Bathroom renovations can be some of the most expensive home projects you can take on – and also some of the most complex. After all, creating or changing a bathroom space involves much more than a good aesthetic design; bathrooms require plumbing, and waterproofing – not to mention the safety measures necessary for keeping the electricity away from the water. For that reason, it is important that you hire a reliable, competent professional to do the job. Need some guidance in that department? Here is what to look for when choosing a bathroom contractor:
Experience. You’ll want to choose a contractor who has been in the business for long enough to know the ins and outs of what can be a complicated, daunting process. Although you can’t necessarily judge a contractor’s worth by any certain number of years in the business, you can bet that a contractor who has been around the block a few times will be more knowledgeable than a newbie.
Specialization. In addition to contracting experience, the professional you choose to work on your bathroom project should have significant experience doing bathrooms, specifically. As previously mentioned, bathroom installs and renovations require a broad and varied knowledge base and skill set; therefore, a contractor who specializes in creating great patio spaces won’t necessarily be qualified to work on your bathroom.
References. Reputation is perhaps the best indicator of a contractor’s skill and professionalism. Ask those you know if they can recommend a good bathroom contractor, and listen to what they have to say. Also, when you’ve narrowed down your candidates to a couple or a few you are most interested in working with, ask them for some references that you can call on to inquire about their work.
Fair pricing. Although you should never choose a contractor solely because that contractor is offering the lowest price, you should definitely account for cost when making your decision amongst the few contractors you deem as most qualified for the job. There should not be too much difference between cost estimates for the same job, so if one contractor’s estimate is way out of the ballpark, it’s a good idea for you to move on to a contractor who is more fair about pricing.
Installing and/or renovating a bathroom is an extremely involved process, and one that requires a very broad range of knowledge and experience. Therefore, you simply cannot afford to put such a major job into the hands of someone who is not the most qualified. Keep these guidelines in mind when sizing up your options, and rest assured that you will find the best bathroom contractor for your needs.
About the Author: Tammera Penas just recently had her bathroom remodeled by a fantastic local contractor with a stellar reputation and references. He did everything from replacing the door gaskets and frame to replacing the floor and fitting out an entirely new shower and tub. She’s never been happier!