There are very few remodeling projects as tough as updates to your home’s bathroom. Bathroom remodeling is challenging even for seasoned professionals, and DIY-ers are often intimidated by the prospect. When you remodel a bathroom, you have to consider all the plumbing, electrical, and tile work that’s needed, which all require those skill sets for a job well done. Such remodeling is dense, tight work, too, and every inch counts. There’s also the issue of timeline pressure. Your bathroom is an essential space, and there can be a lot of pressure to just complete the remodel and get the room back into service as quickly as possible.
It’s not that you can’t successfully remodel your bathroom, but there are a few likely reasons why you would hire a professional depending on your needs. Let’s take a closer look at when it can be a good idea to remodel your bathroom yourself and when it’s best to hire an Eagle Construction professional.
When to DIY
It’s appropriate for a DIY bathroom remodel if you happen to have the time and experience to accomplish the project. If you know your budget is small and want to save on labor costs, you could also complete part of the remodel that you’re comfortable with and then hire a plumber and electrician to support the more technical aspects of the upgrade. A DIY bathroom remodel should include a detailed plan with information about choosing the right materials for the job. Essentially, knowing your strengths and weaknesses for a DIY project can make the outcome both less expensive of great quality.
Small Budget & Saving on Labor Cost
A DIY bathroom remodel should include a detailed plan with information about choosing the right materials for the job. If you know your budget is small and want to save on labor costs, you could also complete part of the remodel that you’re comfortable with and then hire a plumber and electrician to support the more technical aspects of the upgrade. Laying your own tile, painting, resurfacing a tub, and taking care of other surface repairs are also some convenient ways you can save money. Essentially, knowing your strengths and weaknesses for a DIY project can make the outcome both less expensive of great quality.
You Have Experience and Remodeling Skills
A DIYer with years of experience under their belt won’t have big issues with a DIY bathroom project. Be certain that you give yourself enough time to complete the remodel, and factor in time and costs for any problems that could arise. Doing your own plumbing and electrical work are where things can become very challenging. If the bathroom plumbing is in good working condition and the wiring is already set up, the work has a better chance of all going well. If new plumbing or wiring is required, hiring our friendly professionals at Eagle Construction may be the best bet.
When You Should Hire a Professional
The best reason to hire a professional to remodel your bathroom is if you don’t have the experience necessary to accomplish every step of the DIY bathroom remodel. Without the tools and skills, it’s a bad idea to start a large-scale remodel, work on a large bathroom, work on extensive plumbing or electrical problems. All of these are great reasons to hire a professional. At Eagle, our licensed professionals can save you time and effort so you can focus your energy elsewhere. Additionally, a DIY bathroom remodel will rarely look as good as when professionals do it.
You Can’t Commit Enough Time
A DIY bathroom remodel can take up a lot of time. The reality is that, often, the cost of using a general contractor is worth it because you don’t have to devote nearly as much time to the process. Consider that even seasoned professionals can work 8 or more hours a day to remodel a bathroom, yet it can still require up to 4 or 5 weeks to finish the work. Alternatively, a DIYer is only able to work during their free time or on weekends and will need substantially more time to finish the project.
You Need to Waterproof
Making your bathroom waterproof helps prevent any mold or mildew from growing. Utilizing waterproof materials like stone, tile, and metal are perfect options for a remodel because moisture doesn’t make them decay. An expert plumber can help ensure that pipes don’t leak, and hiring an electrician to install an exhaust fan can help reduce moisture in the bathroom.
Structural, Electrical, or Plumbing Work
It’s helpful to know that professional electricians and plumbers know the details of building codes and if you need a permit to start a bathroom remodel. They have the skills to be able to recognize when wiring or pipes require updating or maintenance. Putting in new wiring and plumbing, integrating a new bathtub, putting up new drywall, tiling the walls or floor are just a few high-skill jobs that experienced professionals can handle with ease. To save yourself time and stress, it may be worth the extra cost to pay an expert to do the hard work for you.
If you need a full bathroom remodel, it’s strongly recommended that you hire a professional. Your home’s bathroom(s) is one of the most important spaces, so don’t put it in the hands of anyone but the experts. Contact Eagle Design and Construction today to discuss the details of your bathroom remodel project!