5 Things You Need to Know Before You Remodel Your Bathroom


A bathroom is both a comfort space and a practical one. It should be treated as one of the most important spaces in your home for several reasons including resale value. Here, we’ll have a look at 5 things you need to know before bathroom remodeling in Syracuse NY.

  • Understanding your Why?

Why do you want to remodel in the first place? This seems an odd question but it’s essential to your success in remodeling a bathroom. Knowing the answer will set you in the right direction.

Here’s some prompts:

  • I want to remodel to resell my home in the future.
  • I need room to expand my family unit.
  • I just need a bathroom that I don’t share with anyone
  • My bathrooms are so outdated I don’t want to sell but I need a change
  • There are things I need to fix anyway so why not go all the way and remodel
  • Getting your Dream Bathroom and your Budget down on Paper”

Before you can even deal with your budget, or hire bathroom remodeling contractors we suggest getting your dream down on paper. For now, relax and live a little. Start with everything you’ve ever wanted in a bathroom like a gorgeous mirror or diy tower garden and funnel it down after the next step. You’ll get more of what you envisioned realistically than if you tried to work within a budget initially.

Now, get your finances in order with these prompts:

  • Do you have a budget for remodeling or for fixing the essentials? We suggest that you don’t make the mistake of pooling those funds together. Other things in the house can break and you don’t want to take from one fund to fulfill another. That’s a surefire way of creating debt and going broke the moment something else breaks. Create a budget, even if you have to wait a bit to accumulate it or remodel in stages.
  • If you have a budget, go back over your list or blueprint you created in step one and start pricing out things. Fixtures and fittings; bathtubs and showers or an all-in-one; tile, marble, stone or mica etc… Know the square footage of your bathroom so you know what you’re being charged by the bathroom remodeling contractors.

Plumbing and electric is a huge factor if it’s a big remodel then shifting the plumbing and possibly electric is going to be the most expensive thing you do. These contractors are separate even if they work for the same company. The price tag could rise if you’re not aware.

  • Choose a few residential bathroom remodeling contractors for estimates:

This is where you take all the knowledge you just collected about what you want to create and how much things may cost for your unique bathroom. Get several estimates.

What to keep in mind about your potential contractor:

  • Check References:

Regardless of how big the company is or if they give you a great estimate, check their references. In fact, there should be past customers that you can speak to and ask if the picture they have is really their home. Some may actually allow you to see it or will send a live image to you. People are more comfortable with technology and showing off what they’re proud of.

  • Ask to see their insurance:

This is not an unusual request. There should be no burden of payment on you should something go wrong. They should have the minimum insurance coverage that will allow for but not limited to, the following:

  • Personal Liability
  • Workman’s Comp
  • Property Damage

On top of this, ask for a start to end date for the whole project and estimated start to end dates for any steps in the process.

  • Find out who the subcontractors are and what they’ll do if they use them.

It’s very common for contractors to hire outside third-party contractors. Ask for the same exact information on the subcontractors as you did for the main contractor. The most common ones are tile layers, plumbers and electricians. Those are the main components needed for a good bathroom remodel job but there’s no guarantee they’ll be employees. In fact, oftentimes, they could be free or reduce-cost labor from a trade school or day labor companies. Find out everything before you choose and don’t let anyone start until you’re sure.

Part Two: Bathroom Remodeling Ideas and Advice

Now that you’ve gone through the essentials to make your residential bathroom remodeling a success you can take your list or blueprint that you’ve funneled down to fit your budget and get started. What if, like many people you’re having a bit of an issue deciding what you should do/ After all, not everyone has a dream bathroom right? Below are some things to consider before you make your final decision using the same step one and 3 at least.

  • Balance Beauty and Practicality:

It’s great to dream of a bathroom that suits your whims and emulates unspeakable beauty, but you’ve got to be practical too. Consider all the furniture and fixtures you have in the bathroom and where they’ll go. It gets old to have a bathroom you have problems moving around in because the vanity or toilet is in the way. An open-plan but functional space brings the most happiness.

  • Create a Space that’s Evergreen:

Trends come and go. You’re better off with a more classic or neutral scheme than the latest thing. If you’re spending your hard-earned money, you’ll want a one -and – done for a long while. The more neutral the tones and classic the design, the easier it is to add fresh accessories over time.

  • Choose a Focal Point:

Create a vanity or other space within the bathroom that makes a statement. That’s called a statement piece and what it is will depend on the size and shape of the bathroom and what you accompanied it as well, for example dracaena varieties or any other small home plants.

This is your ultimate guide to a more seamless bathroom remodel. Call us for a free estimate today and start creating your dream bathroom remodel.

Callista Porter
Callista Porter, with a background in architecture (B.Arch, University of Texas), has made a name for herself in the renovation industry over the past 12 years. Her expertise is restoring and modernizing historic homes, balancing preservation with contemporary aesthetics. Callista joined our platform in 2021, sharing insights on architectural integrity and modern design trends in her writing. Her passion for history extends into her hobby of collecting vintage home decor, which often inspires her renovation projects.

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