Remodeling your bathroom can be an exciting fresh start since the bathroom is where you get ready every single morning. However, it can be an overwhelming project that seems never ending if you don’t plan it out correctly.
In truth, it doesn’t have to be a stressful experience if you have the right steps in place. By knowing the most common bathroom remodel mishaps, combined with applying friendly tips you can set yourself up for a successful bathroom remodel. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you dive in.
Keep Your Budget in Check
It’s incredibly easy to get carried away when remodeling your bathroom. There are all sorts of additions you’d like to make, and before you know it, you can find yourself with an astronomical bill based on only a few seemingly small changes.
So, it’s important that you stay realistic about what you can do yourself and what you should hand off to a contractor. For example, small fixes like changing your bathtub overflow plate, or switching out your cupboard handles can easily be done by yourself. Try to cut costs wherever you can and constantly evaluate where you are with your budget.
It’s important to note however, that you should never sacrifice quality in an effort to save money. It’s important to find a balance between choosing quality materials, while also being realistic with your wallet.
You want to buy the best possible quality materials that realistically fall within your budget. Ultimately, buying cheap materials will end up costing you more in the long run, since they won’t last as long and you’ll be required to replace them.
Know Your Timeline
Some people don’t have a realistic idea of just how long renovations take. If you’ve never remodeled your bathroom before then you may assume that it’s something that can be done over night.
In reality, it can take up to several months depending on your circumstances. When planning around your remodel, it’s always helpful to overestimate your timeline rather than underestimate it. If you end up finishing the remodel before your expected date, then it’s an added perk. However, going over your anticipated schedule can significantly interrupt your plans—particularly if you have multiple people living in your house.
Whether you’re remodeling your bathroom, or your kitchen, it’s important that you always anticipate unexpected hiccups along the way.
There is no shortage of obstacles that can come up throughout the process, so it’s best to anticipate these issues coming up before they happen. From someone on your building team getting sick, to a bursted pipe, you just never know what can happen during a renovation.
The best thing you can do is stay flexible, try to stay calm, and always keep your budget a little flexible in case issues come up.