November 14, 2013 at 9:13 am • Posted in Home RenovationsComments Off on Five Things to Consider before You Contact a Raleigh Bathroom Remodel Contractor

bathroom remodelWhen considering bathroom remodeling Raleigh, North Carolina homeowners have a lot of things to consider. Whether you’re a real estate developer flipping homes or a private homeowner upgrading your bathroom, pretty much all of the same concepts have to come under consideration before making final decisions. These are 5 that you’ll want to take a hard look at before you decide:

1. Cost – The first thing you’ll want to do is set a budget. It doesn’t matter if you’re doing this to make your home look better or to add value to a house, determining exactly how much you want to spend will set limits on other choices.

2. Tub, Shower or Combo – This is usually the most expensive part of a bathroom remodel. If you’re changing from a tub to a shower or vice versa, that almost always requires some plumbing changes. Keep in mind that will add expense to your remodel.

3. Cabinetry – Sometimes, you can simply change the paint and drawer/cabinet handles on a set of cabinets to effect a major change in how a bathroom looks. However, if you’re planning to change out the cabinetry altogether, that will also be an added expense.

4. Lighting – Some building requirements mandate the installation of fans in bathrooms that don’t have them if major lighting and electrical rewiring is done. 

5. Legal Fees – While doing minor things such as replacing cabinetry hardware, simple light fixture installation, painting and replacing the floor covering may not require a construction permit, wholesale remodels may. Not only that, but if major electrical changes have been made, you’ll most likely have to have an electrical inspector come out and certify the installation.

Granted, things like color coordination and “theme” will guide your choices as well, when doing remodeling residents have to keep in mind the basics. By making those choices first, then making it look how you want, not only will you have a bathroom that looks great, but one that’s done right as well.

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