Not setting a budget or budgeting too little. I can’t stress enough how important it is to go into any bathroom remodeling project with a clear and realistic budget. If you live in an older home, don’t forget to have a contingency fund in case you find mold, old wiring or plumbing problems that must be addressed before any of the aesthetics.
Buying cheap materials. While I have nothing against a good sale and it is important to stay on budget, it is equally as important to buy quality materials. You do get what you pay for and you don’t want to be starting over in a couple of years because of shoddy materials.
Jumping in without a plan. Demolition can be fun, in a messy and destructive sort of way, but don’t get overzealous at the beginning of a project and tear everything out before having a concrete plan. Having a plan that includes any changes to the bathroom’s layout, and exactly what you want to tackle during the renovation will help keep you on track and on budget. It will also prevent costly mistakes like ordering an oversized bathtub that won’t make it up your staircase or finding that your door won’t open all the way because the toilet is in the way.
Taking on more than you can handle. In this DIY era of home improvement blogs, Pinterest and big box renovation stores, it’s easy to get an overinflated sense of our ability to do our own home remodeling. Let’s be honest. A complete bath remodel requires much more knowledge, skills and time than most of us can offer. Hiring a bathroom remodeler can certainly reduce the stress and chaos involved in a major project such as this one and they can help you avoid the other pitfalls of home remodeling.
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