with the design and within the budget.
4. A list of all the work that is to be done.
5. A time frame to get the work done.
Bathroom Remodeling Mistake #2 – No Budget
The difference in cost between a low-end remodel and a high-end remodel can be tens of thousands of dollars. The easiest way to set a budget is to figure out how much you are comfortable spending. Allow some room in the budget for those little extras you just can’t live without.
Visit a plumbing showroom to get an idea of how much different products cost. Make notes of all the products you’ll need and how much they cost. You’ll also need estimates on general labor and specialty labor such as plumbing, electrical, and tile work.
Once you have all of these figures together, you’ll have a good idea what the total cost would be.
A much easier way to get a price on a bathroom remodel is to call a contractor who specializes in bathroom remodeling. An experienced contractor can give you ideas on the best way to get the results you want and keep you in budget.
“Some couples go over their budgets very carefully every month. Others just go over them.”
Bathroom Remodeling Mistake #3 – Trying to Do It Yourself
Some handymen are quite capable of remodeling a bathroom, but for most of us, trying to do it on our own would spell disaster. Bathroom remodeling is complex and requires extensive knowledge, experience, and tools.
Do-it-yourself disasters are so common among homeowners that the DIY Network made a series called Disaster DIY. The series shows homeowners who attempted to remodel their homes and ended up frustrated and had to call a professional to complete the job.
TV programs that show remodeling projects being done by professionals often portray jobs that go smoothly and are completed in a short period of time. This leads some do-it-yourselfers to believe that the work is not that hard and could be done in a short period of time.
Don’t be fooled.
Find a professional who is experienced in bathroom remodeling, has an excellent reputation, offers a good warranty, and is there to backup the warranty. Quality products and workmanship doesn’t come cheap, but it’s much less expensive than hiring a professional to redo work that was done incorrectly the first time.