Thursday, 3 April 2014

5 Costly Mistakes To Avoid When Renovating a Bathroom

Avoid the following costly mistakes when renovating a bathroom.
So, you're thinking about renovating one or more bathrooms in your home? Doing so an excellent way to improve both the function and decor, but it can also be quite expensive. Before you go diving head first into a major bathroom renovation project, you should educate yourself on some of the most costly mistakes homeowners make.

#1) Choosing The Lowest Bidder

If you'e going to hire a contractor to perform the renovation, don't assume the lowest bidder is the best choice. As the old saying goes -- you get what you pay for -- holds true in home renovations. A contractor may offer to perform the work for less, but they could botch the job, leaving you with a torn up bathroom that requires additional money and resources to fix.

#2) 'Premium' Flooring

Another costly mistake that you'll want to avoid when renovating your bathroom is the use of premium flooring. Home improvement stores and flooring companies advertise attractive per-square-foot prices on flooring, creating the illusion that it's cheap. Depending on the size of your bathroom, however, you can easily spend several hundred dollars on flooring material alone if you aren't careful.

#3) Wrong Measurements

Whether you're measuring tiles, vanity space, flooring or any other element in your bathroom, you should double check them to make sure they are correct. Purchasing materials based on incorrect measurements is a costly mistake that you do not want to make. If you happen to purchase an excess amount of materials, you may or may not be able to return them (check store's return policy before making a trip).

#4) Knocking Down Walls

Be warned: expanded a bathroom by knocking down a partition wall is expensive and time-consuming process. You'll have to check the blueprints to identify plumbing, move the plumbing if it's in the way, reposition electrical wiring, and much more. All of this can quickly burn a hole through your available renovation budget, so try leaving the walls in place if you're short on funds.

Unless you're experienced in this area, knocking down walls in the bathroom is something that should be left up to a professional contractor.

#5) Getting a Single Quote

Rather than hiring the first professional contractor you find, call around to get quotes from multiple contractor. Don''t be afraid to tell them what other contractors are quoting you. Again, you shouldn't necessarily choose the lowest bidder, but you should factor their price into your decision.

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