Bathroom remodeling is one of the best home improvement projects you can invest in. If you do it right, you’ll end up with a cozier, more comfortable and inviting bathroom while also increasing the value of your home if you ever decide to sell it.
However, as with any remodeling project, there are pitfalls you should be aware of so you won’t run the risk of falling into them. Here are some of the most common mistakes homeowners make when it comes to bathroom remodeling.
Not Asking for a Written Proposal
A written proposal can serve as a contract between you and the contractor, so it’s your protection as a consumer. The proposal should include the price breakdown and total, a specific description of the work, a timeline, your payment schedule, an expiration date (for the bid or proposal) and warranties.
Not Choosing a Reputable Contractor
This can be one of the costliest mistakes any homeowner can make. If you don’t do your research and look for a reputable contractor who is an expert in shower replacement and other parts of your project, you might end up with a poorly executed remodeling project that’s a waste of time and money. Make sure to get quotes from at least three contractors and make your comparison. Call or visit them and see if you’re comfortable with them. Compare their prices and how well they know the job. Check their credentials, including their license and any certifications.
Going DIY to Save Money
On TV and on YouTube, just about any construction project may look easy. This is a far cry from reality. Bathroom remodeling is not a good DIY job. If you think you can save money by going DIY, consider the mistakes you’re likely to make and the cost of redoing the work. Chances are you’ll have to call a professional anyway just to correct your mistakes, then you would have spent more money than if you had called a pro in the first place.
Buying Cheap Materials
This is another problem with DIY work: you are tempted to save on the materials, as well. While a low price doesn’t always mean poor quality, it often means there are better alternatives that will last a lot longer and look much more beautiful. If you use only cheap materials, you might end up replacing or repairing in a few years, and then you’ll realize you didn’t save money at all.
There are so many more pitfalls in bathtub replacement and overall bathroom remodeling. Ask us at USA Installations Inc. Get in touch with us at (253) 514-2474 or (800) 884-8640. You can also tell us about your project here.