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DIY vs. Professional Bathroom Remodeling

professional bathroom remodelTo DIY or not, that is the question! For some home remodeling projects, the DIY route is often the way to go, saving you some serious cash. For other projects, such as a bathroom remodel, it is in your best interest to leave that to the professionals. Even the most seasoned DIYers will want to call in a bathroom contractor for this home improvement project. Below, our HomeTech Renovations experts share the bathroom remodeling process and when you should choose a professional.

DIY Remodel or Hire a Professional?

A bathroom remodel is an expensive and time-consuming process. It encompasses various skillsets, including plumbing, electrical, carpentry, tile work, and more. All this can quickly add up, even before considering the cost of a toilet, sink, bathtub, and cabinets. Because a bathroom is an essential part of your home, the pressure is high to complete this remodeling project and ensure this space is back in service as quickly as possible. Hiring a professional can save you time and guarantee the job is done right. But the best reason to call in the pros? Money. The HomeTech Renovation experts share other bathroom remodeling services involved in a renovation and which ones are best left to the professionals. 

Considerations for a DIY Bathroom Remodel

Save Money with DIY

You will save a significant amount of money on labor costs if you decide to go the DIY way. Even smaller bathrooms can easily cost upwards of $20,000 when remodeled by a general contractor, with about $250 per square foot as the average. If done by yourself, the same bathroom will cost around $75 per square foot, or about $11,000.

The bottom line is a DIY bathroom remodel can save consumers up to 50% in some cases. Whether you should do it yourself or hire a professional is a question that should be answered based on time, experience, and the specific considerations of your bathroom remodel.  

DIY Takes More Time

Time is another factor to consider when determining if a DIY bathroom remodel is right for you. DIYers usually take months to finish a remodeling project, whereas the professionals can turn the project around in weeks. If you have only one bathroom, hiring a professional is your best option to avoid a bathroom that is out of commission for months.

Framing: Can DIYers Do It?

Framing involves basic carpentry skills, like building walls, installing insulation, and enclosing the shower alcoves. Most DIYers can handle this type of project themselves, although it does require a certain amount of precision. 

Plumbing and Wiring Must Be Done by a Professional 

If you are going to take the DIY route with a bathroom remodel, you should always leave the plumbing and electrical work to a professional. The mechanical systems in your bathroom are contingent on regulations, codes, and standards, something a professional has to deal with every day. Unless you are experienced in either of these fields, leave this work to the pros.

Flooring: Easy for DIY 

Flooring is a relatively easy and inexpensive project that most DIYers can tackle. Easy-to-install flooring, like luxury vinyl planks, can often be done during the weekend, and we do not recommend calling in a bathroom contractor for this project. If you opt for ceramic or porcelain tile, this is very often left to the professionals.

Cabinets and Countertops: Best Left For Professionals 

Cabinets and countertops are another easy remodeling project that a seasoned DIYer could probably handle. If you have a large bathroom or would like this project done quickly, it is best to have a team of professionals install your cabinets and countertops.

Painting Takes Time

You can save anywhere from $300 to $800 when you choose to paint your bathroom and trim yourself. Hiring a painting company only makes sense if painting an extensive bathroom space. 

Installing Fixtures Is For a Professional

For larger fixtures, like a tub or shower, it is best to call in the professionals. This is often challenging work that involves precision cutting the tiles and finishing details that require a certain level of expertise. For smaller fixtures, like sinks and faucets, save money and install these yourself.

Permits: In many cases, local townships require electric and plumbing permits along with a master plumbing and registered electrician designation or licenses.

Debris Removal: Laborious for a DIYer

Demolition is challenging, laborious work. Debris is best disposed of in a conveniently located, on-site dumpster. Ensure your trash hauler provides lumber to safeguard against any driveway scarring or damages. 

Bathroom Remodeling Services by HomeTech Renovations

A bathroom remodel has one of the highest returns on investment for a home improvement project. Ensure your spa-like oasis looks its best when you hire the professional bathroom contractors of HomeTech Renovations. From the initial call to project completion, we have perfected a process designed to deliver the best possible experience for our clients. Contact us today at 215.646.7477 for a complimentary consultation.

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