Remodeling a bathroom is one of the best ways to boost the value of your property, as well as to increase the overall quality of life in your household. The problem, however, lies in the fact that a major bathroom remodeling project is an expensive endeavor. In order to cut costs, some people prefer to try doing these tasks on their own. The way in which this works is fairly simple, they save money by not having to pay the professionals, which helps them stay on the budget, however, this is not always an available option. Sometimes, the task is just too complex, at other times, the end result would not be the same. With that in mind and without further ado, here are several tasks that you should always, always, entrust to professionals.
The first thing you need to do, during the remodeling project, is the flooring. While this sounds like a simple task, you need to understand that flooring in your bathroom might be under a lot more stress and duress than the floor in any other area of your home. Why? Well, first of all, it’s because the place itself is quite humid and moist, which means that any cavity is an ideal breathing ground for mold. Also, it is pivotal when it comes to the insulation of the area (especially if it’s not on the ground level). In other words, while this is something that you could, in theory, handle yourself, it’s just better to leave these things to professionals.
Painting a bathroom wall sounds like a simple task, however, you need to ensure that the wall is resistant to the humid atmosphere of the bathroom. The cost of the right paint is already higher, seeing as how you need to aim for good-quality satin, semi-gloss or even high-gloss standard paint. A highly washable finish is also more than recommended. The key thing is to prevent mold and damage to your walls and paint. You should also take into consideration the fact that the bathroom is the smallest of the rooms in your home, which is why hiring professionals to paint it won’t be as expensive as you expect.
When it comes to things that you shouldn’t do on your own during the bathroom remodeling, the fixture installation is at the very top of the list. A lot of people want to replace their old fixtures with low-flow ones in order to make their bathroom eco-friendlier and more frugal. However, installing this on your own is not advised, seeing as how it requires a lot of plumbing work. In other words, when installing a new toilet, it’s far better to hire toilet installation and repair specialists than to try and handle this task on your own.
Installation of cabinets and countertops
The biggest advantage of having professionals install cabinets and countertops lies in the fact that this can save you a tremendous amount of time. Think about it, this is a task that comes at the very end, which means that you will be anxious to wrap it all up and have your bathroom ready for the use. A three-person crew of professionals can make all of this happen a lot sooner than you and your friends, neighbors or family members could. Also, during the installation, there’s a risk of dropping or scratching some of the newly installed/painted surfaces. In order to avoid this, you might want to look for professional assistance.
The electrical work
The most important security issue, when it comes to bathroom remodeling is the question of light in your bedroom. You see, due to the humidity of the area and the fact that there is a lot of exposure to open streams of water, you don’t want to risk having any faulty installations within the room. This is especially true for those who plan to add an extra heater to the place. Other than this, thelighting in the area needs to be functional, which is why having professionals tend to it is your optimal choice. The last thing worth mentioning here is the fact that LED is always a smart choice.
The value of time
One topic that we have to discuss before we end this discussion is the value of your time. Sure, you may be able to handle a task with the same level of quality as the professional (which is highly unlikely) but how long is this going to take. Now ask yourself one question, if you are a professional, ask yourself how much is an hour of your labor worth. Add to this the fact that you’re doing something that you’re not completely comfortable with, which should add a bit more to the price. Lastly, ask yourself, how many free hours per week do you really have and would you be willing to sacrifice them in order to save a relatively small amount of money.
At the end of the day, there are two types of tasks – those that you can and those that you can’t figure out on your own. Even those that you could, in theory, handle in a DIY manner, are best left to professionals. Why? Because, handling them on your own would take a lot more time, second, because you could make a mistake that will manifest itself later on and third because you would have to call a professional to fix it, either way. When the third scenario happens, it would be ideal if you could summon a professional who did the installation to fix the error. They understand the system already and might even do you a freebie (in the form of a warranty). All in all, relying on professionals is simpler, cleaner and more efficient.