Read This Before Starting your DIY Bathroom Remodel

When you consider remodeling a bathroom in your home, there are a lot of questions to answer. Should you DIY or hire a professional? What kind of finishes should you consider? Will it increase the value of your home?

Before you start a DIY bathroom remodel, answer these questions.

Move plumbing or leave as is?

Sometimes a bathroom only needs updating of fixtures. Other times, homeowners want to maximize space by rearranging the plumbing fixtures.

If you move plumbing, the remodeling project will be more expensive. Get advice from a professional before moving anything on your own. Some factors may not be readily apparent when you’re making plans, like plumbing within the floor or walls. Being willing to adapt your plans, especially when the unexpected happens, will help you stay sane throughout the remodeling project.

Bathtub or shower?

Bathtubs tend to be more family friendly. Showers can take up less space in a tight bathroom. Both features have pros and cons, so consider what is right for your family.

Measure the dimensions of the bathroom to see how your dream features will fit in the space. Do you have room for a soaker tub? Will a custom sized shower fit better? Seek advice from an experienced designer or plumber.

Trendy or Classic finishes?

Choose a finish that fits your home style and your decor. Debating between trendy or classic finishes can be a very personal choice, and your preferences may not be the same as another person. If you’re planning on renovating to sell your home, choose finishes that will be appealing to the most number of potential home buyers. If you’ll be living in your home for a while, choose finishes that will give you the most enjoyment!

Get samples of any finish you’re considering using in your bathroom. Buy one tile when possible, if the home improvement store you’re using doesn’t offer free samples. This way you can test combinations of flooring, tile, and paint before you install them in your bathroom.

DIY or Professional Contractor?

Deciding whether to take on a DIY bathroom remodel or hire a professional contractor comes down to confidence and experience. If you are primarily making minor cosmetic changes, you’ll probably manage to do it yourself. If you’re moving plumbing or walls, hiring a professional plumber or contractor is the safe choice. For anything in between, ask yourself how much risk you’re willing to take on and how much time & resources you’re willing to devote to the project.

Remodeling a bathroom can be a big project, but it can pay off dividends by increasing your enjoyment and the value of your home! For more advice and inspiration, talk to your REALTOR® and ask them to recommend local contractors to help with your bathroom remodel.

Originally published November 2, 2017 — Updated April 9, 2021