If you're planning a bathroom remodel, it's vital that you keep the work going on time and get things wrapped up as soon as possible. For most families, the bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the home and the one that can be hardest to do without. So, if you're about to embark on this exciting but daunting remodel, here is a handy guide to keeping it on track and on time.
Designate a Manager. One person should be in charge of getting the remodel project through all its stages so that there's less confusion and delay. The best person for this management job is an experienced contractor. Hiring a project manager may seem like an added expense you can avoid, but he or she can be worth their weight in gold by knowing how to navigate permit requirements, manage subcontractors, choose materials, and create a workable timeline.
Schedule Sections. Because the bathroom is a limited space that can be very complex, it's next to impossible to have more than one type of trade or section of the remodel happening at the same time. Flooring can't be done while cabinetry is being installed, for example. Electrical work needs to be done at a certain stage and may hold up things like plumbing or appliance installation. For this reason, it's a good idea to create a schedule for getting each part of the remodel done and bringing in the next project as soon as possible. Downtime between segments can cause chaos in your project.
Stay Local. If you want to avoid unnecessary risk to getting things done on time, try to avoid ordering very specialized materials or items from exotic locales. Not only will building and shipping them take longer, but you will have less recourse if any damage occurs in shipping or if the materials turn out to not be right for your space. Instead, opt for more off-the-rack materials and things purchased from local sellers you can speak with if needed.
Outsource. Don't try to DIY all the aspects of your bathroom remodel unless you're experienced in that aspect. For more important and technical projects like plumbing and electrical, it's best to hire a pro and let them do the work properly and efficiently. Trying to run your own pipes or install a new shower system, for example, can mean delays, rework, and frustration. It might cost a little more to pay for a pro, but you'll have a better shot at staying on time overall.
Following these steps when planning your new bathroom project—whether large or small—will go a long way toward making sure that the remodel goes smoothly and that your family can begin enjoying their new bath as soon as possible.