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How to Plan Your Bathroom Renovation

How to Plan Your Bathroom Renovation

You see it everyday. You can’t help but see it. It’s sitting there, pleading with you. Begging for a change. You know it deserves one, but where to begin? It’s been so long since you’ve changed so much as the wallpaper. As you keep reading, you’ll discover how to plan your bathroom renovation so that your budget, your sense of style, and your sanity all remain intact.

First and foremost, get out a pad and paper or fire up your computer so you don’t have to try and keep all the information in your head. Once you have a place to keep the record, you have to figure out what your budget is going to be. Whether you’re able to spend $3,000 or $30,000 will go a long way in determining the rest of the plan.

Next, you have to determine a time line. Again, budget will play a factor in this decision as well. Some things to consider when creating your time line are demo time, carpentry, plumbing, drywall, flooring,and fixtures. And be sure to add a little time on for those unforeseen little blips that always seem to come up.

You should also consider how many people will be using the bathroom on a regular basis. This will help you decide if you want two sinks, and stand up shower and tub, stand alone tub, etc. And remember to think about storage when planning, too. The issue of storage space comes up in just about every home, and if you are able to set aside a little space for it in your bathroom renovation plans, all the better.

Obviously, you’ll also want to take your own personal style into account when choosing fixtures and colors and designs. And there’s always the subject of whether to do it yourself, or hire someone else. Each of these options has its strong points. You’ll save money by doing it yourself, but will that fit into your timeline, and are you qualified to make the changes? And if you hire an outside contractor, be sure to ask for references and don’t be afraid to phone!

Whatever you choose, and however your bathroom renovation plan takes shape, once you’ve made your choice sit on it for at least a week before doing anything. New ideas always pop up, and old ones fall out of favor. The last thing you’d want is a bathroom you aren’t happy with because you wanted to rush in there and get it done fast.

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Home Remodeling

Remodeling Your Mobile Home – Hiring a Professional is Always a Good Idea

Remodeling your mobile home is a great way to improve its livability and value. Tackling the project yourself in order to cut costs may seem like a good idea, but before you do, consider why hiring a professional is a smarter move.
Though mobile homes and traditional homes may seem similar, there are actually many important structural differences with which a professional is well-versed. A lack of knowledge will trip up even the most savvy home owner. This can turn a weekend project into a series of chores that never end. While a professional will initially cost more, the experience and knowledge you pay for will save you a lot of trouble.
Some remodeling projects, such as electrical or plumbing upgrades, require specialized skill, education, permits, and licensing. Improperly routed wires could pose a fire hazard. You will definitely want to hire a professional to make sure everything is done properly. A professional will know the legal and safety requirements necessary for completing the job. They will know when inspections are required and how to set them up so as not to fall behind on their project.
Permits are not required for relatively simple projects such as wallpapering or painting, but may be required for more complex undertakings. Permits are set up for the safety of the residents in all homes. They cannot and should not be ignored. Professionals know what types of projects require permits and usually have contacts within the city or county building departments to facilitate the permit process.
Take a moment to consult your homeowner’s insurance. If you take on a remodeling job yourself and accidentally damage your home, your insurance very likely will not cover the repairs.
Once you decide to hire a professional, you will want to do your homework. Check for complaints against the company online. Run a check on the company with the Better Business Bureau, and the Consumer Affairs Department for your state. You’ll be surprised how much information will be released to you, with relatively small effort on your part. Verify the contractor’s reputation and confirm that the license is current and valid. Once you are done checking, check once more. You will need to know that the contractor is insured, and that the limits on his insurance are sufficient to cover your project and workman’s comp in case of a worker’s injury. Any professional builder will be able to provide you with proof of insurance.
When you meet your choice for the first time, take some time to assess the quality of service you will receive by asking questions and making observations. You will want someone who is courteous to you, respects your home, seems knowledgeable and arrives on time. Discuss that contractor’s cleaning policy. Will they clean up when the go home every night? Will they clean up at the end of the project? Are there certain areas you must have clean? Once you are both on the same page, you can sit back and watch someone else handle your remodeling project.