The first thing you must do is determine the amount of money that you are willing to spend on the remodel. Are you planning to pay for it all at once, or is your intention to spend cash from each paycheck until the job is complete? Will you be using credit or will the project be part of a home remodel loan?
It is essential that you understand how much you will have to invest so that you can determine how to best distribute the funds. Otherwise, you might end up with unfinished portions of the remodel because you overspent in the beginning.
Now, you will need to assess the bathroom and determine the things that you want to tackle. List them from most important to least important. For instance, you might want a double sink more than you need a new toilet. Additionally, you should make note of the elements that you want to keep.
If you keep the same color scheme that is in the bathroom, you might be able to save some money on your remodel. However, you can still trim corners if you prefer to use a new decor with the updated design.
Figure out which of the projects you can handle and which will require professional services. In many communities licensed electricians and plumbers must perform, or at least inspect, any home improvement work. Your local government website should have the information you need.
However, just because you are allowed to perform some of the work doesn’t mean that you should. Although the home improvement shows on television can make it look easy, squaring off tiles across an entire floor or wall is not a breeze the first time. If you tackle things beyond your skill set, you will likely need to pay a pro to fix it. This double hit on your budget will make it harder to complete the remodel.
In many places across the nation you can find pieces for your remodel at incredibly low prices. Thrift stores designed for contractors to donate unused items once projects are finished can be a goldmine of opportunities. You can pick up everything from floor tiles to overhead light fixtures at a fraction of what you would spend otherwise. Also, check local classified ads to see what you can find for your bathroom remodel.
You can have a great project completed while remaining within your budget if you plan well in advance. Once you have determined what you want done and allocated your available funds accordingly, you can begin shopping around for good deals and contractors that will allow you to begin transforming your bathroom into the one you envision in your mind.