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DIY Bathroom Remodeling or Hiring a Contractor

Whether to do your bathroom remodeling as a DIY project or whether you decide on hiring a contractor is a decision only you can make. Assess your skills honestly if you planning this as a diy bathroom remodeling project. 

If indeed, you are very handy, you may be able to do much of the remodel on a do-it-yourself basis, and just hire professionals to do some of the wiring or plumbing. This will partially depend on how extensive a bathroom remodel you are planning.

If your new bathroom fixtures will be in the same place as the old ones, the plumbing should be fairly manageable. Bathroom electrical wiring is a serious matter from a safety standpoint. Consider what needs to be done, and if you have the needed skill to complete the job.

Hiring a contractor for bathroom remodeling 

If you hire a contractor to do the bathroom remodeling, get several estimates, and get referrals from previous clients. If you are fortunate enough to have a friend who has used a contractor and been pleased by the experience this may shorten the process.

Permits are another matter to consider. If you are undertaking remodeling your bathroom on a do it yourself basis you will need to check into what permits are needed in your area before you get started. If you hire a contractor, find out if the contractor will be responsible for the permits, and if so make sure he gets them. And above all, get it in black and white. You should get written itemized estimates of cost for the bathroom remodel from your contractor and specifically what the cost covers, and also a start and finish date.

You'll also have to decide how you will manage the purchase of fixtures. Will you buy them yourself, or will the contractor buy them? Certainly some shopping is called for, in any case. You will want to do some comparison shopping yourself, so you know the value of what you are getting, and also so you can see what is available. Showers and bathtubs offer many features these days such as water jets, massage, steam and more. Shower heads are also very diverse in what features they offer.

You should comparison shop for fixtures, bathroom flooring, surface materials, faucets and bathroom vanity furniture and have a bathroom remodeling plan before you consider hiring a contractor.

There are many wonderful items these days that can add to the pleasure your new bathroom will give. If you haven't looked at bathroom fixtures, cabinetry and accessories for a while it will be well worth your time.

Shopping around will help you firm up your ideas so that whether you embark on a do it yourself bath remodel or contract it out, you have your ideas in place and can work up a firm bathroom remodeling plan for either you or the contractor you hire. You may find some additional help in forming your plan by looking at the bathroom remodeling checklist.


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