7 Ways to Reduce Stress for Bathroom Remodels

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Reduce Bathroom Remodeling Stress for Your Client7 Ways to Reduce Stress for Bathroom Remodels

Many contractors (and homeowners) hastily jump into a bathroom remodel project and unknowingly throw away money by not taking the proper steps to organize their project.

Whether you’re a contractor or a homeowner, it’s important that proper time be given to the planning process. The planning process helps you reduce stress for your client because you provide a detailed scope of work that is written in clear and concise terms so both parties know what’s expected.

7 Ways to Reduce Stress for Your Client

1.  Educate Yourself – It’s important that both the client and contractor know exactly what they’re getting into.  From the project scope to the materials used, education helps prevent subcontractors from being hit with any unexpected decisions or products requiring additional labor and/or materials to install.

2.  Plan, Plan, Plan – Many people assume that the contractor will make logical decisions in scheduling and planning the project. The fact of the matter is that a bathroom project involves numerous different contractors and each one of them has their own schedule and agenda. Getting these folks to physically see the site, submit a proposal and commit to a schedule can be a hard, but is imperative to make sure everyone is on the same page.

3.  Hidden Conditions – Many people have no clue about “the hidden costs” of remodeling and, unfortunately, some contractors don’t always let clients know the hidden costs. This can be because the contractor didn’t know about these extra costs, or they assumed the homeowner already knew about the costs. The key is to plan for, expect and inform all parties beforehand to reduce stress.

4.  Create A Budget – Starting without a budget is just plain stupid unless you have access to limitless cash. Take the time to define and create a mutually agreed-upon scope of work that establishes a professional, accurate and performable budget. Unrealistic budgets are very common among homeowners that have not researched costs or do not understand what is really involved in a bathroom remodel.

5.  Getting Started – Coordination is usually the job of a general contractor or architect. It’s important because without a schedule and proper coordination, the workers and individual projects are segregated and will not communicate well.

6.  Choosing And Ordering Fixtures – Early selection ensures that your contractors know what you want installed and can price accurately. It also gives them the opportunity to workout any structural, electrical or plumbing issues and determine whether the fixture is going to work in the space. The advice I give my clients is to choose your fixtures and get them on site where they can be inspected and stored for the project. Once everything is on site you can let the sledge hammers fly!

7.  Communication Is Key – Inevitably, the unexpected will happen, but good communication will allow you to handle these issues quickly. Without open communication it’s almost impossible to make timely decisions and move forward in order to keep the project on task.

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Robert Robillard is the editor of the blog, A Concord Carpenter, Assistant Editor of Tool Box Buzz and principal of a carpentry and renovation business located in Concord, Massachusetts. Rob hosts the Concord Carpenter... Read more

6 comments on “7 Ways to Reduce Stress for Bathroom Remodels

  1. Joe Sainz

    One thing that drives me crazy: over-demo’ing. All too often I see people who have watch some DIY special and start swinging a sledgehammer at everything in sight. A solid plan lays out the areas that HAVE to be demoed, and then we go from there.

    1. Jeff

      you couldnt be more right. i always remove the trim. strip the drywall then deal with whats in the wall.. ive seen it a few times where guys just start cutting into a wall with a recip with no knowledge of whats in the wall.. hitting live pipes, wires and other things… a disaster waiting to happen

  2. saunders dixon

    i have rarely used a sledge in demolition. demolition is not synonymous with destruction. better to say,”deconstruction” ;”we will carefully take apart what is no longer useful, leaving the good parts intact and unharmed, and add back new stuff to achieve the desired result”. care must be taken, or time and money will be wasted.

    1. Joe Sainz

      So true. My sledge for demo typically only came out on two things: old, heavy, cast iron tubs (too heavy to haul out) – and concrete when I didn’t have a brute around. Both weren’t much fun.

  3. Lan

    I never let customers do any work on their bathroom. They always ‘think’ they can do the demo. No way. Not all bathrooms get fully gutted and demo (like showers) is done very carefully and in a specific manner.

    Contracts, contracts, contracts is key with specific clauses, wording, etc. I let customers know what’s involved and what may arise so there are no surprises.

  4. Timothy H. Farney

    Great. Big thumbs up to your suggestion.What great info in bathroom remodeling in RI . This will surely will make a cool remodeling outcome! Your share is simple but direct to the point. My master bathroom is large enough with a tub of 6×8 ft. cause I am a bath person, I do love relaxing in a bathtub with a book and a glass of wine! I Will plan to have and add some details in our bathroom, maybe next month or so. Thank you =) Tim

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