Picking a quality contractor for bathroom remodeling is often critical for real estate projects. It can be the difference between getting the job done correctly and or getting stuck with a money-sucking project that can go ugly.
Remodeling a bathroom is something to consider when investing in real estate. Along with kitchen upgrades, investing in an attractive and functional bathroom can help increase the value of a home more than almost any other room. Hiring the right bathroom remodeling contractor can help you carry out the work needed to turn your vision into reality. Ideally, real estate pros and contractors should be able to work hand-in-hand for the duration of the bathroom remodel project in order to complete it successfully, on-time and on-budget.
Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Bathroom Remodeling Contractor:
Before hiring a contractor for your project, it’s important to ask the right questions. This will help you find a contractor that is the best fit for your project and one that is capable of getting the job done on spec and on-time.
Bathroom Remodeling Contractor Checklist
- How long have you been a bathroom remodeling professional?
- Were you formally trained?
- How did you acquire your experience?
- Do you belong to any professional associations?
- Are you licensed and registered with the state?
- Are you bonded or insured?
- Do you have any references who I may contact?
- Do you provide written warranties?
- Will this project require a permit? Who will apply for it?
- How long will the project take?
- Can we buy our own materials?
- Will you provide options for different materials?
By asking these questions, you should get the answers needed to move forward with a bathroom remodeler.
Other Hiring Considerations:
Ask for referrals
Be sure to get referrals. Ask them if they were happy with the quality of work and if the team completed the project on schedule.
Get an estimate in writing
It’s always better to get details in writing and a signed agreement or contract.
Convey your remodeling ideas
By conveying your ideas about the bathroom’s size, layout, fixtures, and materials to the contractor, they will get a better understanding of the direction of the project.
Working with Bathroom Remodelers for Your Project
It’s great to work with a contractor to share your vision and help design the functional, attractive bathroom space you envisioned from the start.
A bathroom remodeling project can include many updates to an old bathroom. Ray Yehoshua of Bay State Refinishing & Remodeling has some insight on designing a bathroom that looks great and on-budget:
“We’ve found one of the quickest, easiest, and most cost-effective solutions for bathroom remodeling is a good refinishing and reglazing throughout the tub, shower stall, sinks, and tiles. In just a day, you can have a sparkling bathroom that looks almost brand new. In addition, during the process, you can update the colors of the tile, bathtub, and more to be better in line with modern designs. This is a particularly cost-effective approach for dated bathrooms since you can retain much of the existing hardware and simply update it rather than having to buy new. Overall, refinishing is a great way to breathe new life into a bathroom space without having to spend the time and money on a complete replacement and remodel.”
Here are the different areas a thorough bathroom remodel should consider:
Refinish the Tub:
Bathtub refinishing also known as bathtub resurfacing, bathtub reglazing or bathtub re-enameling is the process of refreshing the surface of a worn, damaged bathtub to a like-new condition.
There are thousands of tiling options to choose from for bathrooms and shower spaces. You can play with different colors, accents, material, and sizes of tiles until you find the right fit. When choosing a tile, you’ll also want to take maintenance and cleaning into consideration – for instance, natural stone tiles will need more maintenance as will smaller tiles.
Should you install a tub or shower? The answer to that question depends on who your target owner will be.
- Bathtubs: for tubs, some considerations include the style, material, and size in relation to everything else in the bathroom.
- Showers: with showers, there are more parts to install, including the shower door, fan, accessibility considerations, handles and grab bars, and more.
Adding/Replacing The Toilet
One of the main benefits of remodeling a bathroom is updating the toilet. A new toilet that stylistically goes with the bathroom remodel and functions well are an important part of the remodel. It’s important to measure the space before you buy a toilet to install. Not all toilets are the same dimensions.
Vanity & Sink Replacement
A vanity replacement is a simple, yet effective bathroom upgrade. Adding the right vanity can provide a great aesthetic. Many contractors will replace the sink, countertop, and faucet at the same time as the vanity cabinet.
Vanity Lighting and Mirrors
Vanity lighting is a quick accent opportunity for a bathroom. Adding proper task lighting at the mirror is also an important part of a bathroom that shouldn’t be overlooked. There are many lighting options and finding the right one for your bathroom should prove worthwhile.
Painting the bathroom can make a big difference. Hire a painting contractor to do this correctly – it’s important to paint the intricate details, which is why hiring a professional is so worthwhile.
With these bathroom remodeling tips, we hope the process goes smoothly, from hiring a designer to completion of the project. EquityDoor is a real estate crowdfunding platform that helps raise equity for real estate investments.