The Right Approach to Starting Your Bathroom Remodel

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Remodeling the bathroom is the most common home improvement project according to a recent study of Canadian homeowners. It doesn’t come as a surprise to most people. Renovating a bathroom is great for re-sale and it’s a room you use most often in your home. Improving your bathroom can shoot up the value of your house and so you see a lot of real estate investors putting some cash into ensuring the bathrooms are well done. Whether you’re planning to put the house on the market or you’re now an empty nester and looking to create your bathroom oasis, there are a number of reasons that homeowners in Saskatoon are looking to remodel their bathroom. Maybe you have no choice because your bathroom is no longer safe to use or has too many plumbing issues.

Whatever your reason, a bathroom remodel can be fun and exciting when you approach it the right way. If you find the process daunting, here is a guide to getting your bathroom remodel project started.


Finding a Contractor

This is where Kijenga can play a key role in your bathroom renovation project. 89% of homeowners in Saskatoon are frustrated with the process of finding and hiring contractors. We make it easy as pie with our online matchmaking service for Saskatoon and surrounding areas. Simply post your project. Our project coordinator will contact you to finalize some details before matching you with certified and reputable contractors that specialize in bathroom renovations. We make sure all our contractors have liability insurance, WCB, a valid business license, GST number and references. We do the homework for you. Once we connect you to our verified pros, they provide quotes on your project and voila. We help you from posting your project details to making the hire and it’s all done from the comfort of your own home. Simply post your project for free and let’s get things started on the right foot.


Preparing Your Budget

There are a few factors that determine the cost of your bathroom remodel – size, shape, and materials. The higher the quality of the materials you hope to use, the bigger the budget you should prepare. Your budget will also depend on the level of renovation. Will the bathroom remodel require demolition and removal? Are you gutting the existing plumbing and having them replaced entirely? Are you completely re-tiling?

If you need help planning out your renovation, it’s best to consult with an expert. Luckily for you, we have a great offer on our online marketplace. Check it out. 

You want to renovate your home but you have no idea where to start. You have ideas and the wheels are turning but you aren’t going anywhere. Don’t worry, we know the feeling and you’re not alone.

If you’re planning a home renovation project but you need a professional to come into your home to discuss options, offer advice and be there along the way, this package is a perfect fit for you. It includes a 2 hour in-home consultation with an experienced and professional contractor to discuss your project. Together you will customize a plan with a detailed project budget and report tailored for your bathroom renovation.


Requesting Estimates

The recommendation is to request quotes from at least 3 contractors so that you can not only compare pricing but also determine which of the contractors you will have the best working relationship with. Although at Kijenga we certify and verify all our contractor members, it’s best to figure out which contractor is best for you and your project. Once we connect you with these bathroom renovation contractors in Saskatoon, make sure you ask the right questions and leave enough time for them to come by and provide a detailed estimate on the project.

In your first meeting with each contractor, don’t be hesitant to ask for their expected payment schedule and process, how long they have worked with their subcontractors, and a predicted timeline for the project.


Signing a Contract

Once you have accepted a contractor’s bid for your bathroom remodel project, a written contract should be signed by both parties, and it should clearly state the following:

  • Project description
  • Details of materials used including costs and warranty
  • Permit information
  • Workmanship warranty
  • Lien waivers for the subcontractors
  • Payment schedule
  • Contractor’s license number
  • Both of your addresses

Get it in writing!


Project Preparation

Because your bathroom that is undergoing renovation will be out-of-order for the duration of the project, make other bathroom arrangements.  If you only have one bathroom, set up a temporary bath and toilet somewhere else in your house or ask a neighbor if you can use their facilities.

Whether your bathroom remodel was long overdue and necessary or it was because you simply wanted a change, a new version of your bathroom awaits you once the project is completed. And if you follow this guide, you’ll be able to approach it with confidence.


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