Did you know that a new bathroom suite could add as much as $50,000 to the value of your home? It’s undoubtedly a wise investment, even if you aren’t planning on putting your house on the market soon.
But bathroom renovations can cause disruption, so it’s essential to plan. The first thing you’ll want to establish is the typical bathroom remodel timeline. Here is our quick guide on what to expect.
Measure Up and Budget (1 week)
Before you can begin work, you need to decide on the look of your bathroom remodel. Shop around for bathroom suites and measure up the space. Make a special note if you plan on moving any plumbed fittings around.
Get Quotes (1-2 weeks)
You’ll need to know the likely bathroom remodel cost for the work.
So it’s time to seek out shortlisted contractors, arrange for them to visit your home, and get them to supply a quote. When getting the estimate for your bathroom remodeling, ask them to provide timescales.
Choose a Contractor (1-2 weeks)
Once you’ve chosen your preferred contractor from your shortlist of bathroom remodelers, ask them about lead times before they can start work. Also, sign a contract that includes an agreed deadline.
Order Materials (1-8 weeks)
You might order the materials and bathroom suite yourself, or you might prefer to get your contractor to do it. Always check lead times on items, especially if you are ordering overseas.
Some suites might have a delay of several months. You could be better off choosing a slightly different design in those circumstances.
Strip Out the Old Bathroom (1 week)
The first task your contractor will do is strip out your existing bathroom suite. You should check with your contractor about whether they will arrange for this to be taken away and disposed of or if they expect you to do it.
You’ll need to book this disposal work so that you aren’t level with an old suite taking up storage space in your home.
Plumbing and Electrical Work (1 week)
Plan a small bathroom remodel for a speedy timescale by replacing an old suite with a new one with an identical layout. The plumbing will be pretty straightforward.
However, suppose you want a complex remodel. In that case, layout alternations will take more time and involve moving around pipes below the floor.
Don’t forget that if you want new features like heated towel rails, you should allow extra time for the plumbing and wiring.
Bathroom Fitting (1-2 weeks)
Now it’s time for your contractor to fit your new suite.
The average timescale for this part of the job is 1-2 weeks, but you’ll need to stay on top of things to keep this on track. Your timeline could get delayed if the contractor finds they need to order a missing component.
Tiling and Decor (1 week)
Once your contractor has installed your suite, you’ll need to allow time to get the decoration complete.
Most people choose tiles for the walls, so allow several days to a week depending on the size of your bathroom. Don’t forget to allow time to paint walls and install new flooring.
The Bathroom Remodel Timeline
As you can see, the typical bathroom remodel timeline is several months from start to finish. But if you are flexible on design and layout, you could get it done sooner.
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