Avoiding these seven common mistakes during your bathroom remodel could save you thousands of dollars.
DO NOT RUSH! Now that you have committed yourself to the idea of a new bathroom, you probably want it done ASAP. Be aware that the number one cause of cost overrun is poor preparation. Ideally, you should spend several weeks on the planning so that when you hire a contractor, you already know what it is that you want and will get you your project start date right away. If you don’t have Pinterest or Houzz account yet, GET ONE! You’ll be glad you did. Both these websites let you keep digital idea boards of just about everything you could possibly imagine.
SKILLED LABOR IS IMPORTANT! Of course the DIY approach is an effective way to trim costs, but you should really the work to the professionals. There are so many trades that go into completing a bathroom remodel; plumbers, electricians, masonry, cabinet makers, etc… It definitely pays to find a great general contractor to handle the whole project. Make sure the residential contractor you choose is up to date with license and insurance, including workers comp. Make sure the estimate is thorough and DO NOT automatically just go with the lowest bid (that is a recipe for a disaster).
DO NOT CUT CORNERS! One of the most frequent mistake is cutting cost by purchasing cheap materials. Buying cheap materials for a room that is used several times a day means that it will wear faster and things will have to fixed more periodically. Dishing out a little more on the good stuff means warranties and better longevity on material wear.
DO NOT BUY PRODUCTS ONLINE WITHOUT ALREADY HAVING SEEN THEM IN PERSON! It is great to go online for researching products and design ideas, but materials and finishes are not always as they appear on a computer. We highly recommend visiting a show room with your contractor.