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How to Finish a Bathroom - Tips, Tricks and Other Help for the Homeowner

When deciding how to finish a bathroom the first two things you have to decide on are your budget and your true ability. As far as budget goes you should always allow a little extra money for those unforeseen items that always seem to crop up as well as planning for the highest quality materials that you can afford. As for ability a person tend to either under or over estimate their ability and now is the time to be painfully honest with yourself as to your ability.

Some of the tips and tricks you can use when planning how to finish a bathroom:

1. Hire a contractor to complete the more technical work and make sure he will allow you to complete the work that you can do successfully. Many times a contractor will work with the homeowner on doing the demo work, painting, trim work etc. to help keep the cost down for the homeowner while making the job worthwhile for the contractor at the same time.

2. Complete the major projects first. If you are planning to replace a bathtub and install tile, replace the lavatory and/or vanity and install a new toilet as well as putting in new floor coverings and lighting then plan on doing the bathtub, tile and floor first. That way if you run out of time and/or money you have the major portions complete and can do the rest at a later time. Always think ahead as to the steps you will need to take.

3. With bathtub replacement you have several options and especially if you need or want to make changes in the wall surrounding the tub. If you are quite skilled in do-it-yourself projects then you probably want to remove the existing tub and replace it as well as installing tile on the surrounding walls, but if your skills aren’t quite as good you might want to consider installing a tub with surround. These come in 3 to 5 part kits and have instructions making them fairly easy to install. One of the great things about these kits is they come in a variety of styles and finishes allowing you to find the one that fits your budget.

4. Rent the right equipment if you don’t own it. Most of the time the average homeowner doesn’t have all the tools needed to complete a project such as this and while many can afford to buy the equipment it makes more sense to rent it rather than it sitting around collecting dust and you can usually rent better quality equipment than you can buy for an occasional project.

5. Check out the close-out items and damaged goods where you are purchasing your materials and you can save quite a bit of money. Be sure if you purchase any kits or units that all of the parts are still with it or it could end up costing you more than new regular stock. Damaged goods are only a good buy if you aren’t going to be sorry later you used them and you can either hide or repair the damage.

These are just a few tips and tricks on how to finish a bathroom, but hopefully they will get you headed in the right direction before you undertake your project.