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Self-Contracting Your Bathroom Remodeling Project

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Self-Contracting Your Bathroom Remodeling Project
Self-Contract a Bathroom Remodeling Project

This means that you will be your own contractor.

An advantage of this approach is that you, the homeowner, have control of the work flow. You'll deal directly with all of the sub-contractors you will need.

You also will save money, since you will save the contractor's share of the costs.

Unfortunately, since you probably do not have an ongoing relationship with sub-contractors, you'll have to shop around for the tradesmen you need. Be sure to consult friends for the names of trades people you can trust to do a good job.

You'll have to do more planning and research to get the project going. You'll have to select all the materials and know where to buy them. Electricians and plumbers normally include their supplies such as wire and pipe in their price, but a framer or handyman might expect that the lumber, tile, and other construction materials will be delivered to the site.

You'll be responsible for checking on local building codes related to your project and obtaining the correct permits.

Controlling the workflow turns you into a traffic cop because you don’t want to have the electrician standing around for three hours waiting for the drywall to be finished.

The following will give you an idea of the workflow for a typical bathroom remodeling project:

  • The handyman begins by demolishing the space, disposing of the waste, and changing the framing as needed for the new plan.
  • For the electrical rough-in, the electrician will change any light switch locations or add new electrical features like can lights or a ceiling fan.
  • During the plumbing rough-in, the plumber will make any changes of location for the toilet, tub, shower, and sink. He'll also install shower fixtures at this point because it cannot be done after the walls go up.
  • The handyman will come back for installation of the cement fiber panels and drywall.
  • Next, the tile installer will put in the floor and wall tiles.
  • The next step is to install the sink or vanity cabinet over the floor tile and bring in the tub and shower enclosure.
  • The handyman will install the baseboards, door and window casing, and crown moldings.
  • The handyman or professional painter will paint the remaining walls and moldings.
  • The electrician will come back to make the final electrical connections.
  • The plumber comes back to make the final bath fixture connections.
  • You, the homeowner, write the final check and begin to enjoy your new bathroom.

If you're ready to tackle the whole job yourself, you might want to consider a Do-It-Yourself bathroom remodeling project.

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