Bathrooms are one of those things you’ve just gotta have. Whether you’re moving into an old house, you’re a developer, or you’re renovating your current property… there comes a time when a bathroom needs to be replaced and or updated.
The question is… do you hire someone to do the work… or do you do it yourself? The benefits of doing it yourself are clear: you’ll save money, you’ll get to finish things just the way you like, you’ll be your own boss. This isn’t for the faint hearted though. In fact, the bigger projects can seem insurmountably daunting, with only the bravest and most experienced of D.I.Yers attempting such a feat.
The key do doing any do-it-yourself work is planning. Once you’ve finished planning… do some more planning. Plan, plan, plan! Make sure you know exactly what you want to fit. Inspect the area and measure up. Remember to measure everything at least twice — you don’t want to make mistakes when ordering sizes or cutting things down to size… these can lead to costly mistakes.
Get your budget in order. Are you planning a small bathroom? If so, and pending style options, plan to only spend a few thousand dollars. Are you on the other end of the spectrum? Is the bathroom area in excess of 10 square foot? Are you planning designers styling and high-quality items? If so… prepare to be shocked by the price. Another thing to consider is overspend! It will happen. Plan an additional 15 to 25 percent on top of your starting budget. If you don’t spend the additional money, be sure to treat yourself… but if you do… you don’t want to be caught out.
Always consider hiring someone to do the work… swallow your pride if you have to — there’s no shame in getting stuck. Some things need very specialized skills… so maybe you want to employ someone to complete certain tasks. Make sure you schedule lots of time if you’re doing it yourself. Much like your budget, double your original estimates. You can be sure you’ll find surprises that will slow you down. Another top tip is to take stock of your progress regularly. Reassess your plans and continuously update your forecast for completion.
Sourcing items to put in your bathroom will be tough for all the wrong reasons. There are plenty of vendors to choose from… with makes narrowing down your options tricky. We recommend you spend a few weeks or months studying the market. Gauge how much things cost and get a feel for what you want and how much you want to pay. This simple but effective approach will help you no end, saving you money, time and effort.
Plumbing: If you don’t have any experience in this area… we strongly recommend you leave this to the professionals. Water damage is nasty and is more often than not… very expensive to fix. You want your plumbing to be installed correctly the first time. So, again, employ someone unless you really know what you’re doing!