Many people are starting to realize why a regular improvement and remodeling of their bathrooms is important for their family’s health, as well as for maintaining the value of the home. But, since hiring bathroom remodeling contractors comes with a hefty price, some people decide that they can just improvise and DIY some parts (or the whole) renovation/remodel. Though it may be a bright and brilliant idea, did you know that there’s more to the task than just a few tweaks here and there?
Experts say that you will need to consider a lot of things when deciding whether you’ll hire professionals, or do it your elf: your skill sets, your confidence, your budget, tools available, and your spare time. Moreover, some parts of the bathroom, like plumbing and electricity should be left to the pros because meddling with it can only worsen the situation.
“If you screw up the plumbing, you will cause other problems in your house,” says Brian Johnson, a principal architect in a private firm in Montana, says. This can only mean additional spending on repairing accidents.
What is included in a remodeling project?
A project is considered remodeling when it tackles, fixes, repairs, or installs a new toilet, tub with a tile surround, an integrated solid-surface double sink and vanity, recessed medicine cabinet, a ceramic tile floor and vinyl wallpaper.
It can be an upscale remodel when you want to expand the room an additional 8 square feet into existing space, adding a window, moving fixtures such as the toilet and replacing them with high-end models, a 4- X 6-foot tiled shower with a shower wall, a bidet, stone countertops in the vanity with two sinks, linen closet, tile floor, lighting, an exhaust fan and other amenities.
Can you really DIY it?
Many TV fixer-upper shows make it so easy—even encouraging its audience to do more DIY projects for their homes. But, the truth is, there are things and parts of the process that should be done by the professionals alone. According to experts, DIYers often run out of time, patience, and dedication when it comes to remodeling their bathrooms. DIYers need to know what they plan to get into—time, budget, and technicalities wise.
The trend with DIYers is that they lose the drive, motivation, and inspiration once they become busy and preoccupied with work, or get discouraged because they just didn’t have the skills or tools needed to remodel a bathroom.
Are you really saving money when you DIY it?
“There are a lot of references and resources that point to DIY projects costing significantly more money than hiring a professional and significantly more time,” Stephanie Brick, an architectural designer says. She adds that a DIY project can quickly become too much for the handiest of homeowners to handle. “It ends up being monumental and significantly more expensive and time-consuming.”
Moreover, DIYers should also account the expenses used in buying the needed tools, as well as the extra materials needed just in case the project fails.
Bathroom remodeling tasks DIYers shouldn’t attempt
Most tasks unfit for a DIYer who hasn’t worked in the remodeling industry appear obvious for legal reasons. Others look simple but become major headaches. Experts advise that homeowners should stay away from installing new plumbing, pulling wires or making structural changes. Basically because of the reason that these jobs require building permits and usually need a licensed professional to pull them. An inspector must sign off on permitted work at certain phases.
“With bathrooms, it’s far too complicated and complex [for homeowners to do the work],” Brick says. “Really, with anything involving plumbing and electrical, it becomes a safety issue.”
When tearing into bathroom walls and flooring, remodeling professionals often find water damage or active leaks, Brick says. A contractor has the expertise to correct these issues right away, but a homeowner might not notice them, she adds.
“Bathrooms and plumbing, in general, are more complex than they often appear to people who haven’t remodeled,” she says.