Did you know that a remodeled bathroom could return 80-90% of your
investment at resale? Updating or adding bathrooms will add considerable value
to your house.
Consider adding a half bath. They can be created out of small closest or under
eaves. This allows you to free up the other bathrooms at a very reasonable cost.
If one of the bathrooms is next to the master bedroom, you may be able to knock
down a wall to create a master suite. Give this bathroom a makeover with his and
her sinks, a spacious shower or tub, and plenty of room to pad about in.
Save water and money with green, low-flow toilets, shower heads, and tankless
water heaters. Skylights are a great alternative to energy consuming light
Amenities such as steam showers, heated floors, and whirlpool tubs are always
a welcome addition, and you may be surprised to learn how inexpensive these
luxury additions can be.
An often-overlooked item is ample storage space. Don't compromise on
functionality when opting for a vanity or medicine cabinet. You can be functional
and fashionable when it comes to storage. A good rule of thumb for designing
storage space is to decide first what you really want to store. Then build to
Ceramic tile floors are usually better than wood, carpet, or linoleum flooring
because they handle water better.
Unique Properties will sit down with you from the beginning of the project,
and take you through the process step-by-step. Because we have years of
experience, we have compiled check lists of approaches and ideas for your
5 Things To "DO" When Selecting a Bathroom Remodel Contractor
You finally have the money to do it! A new bathroom or a complete bathroom
remodel. Where do you start? Who do you call? The following steps will make a
difference between remodel nightmares and luxurious fantasy.
- DO your homework on your bathroom remodel
Before bringing in contractors and collecting estimates, spend some time
researching your dream bathroom remodel. Then make some decisions that you
will not waver on to help narrow down and mainstream your project. This will
also guard against contractor bids that are overpriced or not in keeping with your
Know your style preference – it is easy to get swept away in design books
and concepts. If you are more of a country girl at heart, a modern sleek
bathroom with stainless steel accents maybe too harsh for you and contrast
sharply from the style of your home.
- Know how much you want to spend – one of the biggest pitfalls is having
your remodel price escalate out of control leaving you with an unfinished
nightmare or compromised hasty decisions.
- Decide on the important features that are essential to you – a resurfaced
tub costs less than a new tiled shower. You might want to skimp on the
high-end toilet bowl and utilize that money towards a granite vanity top.
- DO ask for referrals
Speak with family and friends to find out which contractors they have had
good experiences with and just as importantly contractors they would never
hire again. Find out what made it a positive experience, how the contractor
handled problems and if the job was finished within budget and time frame. If
possible look at the work a contractor has completed. It will give you the best
idea of what their work is like.
Search engines have advanced methods of ranking websites. If using Google
or Bing to find a contractor in your area start by typing your area bathroom
remodeling company and read the websites of the construction companies
that represent the style and workmanship you are looking for. Be sure to read
reviews by former clients, as it will give you a feel for the company.
- DO interview potential contractors
Set up meetings with a minimum of three contractors maximum of five. It can
become overwhelming and confusing to interview more than five so try and
narrow down the search to the top contenders. Estimates should be free.
Regardless of whether you use the contractor interviewed it is possible for
you to come away with many good ideas to implement during your bathroom
Other points to consider during this meeting are:
- Make sure the contractor holds all the required licenses from the state and
- Look for credentials - designations from professional associations such as
the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, certifications of tests
completed etc. Be aware that not all certifications are created equal.
- Check for proof of workers compensation insurance
- Ask for references of jobs completed. If they are unwilling to give any of
the above information it is a possible red flag.
Something to consider is that a remodeling job is different to construction.
A remodel takes construction to the next level and requires a great deal
of routing and working with existing infrastructure. Be sure to question the
contractor specifically on if he or she has lots of experience in remodeling.
- DO conduct a background check
Once you have narrowed the search be sure to follow up on references
given to you. This contractor and his crew will be coming in and out of
your home not to mention be responsible for the execution of a large sum
of our money.
Call the contractors' former customers and ask about the job execution.
Were they on time and on budget? Were the customers pleased with the
outcome? Was there anything that could have been done differently?
How did the contractor handle setbacks? How flexible were they if plans
changed during the course of the project? What was the crew like? Did
they clean up after themselves? Were they respectful of your property?
Check with the local Better Business Bureau website to see if the
company is BBB accredited and if there are any complaints against them.
As tempting as it is to choose the contractor on the basis of price, take
care to look at the details of the bid presented. Take care to note the work
to be done and the materials to be used.
- DO have a written agreement for your new bathroom or remodel
Once you have selected the contractor be sure to scrutinize the contract
that is given to you. Make sure the legal agreement includes the following
- Bid price and a payment schedule
- Detailed description of the scope of work to take place
- A schedule of tasks including a detailed timetable – A bathroom remodel
can completely disrupt your daily life so it is vital to have a timetable. This
will cause you and your family the least amount of stress.
- A change-order clause – make sure that the contract stipulates that you
must approve, in writing, all additional work that is done beyond the
original scope of the remodel.
- Clause about dispute resolution and any warranty information
When the job is finished do not hand over the final payment until the work has
been inspected and approved.
A bathroom remodel can return 80-90% of your investment at resale and provide
years of enjoyment. While it takes time to follow through the initial stages of this
process, the time spent is well worth the end result.