5 Costly Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes

5 Costly Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes

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If you’re planning to remodel your bathroom, avoiding these five common mistakes could save you thousands of dollars on the project, especially if you’re planning an upscale remodel.

Mistake #1: Rushing The Process

Poor planning is the leading cause of cost overruns on these projects. Coming up with a design that keeps the major plumbing lines in place can save you thousands because you won’t need to relocate the drain line in your home if you’re not moving the toilet from one wall to another. Depending on the size and scope of your bath projects, you should spend several weeks to a few months on the planning process.

Mistake #2: Skimping On Skilled Labor

Given how many trades are required for a typical bathroom remodel – plumbers, electricians, tile setters, cabinet installers, and more – it pays to find a top-notch general contractor to manage operations. The do-it-yourself approach can be an effective way to cut costs, but it’s best to focus on the front and back ends of the project. Leave the more complicated installations to the professionals. Make sure the contractor you settle on has an up-to-date license and insurance, including workers’ compensation.

Mistake #3: Cutting Corners On Key Materials

Items that get the most use should not be compromised. These are materials that you touch and feel each day. Faucets and tile are on the top of this list. You may find that opting for a basic finish on higher end faucets and fixtures is a better alternative that will fit into your budget without compromising quality rather than opting for lower end faucets. Lifetime warranties that cover leaks and stains have become more common on all but the cheapest faucets. While you can find quality tile options for $5 per square foot, super cut-rate tiles may have slight size inconsistencies. The results will be crooked lines that make a bathroom look shoddy.

Mistake #4: Buying Products Online Without Seeing Them In Person

Going online is great for researching products and design ideas. But materials and finishes aren’t always as they appear on your computer screen. That blue-gray quartz vanity top might be more blue than gray in real life, or the light fixtures that look understated online could overwhelm your actual space once it’s there. Always visit a showroom or design center before you buy. You may get them to meet or even beat the online price.

Mistake #5: Forgetting To Factor In Water Use

The trend toward tricked-out showers that might include multiple shower heads and body sprays will likely result in your water and energy use going up. These fixtures may require you to upgrade your bathroom’s existing drain and plumbing lines from half-inch to three-quarters. It may require you to upgrade your water heater as well, say, from a unit that holds 50 gallons a day to one that holds 80 gallons. Remember to discuss these details with professionals.

Now that you know the five costly bathroom remodeling mistakes people commonly make, you’re one step closer to creating the bathroom of your dreams.

Having an expertly remodeled bathroom will provide you years of pleasure and comfort. But do an amateur job and you’ll be reminded of this every day when you enter your bathroom. That’s why we recommend having professionals on your team if you’re planning to remodel your bathroom.
Watters Plumbing has been providing award-winning services for Northeast Wisconsin since 1960. They are Post Crescent’s Best of the Valley Readers’ Choice Awards Winner for 2013 & 2014. Their services include complete bathroom remodeling, plumbing, electrical work, water heaters, sump pumps, solar hot waters, and more. Make sure to use the coupon below to receive $350 off on a complete bathroom remodel from Watters Plumbing!

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