Remodeling your bathroom can be an incredibly exciting process. That is, until an easily-avoidable mistake ends up costing you thousands of dollars. As a company that specializes in custom bathroom renovations, installing new tubs and showers, and tub to shower conversions, we know a thing or two about the whole remodeling process. Over the last 25+ years, we’ve learned what works and what doesn’t. So without further ado, here are five bathroom remodeling mistakes that will run your budget dry.
Not having a real plan set
As the old saying goes, a goal without a plan is just a wish. The same is true for your bathroom renovation. It is crucial that you plan for the allotted time, materials, color choices, layout, and expenses prior to beginning a remodel. Without a detailed plan in place, you run the risk of going over budget, forgetting an important step, and losing your mind. Pro tip: leave the planning portion up a professional (link to remodeling page).
Thinking “expensive” always means “better”
They say you get what you pay for, but that isn’t always the case. When it comes to bathroom remodeling, there are a myriad of options that not only look great, but also don’t break the bank. For example, instead of spending thousands upon thousands on a tile shower, you can get an affordable, yet stylish, acrylic shower for a fraction of the cost. The money saved here can be used elsewhere in your renovation.
Using the wrong bathroom materials
When choosing materials for your new bathroom, it’s important that they are both durable and water resistant. This may seem obvious, but it must be said. You might love the look of hardwood floors, but will you still feel the same if they begin to warp? Moisture related problems will require costly repairs or replacements and quickly use up your budget.
Moving around fixtures / plumbing
If you properly plan your remodel, or go with a trustworthy professional, it can be done without spending an arm and a leg. However, affordability can get thrown out the window when you factor in the cost of new plumbing. While for some renovations this may be inevitable, it’s important to figure out whether this is truly a necessity.
Not going with a professional contractor
Here’s where you need to be really honest with yourself. If you struggle putting together an Ikea dresser, maybe taking on a bathroom remodel isn’t such a great idea. DIY projects may sound great in theory, but can quickly spiral out of control costing you way more than had you gone with a professional from the git-go. Better yet, go with a contractor who offers free in-home consultations.