So, you’ve decided to hire a professional bathroom remodeling contractor—smart move. While a bathroom remodel is conceivably a DIY job, the complexity of this job means that hiring a pro isn’t such a bad idea. Because difficult operations (electrical, tiling, plumbing, etc.) are involved, you save yourself a load of misery and time by hiring a contractor. What’s involved in this process?
- They Aren’t Necessarily Bathroom Designers: Some bathroom remodeling contractors are full-scale operations, inclusive of everything that has to do with renovating a bathroom. They take care of you, from initial design to the very last towel bar that gets screwed into the wall. But other bathroom remodeling contractors want you to come into the project with a bathroom design plan for them to execute.
- You’ll Save Money by Supplying Your Own Materials: No, this doesn’t mean buying stacks of Sheetrock for the contractor to use. But most bathroom remodeling contractors are perfectly fine with you buying the more decorative (and expensive) items on your own, such as towel bars, toilets, light fixtures, mirror, etc. Keep in mind that every item that the contractor purchases gets his or her commission tacked onto it.
- What About Tight Schedules? It’s a terrible thing to do without a bathroom. Even if you have a spare bathroom to use while one is being remodeled, you won’t want the remodeling company tramping through your house for the next six months. Better bathroom remodeling contractors can "promise" tight, well-orchestrated time frames. We use the word "promise" lightly because no contractor in his or her right mind can truly guarantee this.
The Process, in a Nutshell
- Design Stage: Even if this is just a simple toilet/shower/cabinet bathroom remodel, some kind of design or planning must take place. Contractor-designed bathroom remodels may follow any number of tried-and-true template designs.
- Demolition Stage: Is this a complete tear-out and replace project? Then the contractor will arrange for a roll-off dumpster or hauling company to cart away the mess. Even for more minor projects, some kind of demolition will take place.
- Roughing-In Stage: Plumbing and electrical are of key importance in any bathroom remodel. The plumbers and electricians will "rough-in" their work. An inspection is made by city or county officials at this point.
- Installation of Shower/Bath/Toilet Stage: The bathtub or shower are built or installed in accordance with the rough-in. Bathroom sink and toilet, too, are installed.
- Final Pieces: Bathroom flooring is laid. Walls are closed up, and another inspection is made. Bathroom cabinets are put in. Walls are painted. Fixtures are installed.