Bathrooms may be the smallest rooms in the house, but they can have the greatest impact on daily living. Not only are they likely to be the most-used space in your house, but the quality of their construction can also affect the integrity of your home. Done right, your new bathroom will function as well and look great; done wrong, it could be a source of headaches for a long while. Because poorly constructed bathrooms can lead to water intrusion, damage and mould, it’s important to have a top-quality contractor do the job.
Remodelling a bathroom is a significant investment in your home. You may have fixed a leaky faucet or unclog a toilet in the past, but when it comes to bathroom renovations, you need it handled by professionals. The contractor you choose to hire should have the experience, skills, qualifications, licensing, and guarantee to make sure every detail and specification you want is met with efficiency.
Everybody and his aunt online is urging you to go for a bathroom redo. It is not only for your benefit, but it has one of the highest returns on investment if you sell your house. You finally decide to go for it, and the same people telling you to do so are telling you to have it done by a professional contractor. That makes sense to you because you are not the handiest person around the house, and a bathroom remodels to require a lot of skilled workers.
So, you decide to get quotes from several local bathroom remodelling contractors to get started. One or two give you considerably lower quotes than the others, but that gets your buyer to beware senses a-tingling. How can you tell if these contractors are going to give you a great bathroom remodelling experience? Here are some tips for choosing the right contractor for the bathroom remodelling.
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Tips for Choosing a Contractor for Bathroom Remodeling
Have a clear plan.
You may not need to provide a contractor with finished floor plans for your bathroom renovation project. Still, you should have very definite ideas about the room’s size, layout, fixtures and materials. Potential contractors will need to know if your bathroom’s footprint is changing and whether the plumbing and electrical lines will need to be moved or expanded. Being able to tell contractors what the finished product should allow them to provide more accurate estimates, and giving each contractor the same specs allows you to compare estimates more easily.
Get estimates in writing.
Verbal estimates won’t leave you any recourse if you run into problems with your contractor later. Get all estimates — preferably three — in writing. Read them carefully, ask questions and make sure it fully describes the work to be done. For accurate comparison of bids among multiple contractors, ask that the estimate include an itemization of labour and material costs and profit margin.
Confirm the contractor’s credentials.
It takes time and legwork, but it’s essential to thoroughly check out any bathroom remodelling contractor you’re thinking of hiring. These are just a few aspects you’ll need to look into:
- Proper licensing: Don’t rely on the contractor’s word alone that he or she meets all of the licensing requirements for your state, city and type of project. A bathroom renovation almost always involves plumbing and electrical work, which is usually well-regulated, so it’s critical to confirm a contractor’s qualifications.
- Proper insurance: Never work with a contractor who won’t provide proof of insurance. Once you have their information, verify that the contractor’s insurance policy is in full effect.
- Financial stability: Investigate the contractor’s standing with suppliers, your local Better Business Bureau, your state’s consumer protection agency, and subcontractors if you can. Ask if the contractor is willing to provide financial statements from his or her bank. This involves a lot of work but can help you avoid disaster.
- Customer references: Make sure contractors provide you with several names of customers they’ve worked with on recent projects. Find out if those customers were satisfied and if they would hire the same contractor again.
Read the fine print.
Contracts can be confusing, but your written agreement with a contractor is your best protection. Make sure you understand every aspect of your contract, from how subcontractors will be paid, to how change requests will be completed and billed. Your contract should also define what percentage of the total cost will be required as a deposit in order for work to begin, and how and when remaining payments will be made. In any case, you should never be asked to pay in cash or to put down more than about a third of the total cost as a downpayment. The final payment should not be made until all items on your punch list have been completed to your satisfaction.
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Check for bathroom remodelling specialization.
A contractor’s website can tell you a lot about what they do. Some are into general contracting rather than specializing in bathroom remodelling projects, which is not a bad thing. However, general contractors typically do not have free design services, so you have to give them a design plan. More importantly, experts in bathroom remodelling have an in-depth knowledge of how to do it efficiently. Remodelling is different from new construction, as remodelers have to work with existing structures. A general contractor may be able to do it, but not as well as a specialist may. When comparing quotes, look at the contractor’s website and see if they specialize in bathroom remodelling.
Check if they are full service.
Most contractors will want to include materials in their quotes as this means more profit for them overall. You will want a contractor that also distributes bathroom remodelling products because they get them at a bigger discount than a contractor that merely purchases them from a distributor. Kitchen and Bath, for instance, carries top brands in bathroom remodelling products and offers them to customers up to 40% less than big box stores. This means they can do everything for you and still give a lower quote than general contractors do. Of course, you can choose to buy decorative items for the remodel such as mirrors and light fixtures somewhere else, and would be perfectly okay with that. However, you will probably spend more if you buy things like sinks, faucets, and countertops from another supplier than if you include it in your contract.
Check if they have a quick turnaround.
Speed or clock image specialists in bathroom remodelling understand one thing quite well: the need to move quickly. Bathrooms are essential to daily living, so any amount of time they are out of service can seriously disrupt your life. This is especially true if you have just one bathroom in the house. You will want to choose a contractor that delivers on a project according to or ahead of schedule.
This is a little iffy, as you will only find this out personally when you are already in the project. This is where online reviews can come in handy. Check online for any mention of the contractors you are considering, and find out if the company stays on budget and finishes on time.
The top contractors in this space may also be willing to provide references so you can speak to past clients as well. If they are, take the time to ask them about the contractor.
Of course, no contractor will guarantee project completion according to schedule, as many factors may cause delays. These could be unforeseen problems with your pipes, electrical wiring, or substandard structures. The client may also issue a change order, which could significantly extend the timeline. There may also be delays along the normal process of the remodel that is out of their control. To set your expectations below is the typical timeline of a bathroom remodels from design to turnover.
Two to seven days, depending on the speed in which the client signifies approval
Two to three days, depending on the location of the bathroom as this would affect how fast workers can cart out the rubble
• Rough work on plumbing and electrical wiring
Three to four days, depending on the extent of the structural remodelling
Four days to two weeks, depending on what you are changing. This includes cabinets, new vanity tops, walls, floors, bathtub or shower, and new toilets
• Finishing and inspection
One to two days, depending on any issues that may arise; this would include closing up walls and installing fixtures
Assuming no major upsets occur on-site, a typical bathroom remodels by a specialist contractor will take between two to four weeks to complete. It would take a general contractor much longer than that. If you have just one bathroom, you may want to arrange for temporary bathroom accommodations.
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Ask for Referrals
Word of mouth — hands down, it’s the best way to find a qualified professional to tackle the job. Ask relatives, friends and neighbours whom they have had good experiences with. Also ask what made it a positive experience, how the contractor handled problems and whether he or she would use the same contractor again.
Look at Credentials
With recommendations in hand, do some preliminary research, whether that’s with a phone call or a visit to the contractor’s website. Find out whether he or she holds all the required licenses from the state and local municipalities, as well as designations from any professional associations like the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) or the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB). Look for contractors who have invested in coursework and passed rigorous tests in order to earn a particular certification. Be aware, however, that all certifications are not created equal. “I would find out what the certification is and what it took to get it.
Narrow down the list of contenders, and set up meetings. What is the magic number of contractors to interview? “Ultimately, the right amount could be one. “With too many quotes, it gets too confusing trying to make a decision. NARI offers a list of questions to ask potential contractors on its website.
How a contractor answers questions is extremely important, but communication goes both ways. One of the most important things [a homeowner] can find in a designer, and a builder is somebody who listens to them. One of the things that’s made us successful is we don’t do all the talking.
Chemistry also weighs heavily into the selection of a contractor. “This is a longstanding relationship. You have to trust the person you’re working with.
Once rapport has been established, ask to see some of the contractor’s projects. If they meet with approval, request references and then actually call the contractor’s former customers to check upon them. Ask how the contractor did at executing the project. Was it on-time and on-budget? Were they pleased with the outcome? Was there anything that could have been done differently?
Why You Need A Professional Contractor For Your Bathroom Remodel
A More Professional Finish
If you are thinking of doing a DIY bathroom remodel job, ask yourself whether the end product will look like a professional did it. A remodelling contractor will give guidance and get the job done accurately with exceptional workmanship and care. Highland Construction and Restoration is familiar with the best installation practices that deliver quality results and bring the style and function requirements for your Bath.
Professionals have many contacts with certain manufacturers or suppliers who can cut them in on good deals for the highest quality products. If you make the purchases yourself, you could easily get confused at your local home improvement store with little knowledge of the best brands, all while paying hefty prices.
When you hire Highland Construction and Restoration to do a bathroom remodel, the job will be completed in less time and with minimal disruption. A remodelling contractor will navigate the permit and inspection requirements for you. This ensures you do not experience delays and that all work is completed to the required standards. You will spend more time focusing on the fun aspects of the remodel while letting the professionals handle the more tedious stuff.
Reliable bathroom contractors are licensed, bonded and insured to do the job right the first time. It’s important that you choose a company that not only specializes in bathroom renovations but has earned a positive reputation within the community to make certain your remodel is completed successfully.
Don’t be fooled: Just because a bathroom is typically a relatively small space doesn’t necessarily mean remodelling it is an easy, do-it-yourself job. With the complexity of skills involved — such as plumbing, electrical, and tiling — you’ll likely benefit from the help of a contractor. And a contractor might help you save money in the long run by avoiding costly mistakes.
A contractor manages the construction work required to create your dream bathroom — reviewing the drawings and specifications and providing a cost estimate to you and your architect or designer. The contractor might do the work or hire subcontractors to handle part or all of the project. With small projects, you might not need professional design services and can work directly with an experienced contractor. Alternatively, a design-build contractor can oversee both the design and construction services, thus simplifying the process and helping you stay on budget.
Here are some things you can expect from your contractor:
The contract outlines the scope of the project. Make sure it contains:
- Details about the materials being used.
- A clear description of what the contractor will do, such as protect personal property at the job site and clean up daily and upon completion of the job.
- Approximate start date and completion dates.
- The total price, payment schedule, and any cancellation penalties.
- A warranty covering materials and workmanship for at least one year.
Discuss worker behaviour expectations with your contractor before construction begins. For example, are you okay with smoking on the job site? Can any music be played, and what volume is acceptable? Ask about typical work schedules so you’ll know when to expect workers at your door. Consider putting up a message board at the job site where you and your contractor can leave questions and comments. Also establish a consistent day and time for project meetings to discuss work progress, schedules, and any unexpected discoveries.
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Before making your final payment, plan to walk through your finished bathroom with your contractor and discuss anything that still needs to be changed or completed.
A bathroom remodels a good idea. It is even a greater idea if you have a specialist contractor do it for you. The tips above can help you find the best contractor for the job.