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Minneapolis Bathroom Remodeling

by Matt Goering

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Minneapolis bathroom remodeling is an undertaking that tops the wish lists of thousands of Minneapolis-St. Paul natives, and for good reason. The bathroom has come a long way since bootlegger Pierre "Pigs Eye" Parrant made a name for himself selling whiskey to soldiers at Fort Snelling back in the 1820's (if the moniker sounds familiar to you, it's because Pigs Eye Lake in St. Paul bears his nickname). Back then you were lucky if you had an outhouse with a door and a copy of the Sears and Roebuck catalog handy. Not so anymore. Nowadays, bathrooms are graced with stone tile, sport his and her bathroom vanities with granite countertops, and are outfitted with steam showers, jetted tubs, and double flush toilets, just to name a few of the luxurious options out there. In short, with a Minneapolis bathroom renovation you can transform that ho-hum water closet into a place of beauty and relaxation for just a few thousand dollars.

Minneapolis Bathroom Remodeling: Costs
If you're seriously considering bathroom remodeling in Minneapolis, you're probably wondering about how much you should expect to pay for a re-vamped bathroom. We can help you on that front. HomeAdvisor refers thousands of contractors to residents of the Twin Cities every year, and we collect data on every one of those jobs so we can assure quality service and give future customers an idea what of they're getting into. With Minneapolis bathroom remodels the average cost figure of the jobs that started out in our system runs $7,500. Of course, the final price fluctuates from job to job, depending on everything from how large your bathroom is to how far you're willing to take your remodeling project. If you're just looking to give that bath in the basement a facelift with new fixtures, tile, and paint, you might end up with a final cost at, or under, our low figure of $3,000. If you're doing a master bath and going the distance, however, you could hit our $15,000 high water mark pretty easily.

Minneapolis Bathroom Remodeling Timelines
We also track project durations with our post project surveys, so we can give you an idea of how long your bathroom will be out of commission, as well. Again, timelines will vary with individual bathroom remodels in Minneapolis, and your commode likely won't be out of commission the entire time it's being renovated. Still, it's good to know what to expect. For a Twin Cities bathroom renovation, you should expect it take 3-4 weeks from start to completion, though they can take as little as week for small projects, and over a month and a half for the big dogs. Talk to your contractor about how long your bathroom might be off limits during that time so that you can plan ahead, especially if you're a one bathroom household. Good communication with your contractor and making alternate arrangements in advance are key to surviving bathroom remodeling in Minneapolis without suffering the major inconveniences that these projects can sometimes cause.

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Minneapolis-St.Paul Homeowners Speak out on Bathroom Remodeling in the Twin Cities
Finally, as part of our exit interviews with clients we ask whether there's anything they would like to share with other Twin City homeowners preparing to dive into a Minneapolis bathroom renovation. Most of the advice revolves around advance planning to ensure your remodel doesn't experience any setbacks along the way. "Get lots of quotes," advised one homeowner, "and talk to someone you trust who knows something about remodeling about the quotes and prices the contractors are giving you." That's advice that HomeAdvisor gives to all homeowners using our services: get multiple bids and check references to make sure your contractor has a good track record. Of course, doing your homework ahead of time is only the beginning. Another homeowner stressed how important it is to stay in touch with your contractor and your project when they wrote, "Talk over all of the expectations ahead of time. Be at the house while the workers are working. Inspect everything before it is installed, and have any unsatisfactory materials or workmanship corrected before it is too late." Again, some sound suggestions, though don't forget that your contractor is a pro, and there's a fine line between being an active and helpful participant and constantly looking over their shoulder. Keep tabs on things, but don't get in the way either.

Contractor Referral Services can Smooth the Way
At the risk of tooting our own horn, you might also consider using a referral service like HomeAdvisor to help you track down contractors to bid on your job. It helps take the guesswork out of who to call, since you'll know ahead of time that the contractors have been pre-screened and approved by HomeAdvisor before you ever speak to them. It certainly worked for this homeowner, who recommended that you "Use HomeAdvisor. It's a great way to find home improvement experts. Each candidate was clearly well-qualified, so it was just a matter of choosing the best fit for our needs." Finding the right person for the job is often the difference between a pleasant experience and a nightmarish one. Consider letting HomeAdvisor help your Minneapolis bathroom remodeling project be a happy and fruitful undertaking through and through.

Bathroom Remodeling Project Guide
If you enjoyed this article, check out our free Bathroom Remodeling Guide, which features expert advice, design & material comparisons, and custom price estimates for your remodeling project.
Matt Goering, formerly a carpenter and house painter, is a freelance writer for the home improvement industry who has published over 600 articles.