Planning bathroom renovation correctly

Posted by Anna Urban

It is best to plan a bathroom renovation months before the actual date. The planning also includes, for example, informing your neighbours about the noise to be expected at an early stage – and taking care of replacements in good time: after all, you have to be able to wash your bathroom even though it has been renovated.

If you are planning a bathroom renovation, you should have a more or less precise idea of your new bathroom in advance. You will find inspiration and suggestions either on the Internet, at bathroom trade fairs and exhibitions or in specialist shops. Once you have decided on a style or a certain direction, it is best to commission professionals to plan and carry out the bathroom renovation. For the work in the bathroom you need heating, gas, sanitary and electrical installers, bricklayers and drywallers, tilers, carpenters and painters. Arrange the dates with the craftsmen about a quarter of a year before the bathroom renovation and order the materials and parts right away. You can plan about five weeks for the complete bathroom renovation.

Compare costs for bathroom renovation

When renovating the bathroom, you can save costs by obtaining quotes from different companies before hiring craftsmen – at least three different quotes for each type of work! It’s worth the effort. For more extensive bathroom conversions with expensive equipment, price differences of up to 50 percent can occur. Our advice: Do not always choose the cheapest offer. Pay attention also to the quality of the materials and check always whether the craftsman enterprise did not specify perhaps an achievement with or forgot and only therefore the costs for the bath reorganization appear more favorable.

Material damage

To avoid being stuck on the costs of broken or defective goods, you should check every delivery note and delivery carefully. Anything missing or too much, damaged or in the wrong colour should be reported immediately in writing. Have your objections confirmed by the supplier – even if only the packaging is damaged. If you discover material damage later, we recommend that you have it confirmed by the tradesman who carried it out.

A smooth process

A bathroom renovation takes about five weeks. So that you do not stand without a possibility for showering and washing during this time, it is advisable to clarify in advance and plan where you can do this. You should also think about the course of the renovation and ask yourself how you can make it easier for the workers to work in the house and bathroom. Of course, you should also inform your neighbours about the work in the bathroom and the associated noise in good time. The most important steps in detail:

Informing neighbours about the work

Give your neighbours notice about two weeks before the start of the bathroom renovation to prepare them for noise and dirt. During construction, make sure that the rest periods are observed.

 Arrange for the disposal of construction waste

Order a rubble container about one week before dismantling the old bathroom and arrange with your craftsmen exactly who disposes of which rubble and which waste.

 Preventing dirt

A bathroom renovation is a dusty affair: fine clouds creep through every crack of the door, grey veils spread throughout the entire house, starting from the bathroom. To control the dust, build a sluice from damp blankets or sheets in front of the bathroom door – this binds the dust. You should also soak your curtains in water several times a day or spray them regularly with water. You should also have a broom, shovel and vacuum cleaner as well as an extra pack of vacuum cleaner bags handy during the whole time.

 Clearing the way to the bathroom

In order to make the work easier for the craftsmen, it is advisable to pave the way for them to the bathroom and clear a space for materials and tools in front of the construction site. Also protect your furniture and floor coverings. Doors that can be scratched are simply removed, furniture is covered with wool blankets and floor coverings and stairs with corrugated cardboard. When it rains, a non-slip film over the cardboard prevents it from softening under wet shoe soles.

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