How to pull off a dream bathroom remodel

Creating a new look for a bathroom does not have to break the bank, but it can if you are not careful. From the preplanning to the final touches, the costs quickly can accumulate if you do not take the proper steps to avoid crucial issues during the process.

By taking these steps, you likely can add significant value to your home and recoup the majority of funds from the remodel itself. Bathroom renovations land in the top ten of best home improvement projects for return on investment with 71 percent of the renovation being recouped, according to Money.com.

Here are ways that your bathroom remodel can be pulled off successfully.

Making a list and checking it twice

By understanding what you need and want in your new bathroom design, you will have a better sense of how to achieve your vision.

You will need to be able to differentiate between functionality and aesthetic, but this list will give you the ability to envision the possibilities of your new bathroom and create an ideal scenario for the remodel.

From there, you will be able to add realism into the mix and figure out what aspects of your vision you can afford. Once you determine what you can and cannot financially achieve, you can begin to look for reasonable approximations to your ideal vision.

For example, you may desire tile, but you may not be able to afford it. However, there are laminate and luxury vinyl options that offer the presentation of tiling for a lower price.

You may need to save as much as possible if facing high costs with a vanity replacement. Between the cabinets, countertops, faucet and sink associated with the vanity, it continues to be perhaps the most expensive aspect of any bathroom remodel, according to RemodelingCosts.org.

A facelift may be the necessary step

Substantial changes to your bathroom may be outside of your budget and could create financial stability issues for years to come, if attempted. The piecemeal attempt to a remodel might be a better option.

Purchasing new fixtures where necessary, such as a water-saving showerhead or a faucet, can be a cost-effective measure. Each step brings you closer and closer to your design vision.

If affordable, painting the bathroom can be an easy and practical move toward a new look, as well.

Friends in low places

This is not the first time someone has taken on a project like a bathroom remodel, making it easy to find information about how to execute it efficiently and cost-effectively. This includes people in your life.

Your social circles can be a surprisingly informative resource when it comes to taking on projects like a bathroom remodel. Talking with those that you know are trade professionals, as well as those that are handy, can allow you to experience informative insight second-hand. This can give you an edge when seeking additional information online.

Social media has offered homeowners enlightening resources to get recommendations on designers, contractors, remodelers, and other trade professionals that are trusted, proven, and experienced. You can read reviews that give accounts of experiences with pros, giving you insights on whom to hire and whom to avoid, while allowing you to compare bids on bathroom remodel projects.

From there, you can contact the trade professionals in question, and schedule a time to view your space and provide a quote for the project. During this meeting, you will need to have questions ready and review their quote thoroughly, in order to avoid any misunderstandings down the road.

Plan, plan, plan

Understanding the potential costs upfront will allow you to plan a budget and stick to it. One of the fastest ways that you can go over budget during a remodel project is by getting stuck with costs that your pro did not account for when estimating the project costs.

During the planning stages, you can speak with your trade professional and seek assurances that all remodel selections are aesthetically pleasing, while also affordable. While they are selecting pieces that fit both your design vision and price range, you should be an active and vital part of that planning process prior to the start of any work.

Additionally, your trade professional can assist you in identifying any costs that can be avoided altogether. For example, if your pro recommends relocating bathroom staples, like the tub, toilet, or vanity, you need to find out why to determine if its truly necessary.

Accent piece

Tile costs can add up quickly, which is why it may be cost-effective to incorporating an accent to your design.

Decorative accents can add shape, movement, shimmer, and dimension into the wall or floor tiling, while saving you money.

Additionally, incorporating accent tiles into a tile design that runs up an entire wall to the ceiling can be a practical way to add a waterproof surface, while saving funds with more significant tile coverage.

Purchasing bathroom mainstays

Major aspects of the bathroom, like bathtubs, toilets and sinks, are essential to the bathroom experience, and staying involved in the selection process can help you remain in control of the cost and quality of these products.

This requires a bit of research and planning. You need to do your due diligence in researching the options and selecting the one that fits both your design and budget.

You also want to align the delivery of these products with the timeline of your bathroom remodel. You won’t want to get to the point of installation and not have them at the ready for your trade professional to install.

The necessity of a payment schedule

You and your pro should arrange a clearly defined and written payment schedule

This allows you to understand the fundamental process of taking on a remodel. While the outcome can be exciting and the prospect of the work can appear intimidating, it is a process that requires diligence and patience. You need to have a clear understanding of your expectations and budgetary limits, while you and your trade professional attempt to create the ideal bathroom.

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