Bathrooms are often neglected during home improvement projects, but a sparkling new bathroom is one of the top ways to add value to your home and improve your family’s quality of life. Whether you’re looking for a simple update or a complete overhaul, hiring the right renovator is essential to a smooth and successful project. A professional remodeling contractor will serve as a project manager, communicate your ideas, bring the necessary experience and resources to the job, and handle all the details within your budget and timeline. A good contracting company will also offer in-house architecture and design services to help you plan and execute your project from start to finish.

A bathroom renovation is an upgrade or alteration to your existing bathroom, including all the elements of a remodel (like changing bathtubs, shower surrounds, tile, sinks and vanities, toilets and flooring) but on a bigger scale. It goes beyond the simple makeover and includes layout changes such as removing or adding walls, relocating fixtures, extending a wall or altering the ceiling and/or roof.

The difference between a bathroom remodel and renovation is important, especially for your budget. You can minimize disruption during a bath renovation by planning ahead, buying materials during sales, and choosing upgrades that are practical and functional – like a tub if your family frequently soaks or a wash station if you have young kids. It’s also helpful to consider long-term costs and energy savings, such as smart plumbing fixtures that save on water usage and lowering your utility bill and by switching to green products where possible.

You can also save money by purchasing items like tiles, cabinets and faucets during holiday sales or in bulk. You can even find some high-end finishes for less by shopping around or requesting samples from multiple contractors before committing to a product. During your initial consultations, ask each contractor what they can do for you and how they can save you time and money during the remodel process.

A reputable bathroom renovator will have the experience to get your project done on budget and on time. They should be licensed, insured and carry a proven track record. They should also have a portfolio of previous projects and be able to provide references from past clients that are satisfied with their work. A contractor that doesn’t have enough experience or a solid track record should be avoided at all costs. Unless you have expertise in structural, plumbing or electrical work, leave these jobs to the professionals. A shoddy DIY job can cost you more in the long run. Besides the cost of materials, you may have to pay for additional work if the initial project isn’t completed correctly. This can include re-tiling, additional repairs and even potential mold issues.