Hiring a professional contractor to do a bathroom remodel is a smart option, especially if you don’t have the time or desire to undertake a DIY renovation. However, you don’t want to choose a contractor based solely on cost. Here are the key questions to ask your bathroom remodeling contractor:
Before seriously considering a contractor, you should get a better idea of their experience. Ask them for photos and info on completed renovations that they’ve done. They should also be willing and able to provide you with references who can attest to the quality of their work. Experience is important in ensuring that the remodel is done correctly.
It’s important to find out if the contractor and their crew will clean up after themselves. If the current bathroom will be undergoing any sort of demolition, you want to know that you won’t be left cleaning up the mess. Ask if they’ll be hauling away the materials that are removed, such as broken tiles, fixtures, and hardware. The cost of removal for large amounts of materials may fall on you, or it may be included in the contract. Be sure to find out in advance of any demolition work.
In addition to a cost estimate, the contractor should be able to give you an estimated timeline for the project. They should be able to go through each step and explain how long it may take. One thing that you don’t want to have is the contractor begin work and then disappear for days or weeks at a time. You don’t want to be left with a bathroom in disrepair. A quality contractor will value your time and appreciate the need to complete the project within a reasonable time frame.
The warranty question is a critical one for protecting your home. Ask the contractor if they guarantee the quality of their work and if they provide a warranty as a part of their contract. This is to protect elements of a remodel like plumbing and electrical work, which can be costly to repair, if not done properly the first time. As for the materials that you select as part of the renovation, such as tiles, flooring, fixtures, etc., the contractor may be able to provide you with the information regarding manufacturer warranties. Having a warranty gives you peace of mind.
Choosing the right contractor can mean the difference between achieving the remodel results you desire or getting stuck with a failed renovation that leaves you feeling ripped off. Take the time to ask these questions, as well as any others that you may have. Do this before you sign any contracts or agree to begin a bathroom remodel. A qualified, trustworthy contractor will take pride in their reputation. They’ll offer a warranty, stick to a reasonable timeline, and will make sure that you get the finished bathroom you want.
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With the start of the New Year, many homeowners are making New Year’s resolutions – home and bathroom remodeling projects typically rank high on the list. Taking on a remodel in any room of the home can be overwhelming to think about, but with proper planning, the right materials, and a skilled team, it can go smoothly. Creating a plan well in advance of the start of the remodel will help take the stress out of the process.
Explore Each Element
One of the most exciting aspects to a remodel is getting to select the materials. The right fixtures, flooring, tiles, and other design elements will impact and enhance the space. During the planning stage, think about which elements you desire in the design. For bathrooms, consider the tub and sink style, countertops, and color scheme. If you wish to change the layout of the space, take some measurements before you begin browsing specific items.
Set a Budget
When planning, don’t overlook the budget. Before any work begins, think about how much you are willing to spend to refresh and remodel the space. For bathrooms, you can easily spend on high end materials. It is worthwhile to put money in to the room, as you are likely to get that back with increased home value. Start with a basic budget, and then allow for wiggle room if you end up choosing features that cost a little more than you may have anticipated.
Start the New Year off right with a good plan in place for your next bathroom remodeling project. Breathe new life into your space and give it a face lift by adding fresh new features. By beginning the planning process now, you will save yourself both time and stress once you’re ready to begin the project.
Columbus Bath Design Systems of Ohio works with you from start to finish to not only help select the best options for your needs, but also to take the stress out of the equation. Contact us today to begin exploring design options.
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