Bathroom Remodeling Checklist

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Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just snap your fingers and your bathroom remodel was complete? Unfortunately, bathroom renovations are a multi-step project with a long list of to-dos. We’ve compiled this bathroom remodeling checklist to help keep you on track so you can enjoy your new bathroom sooner.

Pre-Remodel

Find bathroom remodeling ideas
Tip: Don’t hesitate to ask contractors for ideas. They may have ideas that you haven’t considered.
___ Make a list of favorite features/items
___ Keep pictures of bathroom layouts or items

Decide on a layout
Tip: If your budget for the bathroom remodel is tight, keep the existing layout to save funds. Moving plumbing and making significant changes to the electrical can add major cost to the project.
___ Draw out the room with estimated measurements
___ Use tape on the floor to get a visual idea of the new room

Interview contractors
Tip: Be cautious of contractors that ask for a large down payment up front. Never hire a contractor who asks for more than half of the total cost up front.
___ Find recommendations for local, experienced contractors online or from friends or relatives
___ Check online for reviews/feedback about contractors
___ Contact contractors and ask questions to determine if they are right for the project (i.e. “how much experience do you have?” “do you have insurance?” “can you provide references?” “have you ever remodeled a bathroom before?” “when would you be available to start?”)
___ Schedule a time with the contractor to see the space
___ Give the contractor information about the space and any ideas you have
___ Ask for suggestions for the bathroom renovation
___ Request a free quote

Hire a contractor
Tip: If you are signing paperwork, always read the fine print so your expectations are clear and you are aware of any additional fees.
___ Discuss the specifics for payment
___ Get a clear starting date (if you are purchasing items, ask when you need to have the items by)
___ Sign any paperwork, if needed

Secure permits (as required)
Tip: This list is not all-inclusive. Every municipality requires different permits. Always ask for full list of required permits and secure the permits before the start of the project.
___ Electrical
___ Septic/plumbing
___ Construction

During the Remodel

Select finishes
Tip: Talk to your contractor to find out what items you need to purchase. Some contractors purchase all of the major items (shower surround, tile, cabinets, etc.); there are instances, however, where homeowners can make arrangements with the contractor to purchase all the items for the bathroom renovation.
___ Sink faucet
___ Tile
___ Wainscoting
___ Shower doors/curtains
___ Toilet
___ Bath/bath surround
___ Shower heads
___ Bath faucets
___ Cabinets
___ Towel rings
___ Flooring
___ Bathroom fan
___ Mirror
___ Light fixtures
___ Rugs
___ Accessories

Tackle DIY projects
Tip: If you are doing any parts of the bathroom renovation yourself, make sure you are clear on deadlines so you don’t slow project progress. This part of the list varies based on the scope and project specifics.
___ Sink faucet
___ Tile
___ Wainscoting
___ Shower doors/curtains
___ Toilet
___ Bath/bath surround
___ Shower heads
___ Bath faucets
___ Cabinets
___ Towel rings
___ Flooring
___ Bathroom fan
___ Mirror
___ Light fixtures
___ Rugs
___ Accessories

Project Completion

Finalize project
___ Schedule inspection by local authorities
___ Make final payment to contractor

Enjoy!

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