Top 5 questions about bathroom renovations answered

So, you’ve decided to renovate your bathroom. Congratulations!  However I’m sure you have some good questions like how to do a bathroom renovation, what order to start a bathroom renovation, how much are bathroom renovations and  how long does it take, etc.! Well here we will answer the top 5 questions about bathroom renovations asked of us in Durham Region this past year.

1- How to do a bathroom renovation

Now it’s time to choose if you want to do the work yourself or hire a contractor to help you. One of the most important things to ask is: how many full bathrooms do you have? If the answer is one, you really should consider hiring a professional. A professional will be able to work quickly whereas you will be tired after work and may not get to it until the week end. I foresee the never ending renovation.

A professional will, give you a game plan and timeline. You will need to select your materials and decide what you are keeping, re-vamping/painting and make a shopping list. The best answer to how to do a bathroom renovation is to do it right the first time, and that usually means hiring a professional.

2- What order to start a bathroom renovation

The first part of a renovation is always the demolition. Your contractor will most likely gut the entire room to the bare floor and walls. If there are any obvious signs of water damage or rot they will be investigated at this time and the necessary repairs will be done.

There is a particular order to start a bathroom renovation if you want the job to be done correctly. First the tub must be placed. Then the floor must be laid, tiles are preferred because of the water filled environment. Tilling is a two day endeavour; first day you lay, second day you grout. Now you can paint, add the toilet, vanity and mirror.

3- How much are bathroom renovations

After you find out how to do a bathroom renovation and what process should be followed, the most obvious question is almost always how much are bathroom renovations going to cost me. Bathroom renovations can average between $9,000 to $20,000 this is highly dependant on size and if you are relocating pipes, vents, electrical this will increase your costs. Asking how much are bathroom renovations going to cost if we use your services is a must ask question and you should request the answer in writing from your contractor.

4- How long do bathroom renovations take

A straight forward bathroom renovation can last for 3-4 weeks start to finish. This is to allow all the trades to come in and do their work. Please note that because this is a bathroom; space is limited, the plumber cannot work on the floor while the electrician is on a ladder and the painter is behind him. They will not appreciate being rushed, cramped in a tiny hot space and your end result could suffer. You may be surprised how many homeowners start their own bathroom renovation with out exploring the simple question “how long do bathroom renovations take”. Family life can be severely disrupted if the bathroom is not available or alternative solutions are not available. This is one question that needs an accurate answer to maintain harmony in the home.

5- How to budget for bathroom renovations

As with any renovation project you need to allocate 15% – 20% for overages or unforeseen costs. Keep in mind that a good contractor will tell you if there is no point in continuing the project at this point because of a major issue that can seriously affect your safety or the value of your home. For example: Asbestos. If any contractor finds it, the site is shut down immediately and a professional cleaning crew must be called in. What do you do now? You can choose to ignore the fact that most likely your entire home is laced with Asbestos and continue with the bathroom Reno as planned. Or, you can put the bathroom on hold and have your home cleared of any and all Asbestos. Ultimately the choice is yours. Nobody likes a surprise tacked on to their budget for bathroom renovations, so make sure to build in some allowances.

More questions about bathroom renovations?

Armed with this information I hope that you can plan your dream bathroom, but if you have more questions on bathroom renovations or want a quote on your specific bathroom renovation just call us, we are here to help everyone in Oshawa and Durham Region!

Keep in mind that your renovation needs to withstand the tests of time so that means; research! Take a look at independent studies and online ratings before splurging on high price items. Your renovation should last you at least 10-12 years; now you may need to change the paint colour once in a while just to stay current. Everyone remembers the all baby pink bathrooms of the 80’s – let’s not do that again! Your bathroom should reflect your style and make you happy at the end of the day.

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Be sure to review our entire Bathroom Renovation Page.  Thinking of a Kitchen Renovation instead?

Manulock are experts at home renovations and are based in Oshawa serving all of Durham Region and comply with all building codes & standards.

Call 1-905-550-5125 for your free quote now!

Manulock Contruction

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Oshawa, Ontario L1H 4G1
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