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Bathroom Remodel - Do it Yourself or Hire a Contractor?

By Roger Diez

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You spend a lot of time in your bathroom, so you might as well enjoy it. If you find your current bathroom décor outdated, dreary, and downright depressing, a facelift can give it new life. But if it needs major cosmetic surgery, you might want to hire a specialist.


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Bathroom Remodeling: Cosmetic Treatment or Major Surgery?

A bathroom's most salient feature is plumbing: sink, shower, bathtub, and toilet. It also requires good lighting, so you can make yourself look good before you face the world. If you're contemplating a bathroom remodel, you need to decide just how deep you want to go. If it's just new window treatments, paint, a new mirror, and light fixtures, then it could very well be a do-it-yourself project. But if you are looking to replace major components, particularly of the plumbing variety, you probably should consider hiring a professional contractor.

Check Bathroom Remodeling Prices

If you have elected for a new bathtub, shower, vanity, flooring, and toilet, then it's time to start checking out contractors. There are some bathroom remodel specialists who deal exclusively in shower and tub replacements. You can have them do that part, and then finish the décor yourself. Or you can use a contractor who will do the complete job from floor to ceiling, including plumbing and lighting. Whatever you decide, make sure you check references and contact the Better Business Bureau and local contractors board before you sign a contract. Get several estimates, and make sure your final contract spells everything out in detail, including itemized prices. If you need financing, go to your local bank or credit union for a line of credit or home improvement loan. Then enjoy your beautiful new bathroom.

About the Author

Roger Diez is a freelance writer and a veteran of countless home repair and improvement projects.
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