When it comes to redoing various rooms in your home, the bathroom can often be overlooked. Some homeowners won’t even touch a bathroom unless a leak or some other problem makes it necessary. This is a really poor way to look at it however given how much time we spend in the bathroom between bathing, getting ready to face the day and a few other things. Your bathroom is just as deserving of attention as any other room of your home.
Of course the why doesn’t really matter, whether remodeling your bathroom because you want to change the look, or doing it because you are already making repairs. So how do you prepare to remodel your bathroom? Here are a few things to keep in mind before the remodel starts.
Prepping for the Remodel
The first thing you’ll need to do is get the bathroom ready for the remodel. Get all of your stuff out, and that could end up being more than you expect. Set aside all of the things you use daily, then start packing up less often used items and organize them by category. This way, all of your makeup, hair care, bathing products and everything else you use in the bathroom will all be kept together so you can put everything back easily when the remodel is complete.
This is also the time to make plans for what you are going to do while the bathroom is inaccessible. If you have another bathroom in the house, you can obviously use that. If you don’t, this can get more tricky and you may want to talk to a neighbor about using their bathroom, rent a portable toilet or even get a hotel room for the duration of the remodel, the last option best for short remodel projects. Not all bathroom remodels keep the room completely inaccessible, but keep it in mind in case your project will put the bathroom out of service for a day or two.
A Clear Remodel Plan
Once you’ve packed everything up and done your best contingency planning, double check your remodel plan to make sure all is in order before the work starts. This includes everything down to choosing paint colors, shower heads and fixtures, countertops and anything else that might be needed for the remodel. The last thing you want is to have to spend even more time halfway through because you hadn’t decided to keep the bathroom wallpaper or not.
This is also when you should decide on construction changes or bathroom additions so they can be planned for accordingly. This might include new cabinets, additional closet shelving or a built-in shower nooks or other accents that will be directly built into the walls. These items generally aren’t a big deal if you plan ahead, but deciding to make changes to a bathroom closet halfway through the job can be a major inconvenience as well as costly.
Remodeling Your Bathroom
Depending on your specific plans, there’s a good chance you are going to need some help. Possibly a plumber or a contractor will help you make changes to the interior or even an electrician to help update the lighting and make sure your wiring is safe in this wet environment. No matter who you need, we are here to help. We can connect you with all types of contractors to help with your project, just give us a call. We want to be your real estate resource for life.