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Bathroom remodeling is tricky because both plumbing and wiring are typically involved, hardly things you want to mix together, and it means you'll need a plumber and an electrician as subcontractors. No two bathrooms are the same: Thus, bathroom remodeling prep steps are likely to be modified for your project, but there are also several universal concepts that can be applied before your bathroom contractor arrives. Just remember that when it comes to fast and accurate advice, nobody is better than your remodeling contractor.
Bathroom Remodeling Prep Steps
Flow of Traffic
Think about where your bathroom contractor will park his vehicle, which door he will be coming through, and his path from the door to the bathroom. Most contractors will need to make several trips back and forth, and asking them to remove their boots each way is really unrealistic and impractical. No matter what type of flooring you have, find some old towels or buy some carpet scraps and lay them in the path of traffic. This way, you protect your floors without interrupting the bathroom contractor's process. On a related topic, click here if you want to learn more about working with bathroom contractors.
Remove All Objects
Remove anything that is mobile from any area where the bathroom professional may be working. Doing these few things before the bathroom professional ever arrives will allow him to go right to work. Here are a few reminders:
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Advanced Prep Steps for Do It Yourselfers
If you are really handy and have checked with the bathroom professional before you do anything, there are a few things you can do to help the contractor work a little more quickly, and maybe save you a little money. Do not do any of these things without checking with your contractor before hand.
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Bathroom Remodeling Preparations
Of course, before you prepare your bathroom, you may need to prepare your finances. Whether you're paying for the project through cash reserves or through financing, you'll need some idea of how much the project is going to cost. Naturally, exact estimates can only be had through specific contractors, but we can give you a few clues about the possible range of expenses. According to data collected from homeowners across the country, the average cost of a bathroom remodel from HomeAdvisor customers is approxmiately $9,000, but keep in mind this figure includes surface-level, partial, complete, and luxury bathroom remodeling projects. Remodeling Magazine, on the other hand, uses industry standards for a complete bathroom remodel with a few bells and whistles, such as a new tile surround, recessed medicine cabinet, and new flooring and wallpaper. Their cost estimate for a bathroom remodel is $15,899. See additional bathroom remodeling costs here.
Once you have mustered your financial resources and completed the basic prep steps for your bathroom remodel, it's time to step back and let the professionals go to work. These items will be a big help, and they also let the contractors know that you are thinking of them and wanting to make their job easy. Just don't try to overdo it. They are professionals, and while they will appreciate your preparation, they have everything else under control.