While a bathroom renovation mostly depends on your goals and the team that you hire to perform the works, there’s so much that you, as a homeowner, can do in order to make this easier. By easier, we mean saving time and costs of the project as a whole. Moreover, we’re talking about a plethora of small, simple tasks that you do in order to minimize the damage, help out the team performing the works and get a lot quicker to the point at which you can start properly using your bathroom. Overall, here are four tips that will get you there the fastest.
Come up with a plan
The first and by far the most important thing that you need to do is come up with a plan. This plan depends on three things. The first one is your aspirations for the bathroom. The second one is your remodeling budget and the third one is the current state of your bathroom. You see, sometimes a bathroom remodel merely includes replacing tiles and a couple of fixtures. In other scenarios, you need to replace all your plumbing and this might require you to demolish certain parts of your bathroom. It also drastically adds to the cost of the project as a whole. It will also prolong the duration of the works, which may further inconvenience you.
Start making some calls
Once you have this figured out, you need to start organizing things and start looking for someone to do the actual work. Aside from the works themselves, you also need to make necessary orders (tiles, fixtures, etc.). The works themselves are just the tip of the iceberg. You also need to think about tasks like rubbish removal in the aftermath. This too is something that you could, in theory, figure out on your own, nonetheless, it’s simpler and quicker to just outsource this task, as well.
Devise temporary solutions
The next thing you need to take into consideration is the fact that your bathroom is essential for your day-to-day routine. This means that while it’s inactive, you’ll have to come up with a contingency plan. For instance, if you have a second bathroom, this shouldn’t be too much of a problem but more of a little inconvenience. It just might get a tad more crowded, which will temporarily make the situation in the house a tad harder to bear.
On the other hand, if this is your own bathroom, you will have to take showers at work, at the gym or at your neighbors’ place. You can always brush your teeth in the kitchen sink and, provided that you have a mirror anywhere in the house, you can just take a container of water and rinse your razor in it. You can rent out a portable outdoor toilet, for the time being, thus resolving another major point of concern.
Remove everything mobile
Another thing you should do is clear everything out before you start with the actual works. This includes removing all mobile objects like soaps, shampoos, razors, washcloths, etc. Other than this, you can also safely remove the toilet seat, bathmats, trash cans, scales and anything that is placed on the floor. When it comes to your walls, you can try to remove the medicine cabinet but even if you don’t feel comfortable doing this, you could at least empty it out. This way, once the professionals finally arrive at your place, they’ll be able to start working right away. For reasons that we’ve discussed in the previous section, this gives you a huge time-saving advantage.
Of course, this is not all that you can do, seeing as how those who feel more comfortable with this sort of works can also remove the tiles, turn the water off and remove the shower doors/curtains. On their own, each of these tasks may feel small and insignificant but the difference that they make together will more than make the difference. All in all, your bathroom renovation should be on its way in no time.