Bathroom remodels can work wonders on a home, especially if yours looks like it’s stuck in the 80s. But they can be pretty complicated and time-consuming, especially if you’re not familiar with the process. However, it is possible to cut down on some time and expedite the project. Here’s how.
How to Complete a Bathroom Remodel in Less Time
If you want to conquer a remodel—and conquer it fast—it’s always best to take some time to prepare first. Having a solid plan, knowing what you need, and being ready to schedule outside help as it’s needed can all help you get the job done in less time.
Looking to complete your bathroom remodel on a timeline? Here’s what you need to do.
Create a plan
First things first: figure out what you want. Before you start purchasing, pulling permits, or even calling contractors, take some time to really think about what you want and need from your remodel. The more information you’re able to present to a contractor, the more likely you are to get what you want—in less time.
We recommend creating a vision board through Pinterest or by saving images in Google Drive so it’s easy to share and collaborate.
Figure out what’s needed
Depending on the scope of your project, you might be able to tackle the project yourself, or it might be better to call in an expert or two. If you’ve got a solid plan in place, you should be able to quickly determine how much of the project is within the scope of your capabilities.
If you’re bringing in outside help, start shopping around for contractors or other trades-people as soon as possible. This way you get to compare prices and services, read reviews, and view portfolios… and have plenty of time to make the right choice.
Some projects might not need permits, but in many cases, you’ll need a permit (or multiple) if you’re making significant changes. If you’re tackling the project solo, or hiring out individual tradesmen, you will likely need to procure these permits on your own. Otherwise, a general contractor should know which permits will be needed based on your project and location.
Schedule the work
This step might be a lot of work for you, or very little, depending on who will be completing each step of your project. For example, if you’re working with a general contractor, he or she will likely make all the arrangements and let you know when different vendors will be showing up to work. If you’re organizing the project on your own, you’ll still need to schedule some outside help—like an inspector, or an electrician or plumber.
Based on your project, there might be a lot of different moving pieces. For a major remodel, there could be framing, drywall, cabinetry installation, plumbing and electrical updates, painting, and new flooring. That’s a lot of scheduling!
Don’t Wait to Call a Contractor
It might be tempting to take on a home improvement project on your own, but there’s a lot to take on. Even if you’re pretty handy, a larger project can quickly become overwhelming. So it pays to work with a professional contractor!