Many homeowners often choose to do their own bathroom remodeling. With such a small space, what could possibly go wrong? Plenty! Electrical lines, plumbing, tiling, framing—it can easily become overwhelming for those who aren’t experienced with these types of projects. That’s where hiring a bathroom remodeling contractor comes into play. Not only can they get the job done right, they might even be able to do the project cheaper than you could do by yourself. Use this guide to bathroom remodeling contractors and find out for yourself exactly what you should expect from your bathroom contractor.
Designer, Architect or Builder?
Not all contractors are the same. Some bathroom contractors only provide access to permits and subcontractors. Others design, draw blueprints and do all of the work themselves. A good rule of thumb to follow is when remodeling a bathroom is to choose a contractor by its size. Smaller bathrooms can benefit from having an all in one contractor do the work. Larger spaces and total renovations are best designed by a professional designer and built by a professional bathroom contractor. Be sure you ask your potential bathroom contractor how much of the work they do themselves before you sign any contracts.
The contract agreement is a very important piece of paper. It outlines the work on the project and holds your contractor responsible for the work they perform. Be sure that your bathroom contractor includes the following items into the contract to ensure you’re going to get the most out of your new bathroom space:
- Materials- Thorough details about what items will be used, brand names and where they will be purchased.
- Cost Breakdown- A complete list of materials and labor costs is a must have for any homeowner hiring a bathroom contractor.
- Schedule- Each phase of the job needs to be defined with a timeline. Dates of completion are important, so be sure to have your contractor include what happens if they can’t conform to their schedule.
- Total Costs- Keeping your bathroom remodeling project within budget is extremely important. Knowing exactly how much everything is going to cost can help you when choosing bathroom materials for the project. Have your contractor include a cancelation policy to make sure you keep the project from going overboard on the costs.
- Warranty- Be certain that you get all warranty’s and guarantees in writing. A 1-3 year warranty on labor and craftsmanship is the average warranty but may vary depending upon who is doing the work.
- Subcontractors- Who is going to do the work? While a contractor is licensed to do the work, the people actually performing the project might not. It’s a good idea to have your bathroom contractor provide you with all of the subcontractors licensing and insurance information so you can see for yourself who licensed and who’s not.
- Payments- Many bathroom remodeling contractors ask that a small deposit (roughly 10-15% of the total cost) be made before work begins. As the project progresses through its phases, partial payments may need to be made. Be sure your contractor includes all payment scheduling and information to ensure you don’t get surprised with bills during your bathroom remodeling project.