Planning Your Bathroom Remodel

A bathroom renovation can give your more pleasure from your home and increase its resale value. Whether you plan to stay put and just want an upgrade, or want to make your home more marketable, the trick to a successful remodel is proper prior planning. We’ve got tips via the Raleigh Public Record.

Choose your level of renovation.

If you’re planning on fully gutting your bathroom and removing electrical and plumbing fixtures, it’s going to take a lot longer than a remodel that only consists of new floors and a fancy backsplash behind the sink. Before you can do anything, you need to know what you’re doing and create a plan for your remodel.

If you’re making surface-level cosmetic improvements such as paint and flooring, the job will be faster and less expensive than a complete overhaul. Decide in advance how far you plan to go.

Know your timeframes.

Here’s a good general guideline for the length of time required for specific steps of a remodel.

– 2 days for demolition
– 2 days for carpentry
– 2 days for plumbing
– 3 days for insulation and drywall
– 1 day for paint
– 2 days for tile
– 1 day for cabinets and counters
– 1 day for fixtures, hookups, and other details
– 1 – 2 days for other miscellaneous work
– 1 day for each inspection (first and final) but 2 to 4 weeks for scheduling

In total, you’re looking at six to eight weeks for a full remodel.And that’s not accounting for unforeseen circumstances.

If something is back ordered, the wrong item is delivered, something is damaged, or you find out too late something doesn’t fit, you can add another week or two to the mix.

An aesthetic makeover can usually be accomplished in a fraction of the time. Painting, for example, can be done in less than a day.

Plan ahead.

Do your homework. Many big box DIY chains have workshop weekends where you can learn remodeling tricks, and the internet is as full of usual how-to videos as it is junk. Or you could hire out.