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Bathroom Remodeling Don'ts - What Not To Do  

by Frank Johnson


Bathroom remodeling takes time, careful planning, and precise execution.

The objective of a bathroom remodel is to upgrade the appearance of your bathroom with the latest bathroom fixtures, designs, and styles.

However, bathroom remodeling can be a bit overwhelming. Even if you don't install your new fixtures and furnishings yourself, simply selecting that perfect bathroom vanity, sink, and mirror can be more complicate than you think, especially if you've never remodeled a bathroom before.

Below are a few tips on what NOT to do when remodeling your bathroom. Use these tips to avoid common mistakes and ensure that the look you intend for your bathroom is actually what turns out.

 

Bathroom Remodeling Tip #1: Don't Wing It

Some people think that remodeling a bathroom is a piece of cake and simply involves swapping out an old sink or vanity with a new one; however, because the bathroom involves plumbing, you need to carefully plan out your remodel.

You need to make sure the new fixtures you select fit the space and the plumbing of your bathroom, or at least understand that rearranging the layout of your bathroom may involve rerouting some pipes (which is an arduous task).

So, before you even think about the new vanity or sink you want to buy, establish the basic layout of your new bathroom. If the layout is staying the same, take note of the plumbing layout and keep that in mind when you're shopping for a new sink, toilet, or vanity. If you're rearranging a few items, draw out how you want your bathroom to look, measure everything to make sure your vision is realistic, and then see if you need to reroute any plumbing.

In some cases, you won't know if your new bathroom layout will call for new plumbing to be installed, so call a plumber and get his/her professional opinion. After you've mapped everything out and established the basic layout of your new bathroom design, then you can start shopping for your new lavish bathroom furnishings.

 

Bathroom Remodeling Tip #2: Don't Buy the First Thing You See

The key to successfully remodeling your bathroom is to shop around. You never want to buy the first thing you find. If you're not already set on a specific vanity or sink design, go online and check out the latest bathroom furnishings. This way, you'll get a better idea of the number of different styles available without having to leave your home.

Shopping around will also give you the opportunity to comparison shop. Today, modern bathroom furnishings are more available and affordable than ever before. Thanks to wholesalers who purchase bathroom furnishings in bulk, you can get that elegant vessel sink you've always wanted at a price that won't bust your remodeling budget. Before you buy, you better shop around.

 

Bathroom Remodeling Tip #3: If Don't Know, Don't Install It Yourself

Getting a new toilet is a different experience from getting a new bed. With a bed, you pay the extra $50 to get it delivered and put in your home. However, with a toilet, getting it delivered and put in your home is only the beginning.

Bathroom remodeling almost always involves plumbing work. Even if you aren't rerouting pipes or drainage systems, installing new bathroom fixtures (such as a toilet, sink, and faucet) takes a little plumbing know-how. However, not all of us are as "handy" as we would like to be. And when you're dealing with running water, it's important to know how to properly uninstall and install bathroom fixtures. So, if you're a novice at plumbing, call a professional.

Many bathroom remodeling shops offer installation with the purchase of their products (for an added fee) or know of plumbers in your area who can install your new bathroom fixtures for you. Either way, if you've never installed a toilet, sink, or faucet, or had a bad previous experience with plumbing, it's worth the money to have your new bathroom furnishings installed right.

When it comes to bathroom remodeling, it's very important to plan out your new layout, shop around, and install your new bathroom furnishings properly. Failing to do so could cost you more money in the long run and result in a less-than-perfect remodel.

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