Bathroom renovations are an excellent way to add value to your home and to bring it up to modern standards. They can also be incredibly stressful and time-consuming. We’ve all heard disaster stories about simple bathroom renovations going over budget and taking weeks to complete. To prevent this, we’ve compiled some tips that we think will help you get the bathroom of your dreams with ease.
Work Out Your Time Frame
One of the most significant limitations of a bathroom renovation is time. You should first figure out how much time you have to complete the renovation. Are you planning to have the bathroom renovated for a special occasion? Are you planning on spending a whole season on the renovation? Knowing how long you have allows you to put in place realistic deadlines and expectations. It also gives you a good idea of what you can do yourself and if you’ll need to work with a contractor.
Make a List of Changes
Bathroom renovations can be as big or as small as you want them to be. It’s a good idea to compile a list of all the changes you’re planning to make. Making a list is essential if you’re planning a large-scale remodel, where it’s easy to forget about changes until the last minute. Listing everything you want to change will also help you plan your budget accordingly.
When you start drawing up your budget, don’t start with listing the items you want to buy. Instead, set a limit of what you’re willing to spend, and consider what you can afford to do. Once you have a rough idea of what you can spend, you can list the items you need to buy, and add in the cost of labour if you’re working with a contractor.
A budget is great because it can force you to be creative. By making compromises based on what you can afford, you can let your imagination loose and find interesting alternatives to expensive fixtures and fittings.
You should also add a bit of wiggle room to your budget. Not all renovations go smoothly, and the bathroom renovator may find problems that must be fixed before the renovation can continue. If you’ve planned your budget down to the last cent, this can be a disaster. However, if you add a 10% emergency fund to your budget, you’ll be able to fund these extra costs with ease.
Work with the Best
A bathroom renovation is only as good as the renovator who works on it. It’s no good having the best fittings if the installation is poor. While it’s tempting to try and save money on contractors, it may cost you more money in the long run.
Finding a reputable bathroom renovator isn’t as difficult as you may think. Speak to friends and family to get recommendations, and wherever possible, visit their homes to see what the finished product looks like after it’s finished. You should quickly be able to get a good idea of which renovators you should work with and who to avoid.