In deciding whether you should remodel your bathroom yourself or hire a professional contractor, you need to consider your budget, the type of remodeling you are going to have, your willingness to do all the work, your skills, your time, and the people who will work inside your house.
There are some renovations and remodeling at home that you can do all by yourself, but there are those that will require a professional contractor to do it for you. The question now is, if you want to remodel your bathroom, how will you know when you can do it yourself to save on costs and when to deal with a contractor? The following factors will help you make the wisest decision:
This is probably the foremost thing you need to consider before you even think of even hiring a contractor. Many homeowners decide to do all the hard work for renovating their houses to save on costs of hiring a professional contractor. So how much is your budget, really? Ask for quotations from contractors and bathroom remodelers. If you can afford to hire them and you are quite hesitant to do the remodeling yourself, then there is no problem. But if your budget is just enough to cover the needed materials and fixtures, you might want to renovate your bathroom yourself.
Type of remodeling you are going to have
Ask yourself what type of renovation you are going to do and how complex the renovation is going to be. There are certain bathroom renovation jobs wherein your are going to need the service of a professional bathroom remodeler, such as window replacement and shower tiling. If it is just shower retiling or doing uncomplicated tiling tasks like vinyl tiling, you can probably just do it yourself to save on costs. You can also do toilet installation by yourself.
Your willingness to do all the work
Even if you can do the remodeling of the bathroom yourself, are you really willing to do all the work? Consider all the job you need to such as estimation, the canvassing, and purchasing of materials. Are you willing to sacrifice your weekends or even staying up late at night to finish the renovation yourself? Think also of the injuries you might get in remodeling your bathroom. Determine what equipment you might be using and how risky they would be for an amateur like you. However, if you have done other renovation projects for your home in the past, this might not be a great concern for you and you may not think of getting a contractor to do the renovation for you.
Before you decide to remodel your bathroom yourself, try asking if you have the skills needed to do it yourself. Can you really do it all by yourself? If you need to rewire something in your bathroom or replace your shower heater, for example, be sure you know how to go through it. Make sure you know the techniques in getting things done. It is also important if you have had experience working on simpler home renovation projects to gain some skills and expertise.
Furthermore, ask yourself if you can handle it when things go wrong or when you encounter some renovation problems? When you hire a professional contractor, you can be sure that they have the skills and expertise to get things done. When problems arise, they can find solutions more easily as they are more exposed to such challenges. When you encounter some glitches with your remodeled bathroom, your contractor can guarantee you for back jobs within a certain period of time, free of charge, without having to work and spend on the fixing yourself.
Another equally important thing you need to consider is your time. Do you really have the time to renovate the bathroom yourself? You may say that you can do it on weekends and probably spend some late night work for it, but can you finish the job in such a time that does not give much hassle to its users? If the remodeling needed is very minimal, then maybe you can do it yourself and save a lot of money. If it is quite complicated and you think that it will take you weeks or even months to finish it, maybe you can hire a contractor to do it for you. Contractors may have two or more men working on your bathroom, depending on the nature of your bathroom remodeling, to get things done within a reasonable period of time.
People who will be working inside your house
If you renovate your bathroom yourself, you would not have to worry about the people inside your house or maybe in your room as opposed to hiring a contractor. If you plan hiring a bathroom remodeler, ask yourself if you are comfortable with people working inside your house. Is there someone who can look after them to give you peace of mind while you are away? It is not that you do not trust contractors, but there are just some people who are not comfortable with strangers working inside their homes and this is one thing you need to consider.
These are just some of the important things you need to consider when you are torn between doing bathroom remodeling yourself or hiring a professional contractor. On the other hand, you may also think of other alternatives, such as doing part of the renovation yourself and leaving the rest to the contractor to save on costs. At the same time, you will save yourself from doing the more complicated and strenuous part of your bathroom remodeling.
I'm a former 7th grade Science teacher turned stay-at-home mom that lives in Houston, Texas. I am married to my college sweetheart and have a beautiful daughter named Riley, who definitely keeps me on my toes! I am also involved in starting a small business which would both manufacture and sell an invention that I've patented, called Toothpaste 2 Go. I love interacting with my readers and hope to learn as much about you as you learn about me!