If you’ve decided to remodel your bathroom, you have an exciting journey ahead of you. Renovating can be stressful, but you can minimize the stress if you make a plan.
Here are some tips for choosing a bathroom renovator.
Decide what you want
Before you even begin researching contractors, you must have an idea of what you want. This is the fun part! Of course, it depends on the size and shape of your bathroom, and your budget.
Do some research to find designs you love. These can often be recreated in less expensive ways. So look around online, in magazines, on TV home décor shows, and even in friends’ homes. All this will help you decide on a theme for your new look.
Remember that trendy designs may not stand the test of time. The most important thing is choosing a theme you will enjoy for years to come.
Fixtures, fittings and floor
Once you have your theme decided, pick fixtures which are within your budget. Don’t forget the fittings. Choose lighting which complements your theme.
If you are doing a full reno, you’ll also choose tiles and flooring which match your theme. If you choose neutral colours, you will be able to update your theme years later without having to redo the tiles and flooring.
Choosing a bathroom renovator
Researching the people who do the work is as important as choosing your theme.
If you’re having plumbing installed, you need a qualified plumber. Make sure you ask about permits and licenses. If you’re having tiling or painting done, you’ll want to ensure the contractor has a good reputation.
In addition to qualifications, make sure the company is insured against claims covering workers’ compensation, property damage and personal liability. You can call the insurance company to verify. Reputable contractors will be happy to provide this information.
If you know anyone who has recently had a bathroom reno, ask them if they would recommend their contractor. You can also check online. Find at least three possible contractors and get at least three written quotes. The contractor must visit your bathroom in person, and must know exactly what you want to do.
Don’t sign a contract until you have checked at least three references from your chosen contractor. If they refuse to give you a reference you can phone or visit, do not hire them. All reputable contractors supply references.
Make sure you get everything in writing, including the start and completion dates of your project. Read the entire contract before signing.
Sources used in researching this article include the CBC News article: 5 tips for choosing a home contractor