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How to Plan Bathroom Renovations

Bathroom renovations can deliver a great return on your investment. They can also be a hefty project, though, so a little planning can go a long way.


  • Step 1: Decide on a budget Decide on a budget. Things can get out of hand with home renovations. The costs can add up quickly, so decide how much you can spend before you even begin.
  • TIP: Use give-and-take with things you want. Need the more expensive tub? Then buy a more basic vanity or toilet.
  • Step 2: Examine the space Measure and draw up the space before dreaming up a design. You don't want to get your heart set on a shower that won't fit.
  • TIP: Don't move plumbing. Most of the time, the expensive of moving a plumbing line, like the one that leads in and out of your toilet, is not worth it.
  • Step 3: Make a list Is the renovation as simple as a new coat of paint or as big as installing new fixtures? Make a very detailed list of all the items you want so you don't get overwhelmed.
  • Step 4: Shop around If you are using a contractor, shop around. Compare price quotes and make a list of recommended contractors. Consider them all carefully before choosing one.
  • TIP: Don't always go with the lowest price or first contractor you find. Make sure to check for references from past customers.
  • Step 5: Check for legality Make sure everything you are planning to do is legal. You may need permits if plumbing is involved in your renovation. Your contractor should know this information.
  • Step 6: Be prepared to wait Get an estimate on the time that renovations will take, but know that they often take longer than the contractor's original estimate. Remember--good things come to those who wait!
  • FACT: Sir John Harington invented the flush toilet in 1596.

You Will Need

  • Budget
  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Contractors
  • Home-improvement stores
  • Patience

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