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Remodeling a bathroom can be an expensive project. But you can keep costs down by doing the job yourself. Find out if you're up to the task or if you should hire a professional.
Before you take a sledgehammer to that ugly tile, there are a few things you need to consider.
Do you have any issues with asbestos, lead paint (typically found in homes built before 1978), mold or mildew or polybutylene piping? Sometimes you may not know until you start the demolition process. In any event, do not attempt to handle these issues. A pro will be needed.
When it comes to remodeling, it's important to be honest about how skilled you are. Answer these questions before starting your project.
You've assessed the size of the project and your skill level. Now it's time to talk timeline. It can vary dramatically depending on several factors.
As of 2014, the average bathroom remodel costs $16,500. Contractor labor costs are typically 40% of your total project. By doing it yourself, that would leave $6,600 in your pocket.
Although saving that extra money sounds great, you may still feel some trepidation about taking on the whole remodel. If you want the satisfaction of doing it yourself, consider splitting up the project and handling what's within your timetable and skill level. Then save the more complicated projects for the contractor. Refer to the chart for a list of bathroom projects by skill level.
A benefit to doing it yourself: With the money that you'll save in labor costs, you can splurge on that fancy tile or tub that's been on your wish list.
If you decide to hire a professional for your bathroom renovation, you'll need to ask them a few important questions.