The many home improvement shows and books out there would like us to believe that DIY bathroom remodels are an easy task. Something that could be tackled in long weekend maybe. Sorry to burst the bubble, but just like remodeling any part of your home, bathroom remodeling can be an exhausting experience. Consider everything that is affected by a bathroom remodel and the task can soon become overwhelming. Below is a list of the most commonly made bathroom remodeling mistakes. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!<
- The absolute biggest mistake is doing even a small bathroom remodel yourself. Take into consideration that although the bathroom is relatively small, the skills needed to complete your bathroom remodel are the same skills needed to build a house. Electrical, plumbing, flooring, wall coverings, – let alone a design for the bathroom to begin with. Oftentimes homeowners will tear out their tub and shower only to realize they don’t have the expertise to replace the studs, plumbing, backer board, and more that are behind all that tile! If you’ve done the tear-out and realize you’re in over your head, calling a contractor when you’re desperate can leave you open to price gouging.
- Not having a proper new bath design laid out at the beginning can lead to problems down the road with your new bathroom. The idea of designing your bathroom yourself can seem like a good idea at first. Maybe you have an eye for colors or have watched enough HGTV to convince yourself remodeling and designing a new bath is not that hard. Designing an attractive and efficient new bathroom is much more than choosing nice colors and fancy cabinets. Did you install the plumbing in a hard to access place, somewhere that would involve tearing out everything if there’s a leak? Is the plumbing up to code? Did you forget to leave enough clearance for the entry way, shower door, and cabinet doors? Once these items are installed, it’s not easy to go back.
- Another huge bath remodeling mistake is an unrealistic time line. What you thought was going to take a week, has now dragged into three weeks. What’s worse, no end in sight. Now here come the unexpected expenses that arise when you accidentally damage something and that leads to the repair of something else and so on… Are you financially and mentally prepared for that? Knowing the proper time-line that each step takes and how long is an acquired skill that comes from years of bathroom remodeling.
- Do you have or know what the proper materials that need to go into a bathroom? For example, you can buy a shower base most anywhere, but they’re often thin shells that crack easily. Lowe’s and Home Depot sell cheap shower bases and tubs but remember the old adage, you get what you pay for. Does you new bathtub or shower base come with a built in slip-resistant surface like Re-Bath of Houston bases? Sealant and paint are another example. You want to be sure both can take the high moisture levels of the bathroom.
- Another bathroom remodel mistake is poor ventilation. Inadequate ventilation can cause steam and water to build up creating the perfect environment for mold infestation. Don’t rely entirely on a bathroom window to solve all of the moisture issues in your bathroom remodel. Adding an exhaust fan for back up ventilation is always a good idea. When installing vent fans you want to be sure you are placing it in the correct spot so it can be the most efficient. You will also need to be sure that you have the electrical skills to hook it up correctly.
Let’s face it; the home improvement industry doesn’t have an exemplary record. The highest rate of complaints to the Better Business Bureau stems from the home improvement industry.
You can protect yourself and family by being informed of the biggest mistakes made when having the bathroom remodeled. So folks, the moral of this story is this: unless you are a licensed professional, do not attempt doing a bathroom remodel on your own. Professionals are called professional for a reason. Call Re-Bath of Houston today for a free consultation! (281) 894-4600 or 1 (800) Bathtub.