The fall season is a great time of year to make a few updates to your Connecticut home. But where do you start? One renovation that adds both functionality and value is a bathroom remodel.
Whether you’re just adding a new coat of paint or updating the entire design with a new vanity and tub, a bathroom remodel is an exciting home project. To avoid costly mistakes, it’s important that you stay organized and on track from start to finish. Use this checklist to help you make smart choices and ensure that your bathroom renovation goes as planned.
1. Design and Plan
Once you’ve made the decision to remodel your bathroom, you’ll need a solid idea and plan for the design. Without a clear picture of what you want your bathroom to look like when the renovation is complete, you may run into mistakes that cost you money and time. A good design plan ensures that the contractor you hire knows exactly what you want and can work within your budget and schedule to complete the remodel.
For ideas and inspiration for your new bathroom, look at home improvement magazines and online for the latest design trends. You’ll also want to get swatches from your local paint store to help you finalize the color scheme. Don’t forget to take functionality into consideration as well. Take the time to choose a toilet, tub, and fixtures that are both appealing and practical for your needs.
2. Build a Contractor List
Depending on what changes you’re making, bathroom renovations can be complex. Don’t make the mistake of thinking your bathroom remodel is a DIY project. The last thing you want is to put you and your family at risk when renos aren’t done correctly. It’s best to hire qualified contractors who have the expertise and skills to do the job right the first time. Make a list of the contractors your remodel will require, such as electrical, plumbing, and tiling.
When you’re ready to hire, look for local contractors in your area and get recommendations from family and friends for a qualified professional. Before hiring, contact each specialized contractor on your list to compare estimates.
3. Be in the Know About Permits
You won’t need a permit for smaller bathroom makeovers if you’re just adding a new coat of paint or retiling the shower. For larger bathroom remodels, check to see what permits you’ll need if you’re making electrical, plumbing, or structural changes.
Once you know what permits are required, you’ll be able to get them at your local government office. Keep in mind that as an extra safety precaution, some local government regulations require that any electrical work be independently inspected and certified.
4. Create a Budget
How much do you want to spend on your bathroom remodel? Setting a budget will help you decide all the details of your renovation and keep you from spending more than you planned.
Include these points when creating a budget:
- Cost of all materials and supplies
- Expected cost of labor
- Permit costs and fees
- Certification and inspection fees
You may also want to factor in any loss of income if you need to take a day or two off work to be at home to complete the remodel.
5. Financing Your Bathroom Reno
If you need financing for your bathroom remodel, consider going to a local bank for a loan. To be prepared for any unexpected costs, apply for financing that’s 20 percent more than your estimated budget.
Is it time to update and redesign your bathroom? Call a HomeAdvisor bathroom remodeler in Connecticut.
This Patch article is sponsored by HomeAdvisor.