Is a DIY bathroom renovation worth it?

Streets of Toronto X Easy Reno Store

Your bathroom has seen better days and now it is time for a makeover.  There are many reasons why a renovation makes sense. A remodel can improve the appearance, safety and functionality of your bathroom. Best of all, it can increase the value of your home. It has been estimated you can recoup $4 for every dollar spent on a renovation should you decide to sell your home. Of course, like any home construction project, the question becomes: should you try to save money and do it yourself or hire a contractor?

Consider the scope

You need to decide the scope of your project. Many people can tackle cosmetic changes, such as new fixtures and paint. With the right advice, you may even want to try your hand at replacing the flooring. However, a major renovation could test your electrical, plumbing and construction skills. And don’t forget, you will need the right tools and the know-how to use them.

Having a plan is the key. Without one you could make costly mistakes. Consider what changes will make you happy. Are you gutting your old bathroom? Do you want a new layout? If you are satisfied with your current flooring and bathroom tiles a new vanity or countertop might be the way to spruce things up. Do you want to keep your present bathtub and shower? Perhaps you only need to change the fixtures. New lighting could also bring the room up-to-date.

Think carefully about the level of difficulty of the jobs you want to attempt. Of course, you don’t have to be shy about trying something new. It may not be easy but it is not out of reach for someone with a little skill and a lot of patience.

Decide what you want and set a budget

Before putting a budget together you need to decide the design of your new bathroom and the features you want. With so many styles and options it is a good idea to seek expert advice. Those in the construction industry will tell you that people often make one of two common mistakes — spending too much or not enough. You need to do your research to ensure what you are buying will bring the value you need.

As well, it is always advisable to add a little padding to your budget to deal with contingencies. After all, renovations do not always go as planned.

Find a knowledgeable building supplier

If you are planning a DIY project it is important to find a supplier you can trust. Bernardi Building Supply has been serving the construction industry for more than 50 years and has everything you need for any size job. They also have the expertise to point you in the right direction when it comes to selecting the materials you require from drywall products and accessories to pipes and fittings.

Bernardi’s supplies are sourced from the most reputable manufacturers in the industry and they offer the best prices on the market. They also sell high-quality tools with knowledgeable staff who can answer even the most difficult questions.

Depending on the size of your project, you may have to apply for a building permit. According to the City of Toronto, a permit is required for the construction and/or demolition of a new building, an addition, or material alteration of any building or structure. You should always check to ensure you are in compliance with local bylaws.

Always remember to be careful of biting off more than you can chew. You could be handy around the house, but you may have to swallow your pride and hire a professional to deal with plumbing or electrical issues. Making a mistake in a bathroom renovation could cost far more than you budgeted for the entire project.

Shop online and save time

The internet offers an almost limitless selection of products you will need to complete your project. Easy Reno Store is a Canadian online retailer with a large selection of products manufactured from trusted materials from quality suppliers.

Their lighting selection offers a variety of fixtures, including vanity lights, recessed lighting and wall sconces. You can also choose your vanity, storage options, faucets, bathtubs, showers, toilets and mirrors from the comfort of your home. There is free shipping or you can pick your purchase up the next day at one of their stores.

If you decide not to do the renovation yourself, Easy can take the reins. They will meet with you to discuss your layout and create a design. They take care of getting permits and materials and ensure quality construction standards with start-to-finish customer support.

There is plenty to consider when it comes to bathroom renovations. But whatever you decide, always remember planning and patience go a long way.


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