Bathroom remodeling isn’t all about picking out the right fixtures, sinks, tubs, and cabinetry. It would help if you had a qualified bathroom designer who can use his or her experience to re-implement the bathroom’s design and who will work with you to determine your individual needs. To get the most out of your redesign, it helps to hire a qualified contractor you trust.
Here are some questions to ask when you’re comparing quality contractors.
Q: Who will be the primary contractor for my bathroom remodeling project? If you’re planning on installing new faucets, countertops, plumbing, or electrical equipment in your bathroom, you’ll likely want to hire one person to oversee the project. Ask how many other people will be working on the project so you can choose a contractor with experience supervising bathroom renovations.
Q: What types of bathroom remodeling jobs can I do myself? Bathroom design is much more complex than standard kitchen remodeling, which means that some tasks won’t be possible to tackle on your own. For instance, you might not have the necessary tools for installing new bathroom fixtures, such as new faucets or plumbing fixtures. To save money, talk to friends or business associates who may be hiring someone to install new bathroom fixtures. If they’re happy with someone they know, they might let you borrow their tools for a small fee.
Q: How should I budget for bathroom remodeling? Ask yourself how much money you have set aside for a remodel. It’s a good idea to have a general idea of what you want to spend since you’ll probably end up borrowing or selling some fixtures or buying more expensive items. Also, plan how long you plan to stay in the home. That will help you budget for the longer-term costs, such as fixtures and remodeling supplies.
Q: How do I choose between several bathroom remodeling contractors? You’ll likely have an idea of what fixtures you want, such as a new tub or vanity, but it’s not always clear which contractor would be able to install the best. When comparing contractors, focus on those who are licensed and have a track record of good artistry. Be wary of a bathroom remodeling company that offers a low price but inferior quality products or installation.
Q: What’s the essential part of a bathroom remodel? New bathroom lighting is an integral part of any remodel, as it can make a big difference in the look and feel of your bathroom. Bathrooms in older homes often have poor lighting, so improving your home’s lighting can make a difference. Most homeowners hire a lighting company to install lighting fixtures because they’re experienced with working with older homes and plumbing. Many homeowners think they know what they want but may not know enough about the space they have to work with.
Q: Will adding new fixtures improve my resale value? Some homeowners try to make their remodeling projects add value to their homes by changing the tub or installing new fixtures. While this can work in some cases, many homeowners come out with slight improvement to their homes’ value. If you’re looking to improve your resale value, focus on upgrading your fixtures, not the whole house.
Q: Is there a specific time frame for a remodel? Bathroom remodels take months to complete. Hiring an experienced, licensed contractor to oversee your remodel will reduce the time involved in the project. Contractors will save you time and give you peace of mind that you remodel will be done correctly and up to code.