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Remodeling a bathroom can be expensive and can be stressful if not planned properly.
When planning a bathroom remodel project, taking a realistic approach will make things go smoothly.

Listed  below are some important things that you should know when planning a bathroom remodel.

Establish A Budget
Establishing a budget should be the first thing you do before getting estimates or selecting products.
Bathroom remodels can be expensive, so make sure you spend wisely.
Take an objective, look at your budget and take a realistic approach about what you can afford.

If you’re trying to remodel your bathroom on a small budget, consider a partial remodel, choosing just a couple of elements to remodel.
Maybe you keep the floor but change out the vanity and toilet to meet your budget.

Another good idea when creating a bathroom renovation budget, accounting for unexpected repairs.
In any remodeling project, it’s a good idea to pad your budget with about 10 to 20 percent more money than you need for 
unforeseen problems that may be uncovered when work starts.
This is especially true with bathroom remodels.

A small leak from a toilet or a shower can cause large amounts of damage that can go unnoticed until floor or wall coverings are removed during a remodeling project.
It's often essential to the home and the homeowner's health that water-damaged or moldy structural elements such as the framing or subfloor be repaired prior to covering it again during the renovation process.

Other typical unforeseen problems can include termite damaged wood studs, out-of-date, inadequate or unsafe wiring or plumbing systems.
An experienced bathroom remodeling contractor may be able to anticipate the possibility of these types of repairs, but it's usually impossible to know what's lurking beneath the surface until you look.

Focus On What’s Important
Expert installation and quality products.
For features that you’ll use every day — vanity, sink, faucet, shower and toilet — consider spending more to get high-quality items. 
Look for good bargains on decorative items that you can easily replace, such as cabinetry knobs, drawer pulls or lighting.

Do not use cheap labor, the most important part of the remodel is the installation of the products.
Using an unlicensed, inexperienced handyman or rookie contractor to install your expensive products, is not smart.
You wouldn't use an unlicensed doctor or dentist, this same concept should apply to the person working on your home.

The licensed contractor may cost more but the job will be done correctly and you will only pay once.
If you take a chance on cheap labor, more than likely you will have problems and have to redo the job.

Be Prepared For Inconvenience
If and when you start a bathroom remodeling project, don’t forget that you won’t be able to use your bathroom
for a significant period of time. 
Be patient, as you and your family may have to utilize your home’s other bathrooms or find alternative bathrooms
outside the home if you only have one bathroom.

Think about cleaning when choosing materials
If your bathroom renovation includes installing brand-new tiles, take the time to consider each choice’s maintenance needs and long-term durability. Often used for showers, natural stone and travertine can actually be quite fragile and require high maintenance and special cleaning products. 
Other materials, such as ceramic and porcelain tile, may be more durable and easier to clean.

Make it timeless
While it may be tempting to remodel your bathroom to the latest trend or cutting-edge design, if you’re remodeling for resale, try to stick with more traditional or mainstream design and material choices. A bathroom design that’s quickly dated can hurt, not help, your home’s resale appeal.