Homeowners are often torn when faced with a bathroom remodel whether to hire a contractor or to make it a DIY bathroom remodel. It can be a hard decision because there are many factors to think about. When using a contractor the work may be more professional looking depending on the home owners building skill. However it will definitely be more expensive. Here are a few things to consider before making your final decision.
Contractors may charge more but they can finish the job much faster and the work is usually better than the average DIY. However make sure you get references, especially from people you actually know and have seen work they have completed. Ask the reference about the actual contract and how the overall experience was. Did they finish on time? Did they honor the contract or try to get more money? In general if a contractor does terrible work they will not be in business long and wouldn’t have many references. Try to avoid family members, friends or distant friends of the family, this is where the majority of problems arise. A friend’s brother in law typically is a bad idea unless you have seen some of their master pieces.
Going the DIY route is going to be a longer more stressful endeavor however, you will end up saving time overall and there is a certain amount of pride that comes from tackling a large project on your own. If it’s not a full tear out and your just replacing a shower, vanity or toilet this is probably a no brainer for the average DIY-er. Ripping everything down to the studs and subfloor is a different story. Having done many a DIY projects I know the key is to not set deadlines and to remain calm although this can be hard for some.
Before you start your remodel think long and hard of the coming months of work. Although you may think you can tackle something in a week or two, things come up as with all construction jobs. It’s very rare anything goes smoothly or as planned. Take your time and enjoy the process as good or as bad as it may be, because in the end it’s not about the remodeling job it’s about the finished product. Your new bathroom remodel will be enjoyed for years to come.