1.      Figure out your needs vs wants.

What things do you need to do in your bathroom remodel? What are somethings that would be nice to have? Set your priorities at the beginning.

2.      Do Research.

How much will things cost? Make sure you have a strong understanding of what the cost of tile, fixtures, etc. are so you can set a realistic budget.

3.      Set a ballpark budget.

The real cost will also include labor and any surprises behind the walls. But you want to have a rough idea of what the cost is before you meet with a contractor.

4.      Get estimates.

Not just one. Get multiple (more than three!) estimates before you start working with any contractors. This will help you establish how much the job will cost.

5.      Ask for referrals.

If you want a reputable contractor, you need to do your due diligence. This means reading reviews, asking for referrals and speaking with your top choice contractors in person!

6.      Prepare to lose your bathroom.

What are your options for taking a shower or using the bathroom while its going under remodel? You need a plan; it’ll be out of commission for a few weeks!

7.      Don’t move the plumbing!

Want to keep your costs down? Don’t move the plumbing! Switching your sing and toilet around might look easy, but there are tons of costs involved in moving the plumbing!

8.      Don’t underestimate the importance of lighting in a bathroom!

Dim lighting is nice for a relaxing bath; bright lights are great for shaving or applying makeup. By adding more overall lighting, you can make a small bathroom seem larger!

9.      Ventilation!

Moisture is your bathroom’s greatest enemy! Mold and mildew don’t take long to ruin your newly finished bathroom. Install a vent fan with the appropriate CFMs for the square footage of your bathroom. It should be one CFM per square foot of the bathroom.

10.  Stay involved.

Communicate with your contractor on a daily basis. It’s a great way to avoid surprises. It’s your home; your money. Be a part of the process.

There are benefits and cons for both sides of this question.  Today we are going to look at both sides…

 PROS (of doing all the renovations at once – and you temporarily live elsewhere).

  • No bad air to breathe in (dust, toxic gases, etc.)
  • If it’s an older home, you don’t have to worry about coming into contact with asbestos
  • One big house move instead of recurrent smaller moves (moving things from one room to another).
  • Costs can and likely will go up over time, so the more you do at once, the less expensive it will be.
  • You won’t have to live in renovation messes for potentially years.

CONS

  • You’re less likely to be able to do as many of the renovations yourself (because the longer it takes, the longer you’re living elsewhere – racking up more costs).
  • More expensive – costs add up (ie. contractors, electricians, interior design specialist, etc.)
  • You have to pay for a place to stay – or have to live with family.
  • You spend all your money at once – leaving less money around for unpredictable emergencies.

Some final thoughts and considerations…

  1. Can your projects be contained to one room at a time? Are you disciplined to stick to and complete one room at a time?
  2. Think about your family’s stress level, mental health and overall safety during these renovations.
  3. Be realistic about the time, energy and money it will take for you to complete these renovations.

There isn’t a right or wrong answer… It all comes down to your personal preference and what’s best for you and the people you live with.

Here are five of the biggest mistakes people make:

1.      Not planning ahead.

This is one of the biggest mistakes. When you’re not sure what you truly want for your home, or you want to many things all at once, you could end up wasting a lot of time, money and resources on a renovation project.

Keep in mind that it’s not the contractor’s responsibility to make the decisions. You have to create the direction for contractors to follow. A good renovation company will usually advise you on what you can do to improve your home, but you’re the one who needs to have a clear plan of what and why you’re renovating in the first place.

2.      Not following regulatory guidelines.

Permits are required in many cities. Starting without getting the specific permits first can get you in trouble and leave you facing big fines. Before you start, make sure you’ve checked off all the regulatory hurdles.

3.       Using the first contractor you find.

Often times people are too lazy to ask for references, but asking previous customers about the provided service can be the best resource you can have when gauging a contractor’s skill. You can find out so much about a contractor based on the experience of a past customer.

4.       Not having a realistic budget.

Before you begin, you need to determine how much your renovations will cost and then add an additional 10% for unexpected problems and potential upgrades. (Some say this percentage should be higher)! Once you’ve determined your budget, be sure to track expenses. You want to stay on track so your project stays well within the determined budget.

5.       Getting to “Flashy.”

If you think you might be selling your house in the foreseeable future, you might want to rethink the purple walls that seem like a great idea right now. You want to think about what a potential buyer might think about the renovations. Those changes might be really cool to you, but the buyer might not agree and it could end up hurting you and costing more money in the future.

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This question is a great place to start when doing home renovations. There are a few things that you should figure out before you call a renovation company.

Every project uses the same process to prepare and accomplish the remodeling contract. The amount of detail, the complexity of the project and the cost may differ each time, but the steps that the homeowner needs to take are always the same.

Here are some of the things you need to do before you begin:

1.      Define what you want to do.

2.      Create a list of needs – all the essential projects

3.      Create a lists of wants – your wish list

4.      Determine your budget – the amount you are able and willing to spend.

You want to be as detailed as possible – if you don’t really know what you need or want, how can the reno team provide an exceptional solution.

The hardest part of any home renovation project isn’t the work itself. It’s finding a competent and reliable contractor to do the job. Everyone has heard the horror stories of contractors who tore apart the kitchen and never returned or created a project three times more than the contractor’s original estimate.

Choosing the right contractor can make the difference between a successful home renovation and a disaster. But even experienced renovators find it a challenge at times to find the right contractor for the job.

If you are doing a large project, you will need a general contractor. They will usually hire subcontractors for specialty work such as plumbing and electrical work. Homeowners with renovation experience sometimes work as their own general contractors, hiring specific tradespeople for each job.

While this can save you money, it can also be time-consuming as it means multiple contractor searches instead of just one as you’ll have to find a specialist for each smaller job.

Whichever way you go, there are steps you can take to find the right contractor while keeping your budget and stress under control!

Once you’ve done the first four steps outlined above, you’ll want to do the following:

1.      Ask friends, relatives and co-workers for references.

2.      Interview at least three contractors.

3.      Expect a contractor to be too busy to start right away – the best are the busy ones!

4.      Ask what work will be done by the contractor’s employees and what work will be done by the subcontractors.

5.      Check licenses, complaints and litigation history.

6.      Check references.

7.      Read online reviews – they aren’t everything, but it will offer a bit of insight on the contractor’s work.

8.      Sign a detailed contract.

9.      Get the proper permits.

10.  Don’t pay more than ten percent of the job total before the job starts.

11.  Don’t sign a contract for your entire renovation budget.

12.  Negotiate ground rules – what hours they can work at your home, what kind of notice they’ll get and what bathroom the workers can use.

13.  Talk to the contractor frequently.

14.  Verify insurance coverage.

15.   Don’t make the final payment until the job is 100% complete.