3 Major Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes & How to Avoid Them
Remodeling your bathroom seems like a fantastic idea. It’s a fun project and saves you plenty of money. You know exactly what you’re doing, right? Chances are you have a general idea of what you’re doing but might not be entirely qualified to perform all tasks.
Maybe you have a different idea for the flooring or underestimated expenses. These mistakes can be costly, slow your progress, or be the cause for significant repairs in the future. Let’s review a few bathroom remodeling mistakes and how to avoid them!
Moving Fixtures Without a Plumber
Yes, calling a plumber can increase the amount you spend on your bathroom remodel. However, this increased cost is lowered over time by not having to pay for repairs in the future.
Someone probably told you, “do it right or don’t do it at all.” If this was never said, take heed: putting half the effort or money into a project will only cause problems. Moving fixtures with a plumber’s help will:
- Improve water flow.
- Limit the risk of water damage.
- Ensure there are no leaks.
- Repair any mold or water damage from old fixtures.
Carpet flooring is a bad idea in bathrooms. Sure, it’s nice to step out of the shower onto something other than cold tiles, however, moisture and the inability to dry carpet thoroughly is begging for mildew and mold.
Because it’s almost impossible to clean or keep dry leads to other problems, including damage to the wood foundation that often runs under carpeting, it’s best to leave them out of your next bathroom remodel project.
Forgetting Your Budget
Taking on a bathroom remodeling project yourself can save you some money. While this is nice, if you forget about your budget or don’t make one to begin with, you may end up out of money with a half-finished washroom. Follow these steps to make and stick to a budget:
- Dream Big: Figure out what materials you’d love to use, items to replace, and ideal flooring.
- Revise the List: Take those big dreams and figure out what is doable and what are must-haves, wants, and impossible.
- Research: Every material you’ll use should be researched for the best price – always be sure to compare multiple options for the best choices.
- Allow for Overages: Many contractors recommend adding about 30% of your total cost to the budget. This allows for repairs or forgotten necessities.
Remembering your budget and using it wisely will prevent stretching your finances too thin as well as the annoyance of putting a project on hold.
Professional Help May Not Cost as Much as You Think
After determining your budget and what it will cost you to complete a bathroom remodel yourself, consult a professional. There is a decent chance that you can hire them for specific projects or for the entire project.
The idea behind this is to prevent problems in the long-run and additional costs from faulty installations or missed steps. If you’d like to discuss a bathroom remodel with a professional or maybe get some advice on where to start, give Heidler, Inc a call!