How to Keep Your Renovation Project on Track

How to Keep Your Renovation Project on Track

Colleen Quinn
May 11, 2009

One of our colleagues has been in the midst of a bathroom renovation for almost 10 months now. That's right- 10 months to gut and recreate a small bathroom in her 1920s home. She's been through three different contractors with enough workmen to rebuild a house, and still she doesn't have a functional bathroom, though it finally seems the end of the project is in sight...

Her tips for preventing this type of renovation nightmare:

  • Do your research! The first two contractors she hired came with some word of mouth recommendations which turned out to be from people whose projects were still ongoing. The last contractor, the one that is actually getting the work done, came highly recommended on Angie's List from people with finished projects.
  • Check everything. The shower enclosure has already been tiled twice because the first drywall guy put up the wrong drywall and the first tile guy knew it but tiled over it anyway; only after our friend checked the materials bill did she realize the correct backerboard had not been purchased and used.
  • Plan the entire project before beginning. Our friend and her husband were eager to get the bathroom renovated before their son was born, so they started the project without a final plan. Now they are stuck with a vanity that is too big for the space after making changes to the shower design mid-renovation. A finalized design plan at the start of the project would have prevented this additional hassle and expense.

Do any readers have hard-earned renovation advice to share?

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