Finding a contractor to remodel your bathroom is little different from finding a contractor for any other remodeling job. It is important to be cautious when hiring anyone to do any work on your home, especially when it comes to plumbing and electrical. Since both of these are often involved in a bathroom remodel a little extra caution can be worth your while. Many contractors advertise in newspapers, yellow pages, internet, radio and TV. You shouldn’t however consider an ad to be an indication of the quality of work that a contractor might do. You should get several written estimates from reputable contractors and don’t be afraid to ask for explanations for price variations. Don’t automatically choose the lowest bidder.
Depending on the size and complexity of the project, you will want to either hire a general contractor who will then be responsible for hiring out specialty contractors, getting necessary permits and scheduling inspections or hire each contractor and manage all aspects of the project yourself. If you are doing a complete remodel, you could need separate contractors for plumbing, fixtures, electric, flooring, cabinetry, general carpentry, dry wall, and painting. You also may want to consult a designer. Many find it much simpler to allow a general contractor to manage these contractors.
However, the most important thing to do before you and your contractor get started with the renovation is to know what you want. Most of the bathroom renovations turn into disasters not because of the contractor is incompetent, but because the homeowners aren’t too sure of exactly what they want. Frequently changing the plan and not sticking to what was decided before can lead to a decline in the performance of the renovators and lead to a complete debacle. So, to ensure that the renovation is carried out just the way you have planned, it is important to stick to the plan and ensure that the contractor follows it as well.