Let us help you with your game plan by following the steps below.
1. HOW MUCH DO YOU WANT TO DO?
The first step to planning a bathroom remodel is to evaluate the extent of work you want to get done and what you would like to see improved. It could be simple modifications, a layout change or a complete tear-out. For instance, do you want to update the look by changing details like lighting and mirrors, or are you interested in a major overhaul? Answering these questions will give you a clearer idea of what you want the finished product to look like and also plan for a general timetable for your remodeling activities.
2. PLAN YOUR BUDGET
Remodeling your bathroom can be an expensive affair, so be sure to spend wisely. It is advisable to take an objective look at your budget and decide on what you can afford based on realistic estimates. However, you will not go wrong to invest in high quality workmanship and materials for items such as the faucet, sink or toilet as these are highly utilized and you will want things that are going to hold up. Hence, the cheapest way out is not always the best choice. One other thing to take into consideration is to account for unexpected repairs that may pop up along the way. A wise thing to do is to top up your budget by 10-15% for unforeseen problems to avoid any financial hiccups down the line.
3. SHOULD YOU HIRE A CONTRACTOR?
Those who wish to scrimp will attempt to undergo the remodelling themselves. However, not all tasks are created equal. For example, it is easy to install a new toilet but building a new tiled shower is an entirely different matter, which should be left to the professionals. You will have to assess which projects to do yourself and which to leave to the professionals. When hiring a contractor, you will have to make sure that he/she is properly licensed, testifying that they have fulfilled the basic minimum requirements of the licensing agency. Also, some projects will require permits for electrical and building, so be sure to apply beforehand.
4. THINK THROUGH THE FLOORING
The flooring is perhaps the most important feature in a bathroom as moisture is the culprit in bathrooms and you cannot afford to choose the wrong kind of flooring. Carefully weigh all of your flooring options by considering maintenance needs and long-term durability. A constant favourite is the ceramic tile as it is waterproof, durable and easy-to-clean.