Bathroom Remodeler Selection

Don’t Just Hire any Bathroom Remodeler for Your Bathroom Remodeling Project

By Mark J. Donovan

For many homeowners, undertaking a bathroom remodel project is the perfect first step for improving the live-in value of their home. It’s a space people spend a lot of time in and it’s more affordable than undertaking a kitchen remodeling project. And even if they don’t plan on selling their home in the near future, a bathroom remodel provides one of the best returns on investment when it comes to home remodeling projects. Hiring the right bathroom remodeler for the project however can be a challenge. The right bathroom remodeler needs to possess a combination of general contracting skills and an understanding of contemporary bathroom design trends.

Hire a bathroom remodeler who lacks either of these two attributes and you may end up with a bathroom remodel that is less than you hoped or bargained for.

When hiring a bathroom remodeler make sure to interview prospective candidates that can present you with a portfolio of recently completed bathroom remodeling projects. Carefully review the bathroom remodeling design features that each bathroom remodeler incorporates into their bathroom remodels, and assess if they meet your bathroom remodeling ideas and objectives.

Also make sure each bathroom remodeler includes references as part of their portfolio presentation so that you can make the appropriate reference checks.

I always recommend getting at least three reference checks for each candidate, and at least one reference should be from a slightly older project, such as 3 to 5 years. This way you can understand not only each bathroom remodeler’s current work ethics, but also how his or her work stands up to father time. Also check with the Better Business Bureau and your appropriate state government agency to see if any of the candidates have any poor reviews or legal issues.

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For your part, you should provide to bathroom remodeler candidates a list of key features you want to see incorporated into your bathroom remodel.

Also, sketches of your proposed bathroom layout can also be of great help in explaining your bathroom remodeling goals. Moreover, any pictures of particular design bathroom design ideas that you want to have incorporated into the bathroom remodel should also be provided to the bathroom remodeler candidates.

Besides the key bathroom design features, it’s also important to discuss during the bathroom remodeler selection process any type of structural or mechanical changes that may be required. For example, will any walls need to be moved or framed to support a new Jacuzzi tub or custom ceramic tile shower? Also, will any additional electrical or rough plumbing be required to support the new bathroom remodel plans?

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By having a lengthy conversation with bathroom remodeler candidates and asking the right questions you should be able to ascertain if they have the general contracting skills to undertake such a project. Again, you don’t want to hire a bathroom remodeler who is strong on bathroom design ideas but weak on practical experience in carpentry and general contracting.

Also find out if the bathroom remodeler plans to use subcontractors, such as for plumbing and electrical work, or if they will do this type of work themselves. If they tell you they plan to do the plumbing and/or electrical work themselves, ask for them to provide copies of their plumbing and electrical licenses. They must have them to do the work.

Also, if your home was built pre 1978 confirm that the bathroom remodeler candidates have gone through lead paint and RRP certification. If they haven’t, then by federal law they should not work on the project.

A home built pre 1978 could have lead paint in it. There are specific federal laws on the books on how to remodel or work on a home that could potentially have lead paint in it. If a bathroom remodeler candidate dismisses this as no big deal, find another contractor.

With this basic outline for screening bathroom remodelers you should markedly improve your chances of having a successful bathroom remodeling project.

However, for more comprehensive information on bathroom remodeler section, you may want to check out my “Bathroom Remodeling Bid Sheet”. It is loaded with helpful suggestions on screening prospective bathroom remodelers and includes a detailed questionnaire that you provide to prospective bathroom remodelers to fill out. You can then compare their responses with the Homeowner Advice section in the “Bathroom Remodeling Bid Sheet” to identify the right bathroom remodeling contractor for your bathroom remodel.

The “Bathroom Remodeling Bid Sheet” is worth its weight in gold, as it can potentially save you thousands of dollars on your bathroom remodeling project. In addition, it will reduce the number of headaches and hassles that often accompany major remodeling projects that are not well planned out or managed. Moreover it will help to prevent scheduling delays and reduce the overall time for completing your bathroom remodel by ensuring you hire the right bathroom remodeling contractor.

For help on your bathroom remodeling project, see my Bathroom Remodeling Bid Sheet. The Bathroom Remodeling Bid Sheet provides a request for quote checklist section that you can provide to prospective bathroom remodeling contractors. It also includes a comprehensive bathroom remodeling cost breakdown table, in Microsoft Excel format, that allows the contractor to include his projected remodeling costs for every phase of the project.

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