First things first. A bathroom remodel is a long process, and you’re going to want to be as prepared as possible before the job begins. If you’re researching the early steps of a remodel, you’re off to a great start! Many people ask us what they should prepare to do first and foremost when they start their bathroom remodel because they want as much preparation as possible.
However, what we tell them is different than they may expect. You might be curious about whether your bathtub will go in first, or that vanity you’ve had your eye on. But as you will see, there are a lot of “first steps” that need to be completed before you move on to the exciting installation—which is just another reason it’s so important to hire a licensed and insured contractor!
The First Steps: Planning
The very first steps of a remodel involve careful planning of what you want to do. Before any demolition is completed, before permits are pulled, and before you even talk to a contractor, we recommend taking some time to have a general idea of what you want.
This means that you should go through images you like, snap and clip photos where you can, or save a folder on your desktop. Have a list of priorities so that you’re ready to discuss them with your contractor.
The First Discussions: Your Contractor
The first step in any major bathroom remodel is to talk to a contractor. If you’re making a major change—something more drastic than adding shelving, replacing a showerhead, or painting the walls—a remodeling contractor will make sure the job is completed properly, safely, and in accordance with local codes.
Most likely, you’re going to need a permit before you start any of the work. (You can find more information about permit requirements in Los Angeles here.) A contractor who knows the ins and outs of permits in your area will be able to see that you follow through with permits and more.
You can get a good idea of costs, timelines, and much more, and you’ll know that there are qualified people on the job from beginning to end. The contractor can order all of the necessary supplies so that the work is organized and less stressful overall.
The First Task: Demolition
When all of the paperwork is in order (which may take some time), it’s time to start the work. And what else could come first aside from tearing the old components of your bathroom apart? In most instances, it will take quite a while before any actual installations can be made.
Demolition may reveal some problems that should be addressed before work proceeds. For example, you may need to address a mold issue behind the old shower tiling, or there might be a plumbing leak.
The First Install: Plumbing, Electrical, and More
Now, finally, it’s time to start installing things. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you’ll see the new bathtub or sink in place right away. Plumbing connections must be made, electrical wiring completed, exhaust fans and more must all be hooked up properly.
As you can see, the beginning steps of a remodel are not exactly glamorous. It will take you a while to see the results you want, but with the right contractor on the job, you can feel confident the completed bathroom remodel will go smoothly.
The licensed and insured contractors at Advanced Builders & Contractors are here to help with your bathroom remodel in Los Angeles, Ca. Call us today!