When it comes to home remodeling projects, the bathroom is a critical yet often overlooked area of the home. In decades past, the bathroom was seen almost exclusively as a functional space—it didn’t need to look good, it just needed to work. However, modern homeowners have begun to see their bathrooms as a space to relax and rejuvenate. Today, over 14 million bathrooms are remodeled each year. 

While bathrooms are small and may appear easy to remodel, their plumbing and electrical requirements mean it’s typically best to leave a bathroom remodel in the hands of a professional home improvement company. Before getting started, there are several steps you should take to ensure a smooth renovation.  

Establish a Design Plan 

Every project starts with a plan. Start your remodel by brainstorming the final look you want from a bathroom renovation. You can find plenty of ideas online through social media or browsing home improvement galleries. Planning ensures the final remodel will be cohesive and complement your home’s existing structure and layout.  

Find a High-Quality Contractor 

Once you have an idea of what you want, find a trusted contractor to handle bathroom construction. Professional home improvement contractors are specially trained for bathroom remodels and can navigate the many obstacles involved in a renovation, including plumbing and electrical.  

When hunting for a qualified contractor, consider these factors to find the best team for the job. 

Online Reviews 

When you find a contractor, read the reviews on their website or on Google. If they don’t have any reviews (or if they have bad reviews), consider finding another contractor. It’s also a good idea to reach out to friends and family for recommendations.  

Portfolio 

Look for photos of previous projects the contractor has completed. The ideal contractor will have extensive experience with bathroom remodels and be able to work within your desired style. 

Communication 

When you reach out to a potential contractor, pay attention to how long it takes them to respond. A pattern of long response times might indicate the contractor is unreliable or too busy to dedicate the care and attention your project needs. 

Get an Estimate and Budget Properly  

Once you’ve settled on a contractor, get an estimate in writing. A good estimate should outline all the details of your project, as well as the measurements of the bathroom and the material required to complete the renovation. If you need to make adjustments to the plan, communicate that with your contractor so they can adjust the quote and plan properly.  

Plan for Demolition  

During a bathroom remodel, your contractor may need to conduct controlled demolition. Remove all appliances and personal effects from the bathroom before your contractor arrives to ensure nothing is lost or damaged during the renovation process. Because demolition can be dangerous, make plans to stay somewhere else during your renovation. Most bathroom demolitions are finished within one day, but larger projects can take up to three days to complete.  

Bathroom Remodels with Minnesota Home Improvements 

The professionals at Minnesota Home Improvements specialize in bathroom remodels that provide the functionality, comfort, and style your home deserves. With years of experience renovating and remodeling homes across Minnesota, our team keeps contracting simple while ensuring you remain in complete control of your project. 

Check out our gallery to view some of our work and contact us today to get started!