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Bathroom Remodeling – Things To Consider

April 18th, 2011

Are you planning to remodel your bathroom? If your answer is yes, then first make sure you ask a qualified person to give you some tips. In comparison to a kitchen where you can install new gadgets and refinish the existing cabinets without changing anything else, bathroom remodeling is a little bit difficult. If you decide to change tiles, you cannot replace just them, but the floor has to be ripped out as well. And before you replace the floor you need to remove the sink and toilet. In older homes it is harder to replace tiles because they typically need replacement, meaning that a new floor and new tiles have to be installed. Many homeowners choose to do the entire job all at once without changing the floor after they have already removed everything else from the bathroom.

It’s less expensive to get a turnkey estimate at the beginning. That’s a start-to-finish job that would include tearing out old fixtures and replacing with new ones. This way, the homeowner is in control of what the whole job will cost. They can choose fixtures – good, better or best – and decide how much they can afford to spend. There are no hidden costs.

The only area to substantially save money during remodeling is in choosing the location and type of fixtures in your new bathroom. Due to building codes, as soon as you move the toilet, your costs will skyrocket. Often it’s best to leave fixtures where they were when remodeling – just upgrade to new fixtures.

Although many homeowners try to save money by doing the work themselves, bathroom remodeling should usually be left to a professional. Bathrooms can often present problems for amateurs that can become costly mistakes. For example, installing a tub faucet or drain can often jar pipes that are concealed behind walls or above ceilings.

In order to stop the water damage resulting from these loose pipes, a contractor must tear down the wall – a task most do-it-yourselfers are not equipped to handle. A professional with the proper tools and training will be able to handle any unforeseen problems and avoid those that can plague do-it-yourselfers.

Many people are under the impression that they will spend a lot of money if they call a professional contractor, but most professionally done jobs actually cost much less than repairing a do-it-yourselfer’s mistakes

The number one reason people remodel their bathrooms is to improve the value of their homes. Other reasons for remodeling include water damage to floors or walls and increasing storage space.

For more tips on how to remodel a bathroom visit our plumbing blog

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