There are only a few things that add more value to your home than a bathroom remodel. Giving your bathroom a new look can not only give your home that magic touch when you go to resell it, but it has also been found to improve your feelings about your home.
The National Association of Realtors conducted a Remodeling Impact Survey and found that a remodeled bathroom ranked at a 9.6 Joy Score. A Joy Score indicates how happy someone is with a project they’ve done in their home, 10 being the highest satisfaction level.
Okay yes, I know what you’re thinking, “Of course a new and improved bathroom will make me happy, but where do I begin?”
This blog will be your road map to getting started. We will go over the 3 key things you should think about with a bathroom remodel, what you should consider before beginning your project and how spending a little extra time and money in the beginning can pay off. The goal is to make sure you understand what goes into a bathroom remodel so your renovation process is as painless as possible.
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Bathroom Remodel vs. Bathroom Resurfacing
The first part to any remodel is understanding the scope of the project. What will this remodel entail? Will I be making any structural changes to my bathroom or am I looking for just a small face lift? This question is perhaps the most important question you can ask yourself, ultimately you are trying to figure out if you are going to do a bathroom remodel or a resurface.
So, what’s the difference?
The biggest difference between a bathroom remodel vs a bathroom resurfacing is the price. If you are trying to save money, it might be good to think about resurfacing your bathroom as opposed to a full or even partial renovation.
Resurfacing is simply putting a new surface on an existing one. This can be painting your bathroom vanity, or tiles, installing a wallpaper or backsplash. Redoing your bathroom floor or changing your plumbing fixtures (but JUST the fixtures).
Remodeling on the other hand, you are not just changing the finishes of your bathroom, but you are looking at changing the layout of your bathroom. You could be trying to remove that bathtub or jacuzzi that is taking up alot of your bathroom’s traffic space or looking to move your existing toilet to a different spot, if there are structural changes it is considered a remodel or renovation.
The important thing to ask yourself when you are deciding to remodel or resurface your bathroom is, “Will I be making any changes to my plumbing and or electrical system?”. Answering this question alone will give you a better idea of:
- The Cost of the Project
- The Amount of Time the Project Could Take
- And Whether or Not You Need to Hire Professional Help
Applying for Permits
The biggest reason you should be thinking about whether or not you will be making structural changes to your bathroom is to know if you need to apply for a permit. The biggest delays in construction / remodel are permit delays, the sooner you apply for permits the quicker you can get approval and begin working on your project. Even deceptively-easy DIY projects might require a permit.
Do I need a permit to remodel my bathroom?
The best way to know if you will need a permit is to read up on your city’s residential permit rules. In Florida, we have the Florida Building Code that contractors as well as Florida residents need to follow when doing any remodeling project that will change anything about the structure of a home or commercial space.
Some typical bathroom projects that will most likely need a permit include:
- Removing or Moving a Sink, Toilet, Tub or Shower
- Making any Changes to Plumbing or Sewage
- Removing a Bathroom Wall
- Adding Windows or Skylights
- Adding Electrical Outlets
*Please reference your local governments building code for a complete list of all of the instances where you will need to apply for a permit.
Why are permits important?
Permits for projects ensure that the work complies with local policies like land use, zoning, and construction. As much as it might seem like a hassle to get a permit to do something in your own home, getting a permit could potentially save you so much time and money in the long run.
In the event you want to sell your home, being able to produce permits on your property shows your buyers that you do things by the book. Alternatively, if you do not have a permit but should have had one to do your renovation, you’ll need to apply for permits retroactively or sell the home with unpermitted work at a discount.
Getting permits after the job has already been completed is much more costly and time consuming and in the worst of cases you might even need to demolish a portion of your remodel to prove that it was done correctly.
This is one of the many benefits of doing your bathroom remodel with a professional contractor. They not only take care of the bureaucracy of filing the permit for you, but you can also sleep sound knowing that it was filed correctly. If you want to learn more about the other benefits of hiring a general contractor check out our other blogs here.
How will my remodel affect my homeowners insurance?
I know what you are thinking, “When are we going to get to the good stuff?”. I promise it is coming, but I wouldn’t be doing you justice if I didn’t take the time to talk about the bureaucratic part of remodeling. It might not be as fun and glamorous as just picking up the hammer and getting started on that cool DIY project, but going over the boring stuff now might just save you later.
Understanding what your Homeowners Insurance policy covers is crucial to making any changes to your home. When homeowners hire contractors to take on their renovation projects, the contractor is usually responsible for securing and maintaining remodeling insurance coverage. In other words if something happens during the construction to your home or to someone on site, they are responsible for the damages.
Does home insurance protect you from DIY renovations?
The short answer is that every policy is different. That’s why you should always check your homeowners insurance policy to see what upgrades and renovations will be covered if something were to go wrong. You also want to be sure that there is enough coverage in case someone were to be hurt during the project.
Be sure to carefully review your coverage limits to see what requirements and limitations may apply. And when your remodel is done, it is important to make sure that your insurance still covers the upgrade you made. You might find that you may need to add extra coverage in order to cover the added value that your renovation gave your home.
Regardless of whether you are doing a remodel or just a bathroom resurfacing, figuring out how your upgrade will take place and planning the logistics of it is crucial. Once you have this down, you can get to the fun part of picking out your vanity, the tile you want to use and making your dream bathroom come to life.
We have gone ahead and linked our blog here. This blog will give you a more indepth look at the fun part of building out your bathroom, as well as a ballpark cost of each individual upgrade.
However, the best way to get all of your bathroom remodel questions answered is by reaching out to us. Not only can we help you get answers about permitting and insurance, we will also be able to give you a more realistic cost to completing your dream project.
Reach out to us today for a no obligation estimate!