How To Plan Your Bathroom Remodel In Iowa

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Be sure your remodel goes smoothly with our bathroom renovation checklist.
Be sure your remodel goes smoothly with our bathroom renovation checklist. (Shutterstock)

But to make sure the end results are tailored to your needs, you’ll want to do some planning before contacting professional bathroom remodelers. Here’s what to do.

1. Plan Your Design

While professional bathroom remodelers will be able to help you make structural decisions, it’s wise for you to know ahead of time what you’d like the end result to look like. Do a little brainstorming to come up with concrete ideas, like, “I’d like a freestanding tub and separate shower,” or “I prefer a pedestal sink to a drop-in model.”

Browse sites like Pinterest for inspiration as to layout, aesthetics, and materials. Save some photos to show your contractor and point out what you like about them.

2. Determine The Contractors You’ll Need

You might think one firm can come in and tackle your entire bathroom remodel. While some can, it is better in many instances to hire a few specialty contractors. Contrary to popular belief, this can actually save money and increase the longevity of your remodel.

So, first think about who you will need: a custom millworker, plumber, bath fitter, etc.


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3. Look Into Necessary Permits

Small-scale bathroom remodels most likely won’t call for any permits. However, large-scale projects may require building permits, which you can obtain through your local government offices.

Also, keep in mind that many local governments require electrical wiring to be inspected. Look into what’s needed in your area, and your contractor can help obtain them.

4. Set Your Budget

It is vital to know your budget before reaching out to any professionals. Costs can add up quickly. Remember to factor things like building materials and supplies, labor, permits, and lost income (if you need to take time off) into your budget.

5. Secure Financing

Now that you’ve set your budget, you will also want to secure financing if needed. Your local bank can be a good source. Be sure to take out a loan for 20 percent more than you’ve budgeted to cover any unforeseen costs.

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