The choice to remodel a bathroom or kitchen is a great option for homeowners looking to modernize their space and also add value to their home. Some bathroom or kitchen remodels may be easy and straight forward, like changing out the plumbing fixtures and repainting the walls, while others may be more complex with a complete overhaul. Regardless of the extent of the remodel, we encourage homeowners to consider these plumbing tips before they remodel a bathroom or kitchen.
Be Prepared for Surprises
You have heard the phrase “tip of the iceberg”, well this applies during the remodel of a bathroom or kitchen. What’s visible on the outside of the wall, could be completely different inside the wall, in fact, many homeowners might be surprised by what they find once they open the wall. From plumbing surprises, electrical surprises, lead paint, asbestos, and more, one thing is certain, homeowners who want to remodel a bathroom or kitchen need to mentally prepare themselves for these little surprises.
Leave Room in The Budget
To remodel a bathroom or kitchen, there needs to be a budget. Some things to keep in mind when it comes to creating a budget to remodel a bathroom or kitchen is the cost of demolition, building supplies, licenses, labor, and surprises. Just like it’s important to be mentally prepared for surprises, it is also important to leave room in the budget. More often than not, homeowners looking to remodel a bathroom or kitchen end up going over budget, leaving a little extra room in the budget can help prevent sticker shock.
Many cities require building permits when undergoing a remodel. To prevent red tape, delayed completion, and extra costs, homeowners need to check with their local city planning office before work starts to ensure everything is permitted and also up to code. Code violations can pose a threat to safety and also prevent real estate transactions from taking place.
One of the best ways to prevent problems with the remodel of a bathroom or kitchen is to hire a professional. A professional plumber will be able to help create a realistic budget, know how to handle surprises, and ensure that everything is permitted and up to code. Not to mention professionals should be licensed and bonded to help ensure the quality of work.