Bathroom Renovations: DIY or Hire a Pro?

There is a wide range when it comes to bathroom renovations, in both the size and cost of the remodel. Depending on your skills, some bathroom renovations can be done by an avid DIYer. Other’s might call on the expertise and skills of a professional bathroom renovation contractor to get the job done right and to code.

Here are some questions to ask yourself if you’re considering hiring a pro or doing the job yourself:

Do I need a permit for my bathroom renovation?

In the City of Vancouver, you will need a plumbing permit if you plan to install, change or upgrade any part of your plumbing system. You also need one if you’re doing any repair or replacement work that requires you to open walls, move pipes or change other plumbing or pipes or if you want to install a tankless water heater. If you’re doing a major bathroom renovation, you’re likely going to need a permit.

You can apply for a permit yourself, but it is a lengthy process and you must meet certain criteria to be able to apply yourself. In some cases, drawings might be required to apply for the permit. This is where hiring a contractor can come in handy. They will take care of the permit application, drawings and ensure everything is done to code.

Do I have the skills?

Your bathroom renovation can have a good return on investment, but if it’s not done properly it can have the opposite effect. In fact, shoddy renovations are one of the biggest turn-offs for home buyers and can give zero return on your investment or even cause your property value to diminish. Carefully consider your own skills and abilities. Remember that watching a how-to YouTube video and maybe understanding the process isn’t the same as practical experience. While some handy homeowners might be up to the challenge, it can be a costly mistake for others who should have hired a professional. Read more articles about bathroom renovations.

Do I have the time?

Bathroom renovations take a lot of time. If you have a full-time job, you will have to spend evenings and weekends working on the job or take some time off work to get it done. Having a bathroom in disrepair can disrupt your family’s daily routine and most major renovations usually have an unexpected hiccup that takes even more time to fix. Before you decide to DIY, be realistic about how long the work will take and whether you have the time to do it without causing too much stress on your household.

Do I have the tools?

You can save money on DIY bathroom renovations, but don’t forget to add the cost of purchasing or renting tools and equipment in your budget. Tools are not cheap and if you don’t have the right tools for the job, it can produce bad results. If you need to rent equipment you will be charged by the day. Consider how many days you will need to have that equipment handy, especially if you are doing the renovation in your spare time.

Will I really save money?

If the main reason you want to do the bathroom renovation yourself is to save money, you should find out how much it would cost to have a professional contractor do it for you first. Then you can compare your budget and estimates with their own. In some cases, the time it would take, and cost of tools and equipment could bring your total DIY costs close to the cost of a renovator.

You can also ask them to do the big parts of the job, like plumbing, installing cabinets and major fixtures and leave the smaller and easier tasks to you. This can help save money without compromising the quality of the work for the more difficult parts of the project.

If you feel like you need a professional please contact a bathroom remodeling company.