You’ve planned out your dream bathroom, you’ve chosen your contractor, your budget is all set, and now all you have to do is wait. Waiting sounds simple enough but, unfortunately, this can be one of the most nerve-racking parts of the remodeling process. Lucky for you, we have provided you with a simple guide of what to expect during your remodel. Getting your bathroom remodeled doesn’t have to be stressful and hopefully by reading through our guide you will gain a better idea of what to expect and how to plan accordingly. For more great ideas, check out some ideas here.
- Communicating with your contractor
Establishing a clear line of communication with your contractor is essential. This is your chance to make things as clear as possible to avoid any confusion. Not only will this allow you to communicate exactly what you want done during the remodel but this will help you clarify the timeline in which you expect different steps to be completed. You can also figure out your contract’s work schedule and your expectations in terms of cleanup, necessary materials, and their use of your house. Remember to keep a line of open communication with your contractor.
- Clear the way
Before your contractor begins, make sure the work area is cleared out and ready to go. Know that anything you leave in your bathroom could be potentially damaged in the remodel process. Therefore, clear out your bathroom beforehand. Especially be sure to remove any valuables or delicate items. Give your contractors plenty of room and provide a space for them to place any materials they might need.
- Noise, Mess, and Safety
Remodeling can be noisy and messy. Construction may create a lot of dust that will drift into other parts of your home. Be aware of this and put up plastic sheets to avoid the spread of dust. If you are concerned about the rest of your home getting dirty, consider placing down a tarp of some sort for the workers to walk on as they move in and out of your house. If you have children or pets, keep them away from any materials or areas that may be hazardous, such as wires or power tools. Maintain a working toilet and sink for convenience. If you are concerned about any of these issues, you might consider staying in a hotel room or with friends if this is feasible during the remodel.
- Prepare yourself mentally
During construction, anything can happen. Your workers may find water damage or they may be out sick some day or run out of materials. Any of these things are unfortunate occurrences that might cause a delay in the process but you have to be prepared mentally should any of these things happen. Remember to remain calm. Remodeling does not always go smoothly and it will greatly ease your stress if you prepare for the unexpected. You might find your dream bathroom is not what you expected it to be and if this is the case, be sure to communicate this clearly to your contractor so that they can make any necessary changes. Here’s a great video on unforeseen bathroom renovation mistakes.
Remodeling might be terrifying as it contains a lot of uncertainties. Focus on what you can control during the process: your response and expectations. Creating a plan ahead of time will remove a lot of unnecessary and unhealthy stress form your life. Control your communication between workers to make sure they do the kind of job that will exceed your expectations!