6 Mistakes to Avoid When Remodeling Your Bathroom

Undertaking a bathroom remodeling project can be stressful and expensive. Mistakes leading to setbacks can make the project drag on and cost more than originally planned. You as the homeowner want to be pleased with the end result of your remodel.

Do not destroy too much

Admittedly, swinging a sledgehammer is fun and somewhat liberating. However, you want to be careful to not demolish too much too soon. Work in one area of the room before moving on to another aspect when possible and wait until it is absolutely necessary before you rip up flooring or tear down a wall.

Do not skimp on materials

The adage “you get what you pay for” applies here. Do not attempt to find the most inexpensive building supplies because you will end up paying for it in the end with lack of quality. For example, when remodeling a bathroom, don’t automatically opt for a low quality bath vanity. Instead, try to the find the highest quality product for the lowest asking price. Better yet, try refinishing your old one and replacing the fixtures.

Do not rush through measurements

There is a saying well known in the construction industry “measure twice and cut once.” This saying simply means you need to make sure to measure properly before you buy or cut anything. It is horrible to find you have measured inaccurately and realize your flooring is off by an inch.

Do not avoid legal permits

Yes, it’s a hassle, and no one wants to do it. However, you must get the proper permits before beginning a home improvement project. If you do not and something happens, you could be stuck with the bill as homeowner’s insurance will often not cover accidents caused by construction.

Do not settle on just any contractor

Choosing the right contractor will set the basis for how you entire remodeling project goes. If you hire someone who is hardworking and honest, you will likely have a pleasant experience. However, if you attempt to the find the cheapest contractor and do not ask for references or look at their past projects, you could be in for a nightmare. Make sure you do your research before hiring a contractor even if that means you start your project later than you would have liked. Finding the right person for the job will end up being worth all the extra effort.

Do not skimp on your budget

It is tempting to underestimate the amount of money it will take to complete your home remodel. However, this is a big mistake. Unexpected problems will almost assuredly occur. Therefore, it is best to over inflate your budget and be surprised when the project is complete and there is cash left over than to underestimate the cost and be stuck with an unfinished room.

It also helps to keep in mind that you can recover up to 65 percent of the money you spend on a mid-range bathroom makeover according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2013 Cost vs. Value Report.

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