How To Plan A Bathroom Remodel

By Robert Robillard on Bathrooms

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Prepare A Budget:

Proceeding with no budget is just plain stupid unless you have access to limitless cash.  Take the time to define and work up a scope of work with your contractor to arrive at a professional, accurate and performable budget. 

Unrealistic budgets are very common among homeowners that have not researched costs or do not understand what is really involved in a bathroom remodel.

Many people have no clue what things cost and when they try to get a contractor to make an unrealistic budget a reality the end result is corners get cut and extras appear more that they should. 

At a minimum you will need a well detailed proposal for your bathroom remodel.

In my opinion, vague proposals and plans encourage low bidding and invite many hidden and sometimes costly “extras” later on.  Not having a detailed plan and then submitting that plan to your contractors is a recipe for a bidding disaster.

Not submitting all of the bidding contractors the same WRITTEN scope of work will guarantee that  that two different contractors bidding on the same project will NEVER arrive at the same conclusions and will ALWAYS make assumptions to fill missing voids.  This will result in that all to often “apples to oranges comparison.”

Remember… Not having a well detailed or drawn out plan means that the contractors bid only on what “they gleaned” from your verbal communication.  Some, unprofessional contractors will take this as an opportunity bid low and hit you later with extras.

By being informed, expecting the unexpected, careful planning and using common sense, will allow you to you can minimize stress, costly errors and maximize your budget to arrive at a spectacular bath remodel project.

Arriving At Your Budget:

Once the budget is prepared, factor in and plan to spend at least ten percent more as a contingency allowance for hidden and unforeseen conditions! 

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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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