Whenever people think about remodeling their bathroom, they get excited. The perfect bathroom is indeed the dream of many Ottawa homeowners, and the chance to get it often makes them overlook all the things required to get there. Take it from us: you don’t want to underestimate how labor-intensive remodeling a bathroom can be in the Ottawa region.
Here are three things that people often overlook and how to avoid these pitfalls.
1. You Can’t Remodel your Bathroom Without a Plan
Remodeling a bathroom is not like spring cleaning your closet. You cannot simply jump in and hope to have the job done in one day. Jumping into a project blindly is going to cost you a lot more money than you anticipated in the long run, and it will also prevent you from finishing quickly. Even when the bathroom is small, you need a plan. Outline the goals of the bathroom remodeling, figure out your budget, and then you should consult with a bathroom contractor or interior design company to see if what you want to do is feasible.
2. Don’t Do The Entire Project Alone
Even people who do DIY regularly tend to get flummoxed by bathrooms. While you can lay tile, install flooring, change fixtures, paint walls, and figure out how to connect a vanity to the electric, bathroom appliances can be a bit more taxing. Anything that connects to the plumbing or duct work is going to require a more experienced and professional hand.
For example, if you plan on replacing your tub, installing a new show stall, redoing the wiring, or want to re-tile an entire wall where plumbing is located, you will need to consider if your abilities are enough. If not, save yourself the time, money, and frustration, and hire a professional.
3. Avoid Mistakes and Surprises
The priciest mistakes are the ones made by people who didn’t do a double-check. In other words, when you go out and by the new plumbing fixtures, select the new flooring, buy the exhaust fan covers, and illumination, are you getting the correct kind? Are the fixtures going to fit? Is the flooring made for humid and wet conditions? Do you know where the plumbing pipes are and if you are going to need a new design? Is the ventilation going to be up to code? Will the lighting be enough?
In other words, you will need to consult with professionals or do some research to make sure everything is going to be okay. Your remodeling project can get extremely expensive if you need to reorganize pipes and wires or if you overlook electrical and plumbing code requirements. Also, if you make a mistake, it often costs twice as much to repair it than it would have been to do it right the first time around.
Now that you know 3 classic pitfalls of bathroom remodeling projects, keep them in mind. Remember that you should always consider what you can do alone, and don’t be afraid to ask for help from a professional bathroom contractor or plumber.