how to prepare a bath remodel

Knowing how to prepare for a bath remodel is very important to get the results you want and to stay within budget. If you don't have an actionable plan, you'll go through the process unorganized and that will blow your costs sky-high. For any home improvement project, you need more than inspiration, you need to know the steps you'll have to take to get the right finished product. Much like having to dismantle a floating deck, your bathroom remodel will simply be the building steps in reverse. In other words, you'll undo what's done but the good news is, it won't be a total demo; that is, unless you do plan to gut the room and start with a blank slate.

How to Prepare a Bath Remodel

One of your first tasks is to decide how to deal with hazardous waste. If the home is an older one, it might contain asbestos and at the very least, you'll have paint stripper, primer, paint, and other hazardous materials to dispose of throughout the remodeling process. Be sure to store these things safely, away from children and pets. You'll also have to have a plan for what you'll do if there's only one bathroom in the home. Even if this is a quick weekend project, there will be inconveniences, to say the least.

Renovating a bathroom is an enormous task that at times can feel overwhelming. There are many factors to take into consideration before starting your project. Everything from the budget, to the tile design and layout, to selecting fixtures, has to be carefully considered. Once you have those set, call a contractor begin the real fun! While this can certainly be a bit exhausting, there are steps that you can take to minimize your stress levels and help ensure that your project runs smoothly from concept to completion.

Another consideration is to think about what you'll do with the existing materials. For instance, if you have to remove drywall from shiplap and replace the wall materials, you could repurpose the shiplap. It could be used to make shelving, a table, or a decorative feature. The point is to try to reuse as much as possible to cut down on cost and to give materials a new lease on life. Here are some more tips for how to prepare for a bathroom remodel:

  • Set a realistic remodel timeframe. When it comes to home improvement, there's no such thing as a perfect plan but failure to plan is a one way ticket to trouble. Understand how long each change will make and set a realistic timeframe.
  • Make a list of what's going to be done. Though this seems all-too-obvious, too many homeowners just go with a general idea but don't take time to list all the work. This not only helps determine how long it will take, but also, serve as a checklist.
  • Determine your budget, including contingency funds. If there's one thing about remodeling, it's there is always a distinct possibility problems will arise. Have a contingency fund of at least 15 percent in your budget so you don't break the bank.
  • Call in a professional contractor if you don't have the DIY skills. When you start with a bath remodel, you'll soon discover if you have the DIY skills to actually make it happen. If you run into trouble early on, do yourself a favor and have a licensed contractor take over.

Before you actually begin the demolition and tear out, be sure to phone 800-433-1094 or visit Haul Junk Away to schedule remodeling debris cleanup and removal. Our crew will come right out and cleanup the debris and haul it away for you so you can just keep on working to get it done.

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