Don’t jump the gun and start making decisions about your bathroom renovation. First, you need to consider some less exciting things including costs, time requirements, and project management styles. We’ve created a simple checklist of tasks for this type of project that will help it stay on track from beginning to end.
1. Get organized and have a plan
If you’re like most people, you probably have an idea of what you want to do with your bathroom. But things can change as the project progresses. Keep a file containing your ideas, sketches, and photos of bathrooms you like. Be prepared to make changes if necessary. Schedule some time to sit down with your family and discuss the project in more detail so everyone is on the same page and has a chance to express their preferences.
2. Find qualified professionals
If you need electrical, plumbing, or general contracting work done, ask for referrals from friends or family members who have had similar work done in their homes or businesses. You can also check online for relevant websites that list licensed contractors in your area that do Bathroom Renovations.
3. Determine the scope of work
To make sure you don’t go over budget and miss deadlines, be clear about what you want to do. Answering these questions will help you decide whether the project is right for you:
What size of bathroom do you have? (single or double) How many fixtures do you have? Do they need to be replaced with new ones? What type and size of tile, marble or other decorative materials do you want? Do you want to install new plumbing fixtures or just update them? How many fixtures are in your current bathroom? Is there a large mirror over the sink, or are there two sinks next to each other? If so, how much extra space do you need?
4. Find a construction company
When you find a contractor you like, ask them to send a proposal outlining their services, fees, and warranties. Read the proposal carefully and make sure it meets your needs and budget. Be sure to ask what materials they use, how they will do the work, and whether they have any specialties. Ask if they have any previous experience working on a similar project in your home or workplace. If the contractor is licensed with your municipality and state’s boards of building inspection, ask for references from past clients.
5. Choose an installation date
When you have all the information you need, set a date for the installation. Before you make your final decision, take into consideration other factors, like weather and holidays. If possible, try to schedule the installation for a day when your children are out of school and don’t require childcare (for example, a Saturday or Sunday).
6. Get an estimate from your contractor
Ask your contractor to provide an estimate that includes any materials needed, labor, and all the fees he or she will charge. Ask how long it will take to complete each step of the project. Are there any subcontractors involved? If so, ask them to provide estimates of their own too. Estimate costs include materials such as tiles or stone as well as labor and installation costs.