Getting the kitchen of your dreams doesn’t have to be a fantasy; for many homeowners it is a highly achievable goal. All it takes is commitment to a bathroom remodeling project—something that will ultimately require some planning, some budgeting, and some hard work from your contractor or remodeling company! It will also take a little bit of preparation from you, the homeowner. In fact, there are a couple of different levels on which preparation is necessary: You need to prepare by enlisting the best remodeler, and you also need to prepare yourself and your home for the remodeling process, which can leave your family feeling like it’s in a bit of limbo.
Finding the Right Remodeler
First and foremost: Unless your project is extremely small in scope, bathroom remodeling is generally not something to tackle on a DIY basis. You’re going to want to enlist a contractor, and it’s obviously vital to get a contractor you can trust. In many ways, this is the most important thing you can do to prepare for your bathroom remodel. But how do you obtain the best remodeler? Consider the following:
- Always ask to see proof of licensure as well as insurance—liability, worker’s compensation, and property damage. If a company refuses to show you these documents, you should be exceedingly skeptical.
- Ask for references from your contractor, and follow up on them! You might also ask to see photos from some of their previous bathroom remodeling projects. Ask the references about quality of work, cleanliness, and on-schedule completion.
- Finally, always ensure you have a detailed, written proposal before work begins, encompassing materials, timeframe, and overall cost.
Other Ways to Prepare for a Bathroom Remodel
Enlisting a bathroom remodeler is important, but it’s not the only thing you need to do to get ready for your project! Consider the following, as well:
- Ask your contractor to advise you about any permits that are needed from the city, and get a time frame on how long it will take to obtain them. (Often, for bathroom remodeling, permits will not be needed.)
- Ask what will be done at the end of each day to get your home clean. Will it be “broom cleaned” each evening, or are you going to be left with a big mess?
- Hopefully, the bathroom being remodeled is not your only bathroom! If it is, ask the remodelers whether any parts of it will be usable during the process, or else arrange for other bathroom accommodations. (This may mean heading to a hotel for a day or two.)
- Before the remodeling process starts, ask your remodeler if you can have a meeting to ask any questions you have and to go over any project specifics that you remain unclear about.
- Make sure you have a good sense of the work schedule—when the contractors will arrive each morning, when they will leave each evening, and how much progress they expect to make each day. Also know who your contact point is during the project.
- With that said, know that things happen—acts of God or simple, unavoidable delays—and your project may not be finished on time. Make sure you leave a little bit of a cushion for these unplanned delays.
- Make sure your remodeler has a designated dumpster or trash bin to use.
The day before the remodelers arrive, remove anything and everything from your bathroom—towels, knickknacks, valuables—and place drop cloths over the furniture and rugs in nearby rooms. Dust can get out of hand, even when remodelers work hard to contain it.