Why DIY Bathroom Remodeling is a Don’t
After all, there are plenty of books and videos on the subject and you did a great job painting the kids’ bedroom last year. However, if you stop and think about what is actually really involved in a bathroom remodel you may just want to think again.
The average bathroom remodel involves more than just painting a few walls. Replacing old fixtures, changing the flooring, maybe even knocking down a wall to give you a bit of extra space, are your DIY skills really up to it?
Let’s make a list of what will really be involved in your bathroom remodel.
Ripping Out Old Bathroom Fixtures and Disposing of Them – Do you know how to “unplumb” a toilet or rip out that old sink without flooding the house? Where are you going to dispose of them? It’s unlikely your garbage man will be willing to take them with your weekly household trash.
Installing New Bathroom Fixtures – Can your home survive without a toilet for days if the instructions in that book you picked up don’t quite work out? Do you know how to actually get the water flowing again through the new faucet?
Flooring – Laying tile is not as easy as it looks and even getting linoleum right is tricky. And when do you do the floor, before or after you have replaced all the fixtures?
Legal Issues – Do you know which building codes you need to worry about? If you are installing or changing electrical components are they to code as well? Mistakes with bathroom electrics can not only be costly but deadly as well.
Time – Do you really have time to redo your bathroom yourself? The bathroom is the busiest room in the house and not finishing the project because the weekend ended will probably cause more than one or two problems.
These are just the basics, if you long for a more extensive remodel there is even more to consider. If you are remodeling your bathroom get it done right the first time and hire a reputable contractor to do the work for you. In the end you will be very glad you did.