Getting ready for home renovations is easier than you’d think when you know what to do during the remodel time. If you’re planning to go through a bathroom remodel sometime soon, these six steps will prepare you for what’s to come in the best way possible. Check out what they are and start following them!
“Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy. - Saadi
Planning is essential for everything in life, especially when it comes to home renovations. The amount of unexpected things that could happen are huge, but if you plan right, you’ll be able to avoid many of those surprises along the way.
Bathroom renovations can be even trickier if you don’t have a spare bathroom in your house. But talking to your neighbors or maybe spending a couple of days at a relative’s house can be a good way to dodge this issue.
More than that, plan to have all the materials at the site before the construction starts (that’s assuming the company you hire won’t provide the materials themselves). It’s very important that every single thing is already there so the contractors can organize and start working as soon as they arrive.
Hiring a contractor
Hiring a professional is easy when you know what you’re doing. If by any chance you’re a new homeowner and/or this is the first time you’re dealing with a big home improvement project, there’s something you need to know about hiring a contractor:
they’re always worth it!
That being said, you need to know how to interview them so you know you’re getting a reliable service. Here are the questions you need to ask:
- How much experience do you have?
- Have you performed this type of service before?
- Are you licensed, insured and bonded?
- Can you get all the permits required?
- Will you sign a contract?
These are some basic things every professional contractor needs to have the answer to on the tip of their tongues. If they fail to provide an answer or give unsatisfying answers, then you’ll know you need to move on and hire someone else. Otherwise, if everything checks out and you feel confident with the talk, go for it!
Of course, this will already be a part of planning your project, but it doesn’t cost me to write a whole topic about it. When renovating a bathroom, you need to keep in mind how you want it to look once it’s done.
Will you want a modern bathroom? Or something more classic? Maybe a rustic vibe?
You can keep an eye on the latest bathroom trends and find something that will go with your home style. After all, you’ll be using that bathroom everyday, so be sure to pick something you really love.
Don’t rush into anything
Following that note, remember that in a project like this, you can’t rush into anything. Not in picking a tile pattern, not in finishing the bathroom remodel with urgency, let alone in hiring a contractor. Be sure to have enough time to do it all with patience and dedication!
The schedule is very important. I mean, VERY important. It’s what will determine how you’ll be living during the days of the remodel. Especially if you have children in the house and don’t have a spare bathroom to use, you will need to come up with a plan - whether that involves going to a relative’s house or asking a favor to the neighbors.
If the renovation you’re doing is simpler, such as a painting project or replacing bathroom features, then you can talk to your contractor and figure the best time when nobody will be home to get in the way of the job.
Have fun with it
It doesn’t matter how much experience you have with home improvement projects, even the best of us can get worked up and go a little crazy along the way. The best tip I can give you is to try having fun with the whole project. Remember that you’re doing this to have a better place to live in. Focus on the prize and you’ll be just fine!
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