A bathroom remodel is an exciting project, and second only to a kitchen remodel when it comes to adding value to your home. Like any renovation project, remodeling a bathroom requires a lot of preparation. You may have already chosen your layout, tiles, lighting, furniture, appliances, paint, and fixtures, but have you prepared your home properly for that Big First Day?
Check out how to prep your house for a bathroom remodel.
Remove All Personal Items
Whether you pack things away or just shift them to another bathroom in the house, it’s important to empty the room of everything movable so your contractors can get right to work. Don’t forget to:
- Empty The Shower Shelves
- Remove Shower Curtains And Rings
- Clear Off Area Around The Tub
- Remove Bar Soap From Fixed Soap Dishes
- Empty All Cabinets
- Empty All Drawers
- Clear All Counters
- Remove Bath, Wash Towels, and Hand Towels
- Remove Candles And Decorative Pieces
- Take Down Curtains
- Remove Wall Decorations
- Remove Toilet Paper From The Roll
- Remove Garbage Can
- Clean Out Under The Sink
- Remove Bathrobes Or Towels From Hooks
- Empty Linen Closet If Within The Room
- Remove Bath Toys
- Remove Freestanding Towel Heaters
- Empty Medicine Cabinet
- Remove Freestanding Scales
- Remove Bath Mats
Set Up The Replacement Bathroom
Depending on the extent of your bathroom remodel, your old bathroom may be out of service for weeks or longer. Make sure everyone in the family is adequately prepared for the inevitable disruption.
If there’s enough space in another bathroom, everyone should store their toiletry essentials there before the project starts. Alternatively, each family member can fill a portable bag with their necessities and tote it back and forth to the alternative bathroom as needed. You may want to have a family meeting ahead of the project to work out shower schedules so the transition is as smooth as possible.
If you only have one bathroom in your home, you may want to plan to take a vacation during the renovation, or rent a portable toilet for the duration of the remodel.
Lay A Path
Plumbers, electricians, carpenters, and tilers will be coming and going during the renovation. Minimize any potential damage to your flooring and rugs by laying out a path for the professionals. Check out home supply retailers for rosin paper, carpet protection film, or other floor protection materials.
Protect Your Furniture
Bathrooms tend to be relatively small, isolated spaces, but demolition work, sanding drywall, and ripping out tiles are dusty jobs. That dust is bound to drift out into other rooms in your home. Minimize the dust by:
- Draping plastic sheets over the doorway.
- Expanding the carpet or floor protection to some distance on either side of the area outside the bathroom.
- Keeping doors to nearby rooms shut during the remodeling.
- Moving or covering any nearby furniture with drop clothes until the work is done.
With a little planning, you can make sure your renovation project causes minimum disruption and runs like clockwork. In the end, you’ll have a brand new bathroom to enjoy.