It’s easy to see why you might think a do-it-yourself project is the way to go when you’re ready for a bathroom update. After all, what’s not to like? You’ve heard you can save money, pick up some new skills, and control the project if you DIY.
Here’s what you may not have heard! The bathroom might be the most difficult room for an amateur contractor thanks to the room’s plumbing, electrical and advanced fixtures. But don’t take our word for it. Take a look at these examples of DIY bathroom remodels that went horribly wrong.
Don’t try to change the layout
If you pick a bad layout you could actually negatively impact the value of your home. What if that simple door replacement opens up directly into the toilet or you install a large vanity that impedes traffic when the bath is installed. These types of layout problems can really turn off a potential buyer down the road and will in fact lower market value. And you won’t love living in that kind of space either!
Hope you’re happy with the layout
Still want to change the layout? Without plumbing experience you’re stuck with the current placement of the toilet, sink, and tub, and isn’t part of the fun of remodeling changing the layout of a room? With some of the modern designs available like the corner sink or the floating vanity moving the positions of each appliance could create a significant upgrade in space. Just one reason to call in a professional!
Water can sink your DIY project
Installing a tub, toilet, or sink wrong could literally flood all levels of your home. If you turn to a professional contractor (we highly recommend that!) make sure you hire someone with experience doing bathroom remodeling projects so they understand the many fixture, flooring, and sealing techniques necessary.
Worst Case Scenario Is Your Only Scenario
If you hire a licensed, bonded, and insured contractor like us, you’ll have some recourse in the event some sort of catastrophe occurs. On the other hand, if you’re doing the work yourself and damage occurs, you won’t even be able to turn to your homeowners insurance to help offset the cost of a professional repair. At the end of the day you’ll be out of money, you won’t have a bathroom you love, and you’ll still need to pay a professional, licensed contractor to take over.