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Prepare to Remodel Your Bathroom

If you plan to remodel your bathroom, you need to make a solid plan based on your current and future needs. For instance, you need to plan for the aging process. Your bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the house, and as such, it needs to provide ease of access and use to you.

Do It Yourself? 
As handy as you might be, there are some areas that should be taken care of by a professional. For instance, if you aren’t a plumber, it’s better to hire one to do the remodeling job than to hire one to repair your remodeling job. Most professional plumbers offer a guarantee on their work, something that can be invaluable to a homeowner.

Other jobs that you might want to hire a professional for would be tile installation and electrical work. Remember that you aren’t going to want to remodel the bathroom again for many years, so you might as well hire a professional to make sure it gets done right the first time.

Steps to Plan For 
Before you actually buy anything or hire anyone to do the job, make sure you have a solid plan overall. Some of the things you need to look at changing would be your walls, flooring, sink, tub, light fixtures and cabinets. This is a job you want to do all at once. Don’t go buy a tile that strikes your fancy only to change your mind when you buy a sink or tub of a different style or color.

Before you take anything out of your bathroom, make sure to turn the water off. If you don’t have shutoff valves to your sink, toilet and tub, you’ll need to shut the main water line off, and then put shutoff valves on the items that are missing them. Otherwise you’re going to have to have the water off to the entire house for the duration of the remodeling job. You should always have individual shutoff valves installed on any item that involves running water anyhow.

Once the water is shut off, you’re going to need to remove the toilet, sink and tub. If you aren’t replacing these items with new ones, only remove the toilet so you can have access to the floor tiles if you’re putting new tiles in.

Shut the power in the bathroom off by shutting off the breaker that leads to the bathroom. You don’t want to simply switch the light off because there will still be power going to the switch itself. Shutting the breaker off prevents power from going to the bathroom at all. If you’re changing the wall panels or the light fixtures, you’ll need to remove the switch plate covers and light fixtures.

If you are replacing wall panels, you’ll need to remove the old ones first. You’ll also need to remove the floor covering if you’re planning on putting in new tile or linoleum. Once you’ve removed all that you need to, clean the area completely. Remodeling in the middle of a mess is a sure way to ruin the job and increase the level of frustration.

When you start putting the new items in the bathroom, start with the floor. Everything else in the bathroom depends on the floor. Make sure to repair any soft spots and level the floor before you do anything else. Once the floor is complete, complete the repair or replacement of the wall material. Once the walls and floor are done, you can begin installation of the other items in the bathroom.

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