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How to Prepare for your Bathroom Remodel

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Remodeling your bathroom, and don’t know where to start? It might be a hassle to go without your main bathroom for a while, but follow these steps to make the process as painless as possible.

Logistics Are Everything

First things first. Your contractor needs to get to your bathroom, and remodeling is a dirty process. We need to minimize the chance of spreading dust to the rest of your house, and that means clearing out a path to your bathroom.

It’s not realistic to ask your remodeling contractors to remove their boots every time they enter your house. Instead, lay down old towels or carpet scraps from your front door to your bathroom. This saves both you and the contractor loads of time, and saves your floors, too.

Clear Out Everything that Isn’t Nailed Down

Prep your bathroom before the contractor arrives to speed up the remodeling process. That means removing all soaps, shampoos, etc. from your bathtub area. Clear off the back of your toilet and remove the toilet cover.

Clean off the top of your sink and any counter space. Clear out the cabinets beneath your sink, and also the drawers if the whole sink is going to be replaced.

Mats, trash cans, scales—anything on the floor has to go too. If any work is being done to your walls, be sure to remove towel racks and clean out your medicine cabinet.

Advanced Maneuvers for DIYers

These steps can help your remodelers save time, but aren’t necessary. Check with your agency first to make sure! These steps can also save you money, but only attempt if you know what you’re doing.

  • • Some bathroom tile or linoleum is easy to remove. Ask your contractor if it’s OK for you to take it out yourself.
  • • Shut off your water in the bathroom.
  • • Remove shower doors or curtains.

If you don’t know how to remove tile, don’t worry about it! Your contractors are perfectly capable of doing so.

Prepare Your Finances

The average cost of a bathroom remodel can vary from $8,000 to $15,000 depending on the size of your project and the number of bells and whistles you want. Obviously not every family is going to need heated towel drawers and heated tiling, but those are also factored into the average cost.

Just remember, a bathroom remodeled by professionals can only add value to your home—it’s a major investment in both your life and resale value, should you ever decide to move.

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