Bathroom Remodeling Checklist
A Bathroom Remodeling Checklist should be part
of Every Bathroom Remodeling Project
By: Mark J. Donovan
A bathroom is one of the most valued
and utilized rooms in a house. Accordingly, choosing to remodel your bathroom is
a great project for increasing the value of your home. Though for many
homeowners they do not know where to begin in a bathroom remodeling project. A
bathroom remodeling checklist can help. A bathroom remodeling checklist provides
a plan and schedule for successfully tackling a bathroom remodeling project.
With paper and pen, you can quickly begin to create your own bathroom remodeling
The process of creating a bathroom
remodeling checklist is in essences, the conversion of a series of questions
into an outline to form a plan of action. By going through this process you can
create your own complete bathroom remodeling checklist and improve the
likelihood of success in your bathroom remodeling endeavors.
To help you get started in developing
your own bathroom remodeling checklist, I have summarize below the high level
items that you should include in your bathroom remodeling checklist.
Keep in mind that this is only a high
level checklist, and that there are many more details that you will need to fill
in to complete your own bathroom remodeling checklist.
Summary Bathroom Remodeling
Finance Options for Your Bathroom Remodeling Project
Presuming you do not plan to pay cash
for your bathroom remodeling project, you will need to obtain financing.
Visit a few local banks to understand
your loan options and to determine how much you can borrow. With a better
understanding of the funds you can borrow, you can establish a baseline bathroom
the Goals of Your Bathroom Remodeling Project
Assess your bathroom remodeling goals
within the context and confines of your existing bathroom space. For example, is
the bathroom area large enough to support a large Jacuzzi tub, and/or a separate
custom ceramic tile shower?
Write down your bathroom remodeling
design goals so that you can share them with either an architect or a bathroom
designer. They can also help evaluate your bathroom remodeling options to see
what is feasible.
Remodeling Design Plans
Depending upon the complexity of your
bathroom remodeling project you may need to employ the services of an architect.
If you plan to move walls, and change electrical outlet and fixture locations,
you will more than likely need to hire one.
If, on the other hand, your bathroom
remodeling project simply involves replacing the bathroom vanity, flooring and
wall coverings you may be able to get away with just your own bathroom design
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a Bathroom Remodeling Contractor
Again, if your bathroom remodeling
project involves moving walls, and electrical and plumbing fixtures, then you
will most likely need to hire a bathroom remodeling contractor.
Use your bathroom remodeling plans to
meet with prospective bathroom remodeling contractors and obtain contractor
bids. Make sure you take the time and effort to carefully review each bathroom
remodeling contractor bid to determine which contractor is right for your
bathroom remodeling project.
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Financing (If Required)
Once you have identified your
bathroom remodeling contractor and have a formal cost estimate you can then
complete the process of obtaining financing.
Bathroom Remodeling Permits
With a bathroom remodeling project
you may or may not need to pull permits. It depends upon the complexity of the
remodeling project and what contractor trades are required. Again, if you are
moving walls, changing/adding electrical outlets and plumbing fixtures you will
indeed need to pull permits.
of Bathroom Remodeling
Once you have your bathroom
remodeling permits in hand you are ready to begin the first step of your
bathroom remodeling project, removing the existing bathroom fixtures. Depending
upon what you negotiated with your bathroom remodeling contractor you may, or
may not, have to do this work yourself.
After removing the existing bathroom
fixtures the real remodeling work can begin. Start and completion dates for the
bathroom remodeling work should have been included in the construction timeline
provided by your contractor.
your Bathroom Remodeling Contractor’s Work Regularly
Presuming you are living in the home
throughout the bathroom remodeling effort, it will be fairly easy to monitor
your contractor’s performance and craftsmanship. If you see issues, make sure
you promptly bring them to the attention of your contractor. Holding off telling
the contractor about an issue will only cost you more money and aggravation in
the end. Do not, though, constantly pepper your contractor with questions and
petty issues. This is the fastest way to see your contractor walk off the job,
which will inevitably lead to cost overruns and delays. To put it succinctly,
make sure the contractor is remodeling your bathroom to plans, period.
Bathroom Remodeling Inspections
If permits are required in your
bathroom remodeling project, make sure that upon completion of major milestones,
e.g. the rough in of new plumbing, that either you or the remodeling contractor
contact the building inspector to arrange for an inspection.
Obtain Final Inspection
If there were permits pulled, once
the bathroom remodeling project is complete have the building inspector come in
to make the final inspection and approve of the work.
With the final inspection complete,
your newly remodeled bathroom is ready for use.
It is important to remember that this
is a summary bathroom remodeling checklist. There are many other detailed steps
along the way that will need to be taken into consideration depending upon your
unique bathroom remodeling requirements. For example, if your bathroom
remodeling plans call for a Jacuzzi tub, the installation of larger supply line
pipes will most likely be required. This type of issue needs to be addressed
early so that new supply lines can be snaked up from the lower levels of the
a more comprehensive bathroom remodeling checklist, see my
Bathroom Remodeling Bid Sheet. The Bathroom Remodeling Bid
Sheet provides a request for quote checklist section that you can provide to
prospective bathroom remodeling contractors. It also includes a comprehensive
bathroom remodeling cost breakdown table, in Microsoft Excel format, that allows
the contractor to include his projected remodeling costs for every phase of the
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