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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

Do I need a general contractor for a bathroom remodel?

For a small bathroom remodel, you may not need a general contractor. For example, if you simply need some plumbing or electrical work done in your bathroom, hiring a plumber or electrician should be sufficient. 

However, if you’re tackling a large-scale remodel, a general contractor can coordinate a team of designers, painters and other specialty contractors to get the job done. Typically, the rule of thumb is that you should hire a general contractor if your project is large enough to require a building permit. 

Reach out the best bathroom remodelers near you to start planning your project, assemble a team and get cost estimates.

What should I ask a bathroom remodeler before hiring?

It’s important to ensure that you and the contractor are on the same page before any work begins, so don’t be afraid to ask potential bathroom remodelers plenty of questions.

Start by reading the contractor’s reviews online. Ask to see examples of their past work — specifically, work that is similar to yours. If you need the bathroom remodel done by a certain date, ask the contractor if they will be able to complete the work by your deadline. And you should always ask how they handle payments. 

Here are some examples of questions you can ask:

  • What materials do you recommend for my budget and overall vision?
  • How much are the materials and labor? What will my final cost be?
  • Do you have the proper license and insurance? 
  • Can I see photos of past bathroom remodels you’ve worked on?
  • How long will it take to complete the remodel?
  • How do you handle payments?

Are bathroom remodels worth it?

Remodeling your bathroom can lead to high personal satisfaction, as perhaps even a return on your investment when it comes time to sell your home. When you replace old and worn out surfaces with high-quality materials, it is almost guaranteed to improve the look and functionality of that space. A bathroom renovation can also improve your home’s curb appeal to future buyers and boost its overall value. 

To determine if this project is worth the cost, start by getting free estimates from the best bathroom remodelers near you. And if you plan on selling your home, consult with your real estate expert to identify which remodeling projects you should prioritize.

How much does it cost to remodel a bathroom?

Nationally, the average cost of bathroom remodeling varies greatly. Bathroom remodels can vary widely, from standard makeovers to luxurious master bathroom revamps.

The factors that affect your bathroom remodeling cost are the finishes you choose (marble tiles can cost 20 times as much as standard subway tiles), the square footage of the project, regional labor rates in your area and the scope of work. Changing the layout or size of the bathroom will also raise costs. Moving electrical wiring and plumbing lines will also dramatically increase costs, as you’ll need to hire plumbers and electricians to handle the work. What’s happening behind your walls and under your floor will also affect bathroom remodeling cost. Rot, damage or mold can lead to additional work and charges. 

Here are some examples of average bathroom remodeling costs:

  • 6-foot by 6-foot bathroom remodel: $3,500, including labor and materials.
  • Standard renovation: $6,500-$10,000. Price includes labor and materials the customer has purchased. Labor may include taking out the shower and shower pan, installing new shower pan and shower, and installing new door, new vanity, new mirror, new bathroom fan, and all new fixtures. Price variation depends on the quality of the finishes.
  • 10-foot by 6-foot bathroom remodel: $7,200, including labor and materials.
  • Mid-range renovation: $12,000-$15,000. Price includes labor and materials the customer has purchased.
  • Upscale renovation: $35,000 and up. Price includes labor and materials. Items might include digital displays for fixtures, multiple shower heads and custom showers.

How long should a bathroom remodel take?

With proper planning and a good general contractor, your bathroom remodeling project doesn’t have to take forever. The construction phase of the project will always vary based on your scope of work, the square footage and the condition of your bathroom under the surface layer. Inevitably an 80-square-foot master bathroom with major changes will take longer than a 25-square-foot guest bath undergoing a minor renovation. For a smaller bathroom, a facelift — the industry term for sprucing up the surface layer (such as paint, vanity, tiles or light fixtures) but keeping the existing footprint of the space — may take five to eight working days, as long as there are no surprises like mold waiting when the old vanity comes out. A more complex bathroom remodel that revamps the shower area (customizing the plumbing, installing tile and changing the shower door), updates the flooring and cabinetry, and adds new paint and new lighting could take anywhere from one week to three weeks. A full bathroom remodel that guts the room, changing the footprint and moving the electrical wiring and plumbing lines, could take four to eight weeks or more. To keep your bathroom remodel on schedule, have your materials ordered and waiting, and don’t make any change orders once construction begins. Planning is key to keeping a bathroom remodel on schedule.   

For more on how long a bathroom remodel should take check out The Complete Thumbtack Bathroom Remodel Guide.

How do I remodel my bathroom?

Bathroom remodeling is made up of three general phases. The first phase is the planning and permitting phase, in which you determine exactly what you want, what materials and finishes will be used, and what the end product will look like. If you’re competent with design you can handle the planning yourself, or you may hire an interior designer to guide you. During this phase you’ll also hire a general contractor who can help execute your remodel vision, coordinating and overseeing all the subcontractors required to do the bathroom remodeling (plumbers, flooring pros, etc.). When your plan is finalized, your contractor should obtain permits for the work you want done. During this time you’ll work together to order all the materials so they’ll be ready and waiting when it’s time to start construction.

The second phase is construction. Bathroom remodeling typically starts with demolition, removing the old floors, shower and vanity to make way for the new. Delays in delivery of materials, or changing your mind and ordering different materials halfway into the project, will mean that construction has to pause until the new materials arrive. Each subcontractor is dependent on the next to do their work, and the general contractor should keep things moving along at the proper timeline, ensuring that the right materials are available and dealing promptly with any unexpected repairs, such as damage discovered behind the walls or under the floor. The general contractor will also coordinate inspections from the necessary officials if you’ve moved load-bearing walls or done electrical or plumbing work. After construction is complete, the final phase of bathroom remodeling is addressing your punch list. These are all the items that need to be corrected before final payment is handed over to the contractor.

For more on how to remodel a bathroom check out The Complete Thumbtack Bathroom Remodel Guide.

How can I find out if a general contractor is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

To find out whether a general contractor is considered essential in your area during the current coronavirus pandemic, visit your city or state’s government website, which will have information on essential services.

Find information on national recommendations by visiting CISA’s Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19 webpage. However, not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure. 

Where should I start when remodeling a bathroom?

Bathroom remodeling doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Before starting a bathroom remodel it’s crucial to know what you want and have a clear understanding of your maximum budget. If you’d love all marble fixtures but have $3,000 total, you will have to compromise. Being realistic about materials and money before you even contact a contractor will have you on the road to success. Here are some simple steps to follow in the planning stages of bathroom remodeling:

  • List your remodeling priorities in order of importance (e.g., 1. New shower head, 2. Replace flooring, 3. Install recessed lighting, etc.).
  • Calculate what you can realistically afford to spend on your bathroom remodel. Identify an “all in” price — meaning the absolute maximum you’re willing to pay, as well as what you’d prefer to spend.
  • Gather ideas from Pinterest about colors and finishes.
  • Research the costs of the materials and finishes you want and begin making choices about what is and isn’t possible to fit into your budget (once labor is included). If you’d like to stay under $10,000 total, but really love a $2,000 tub, plan to downgrade in other areas.
  • Request quotes from at least three reputable general contractors, share your vision and ideal materials, and work together from there.

How do I plan a bathroom remodeling project?

If you’re stumped on how to plan a bathroom remodeling project, it pays to hire a designer. This is especially important if you’re changing your bathroom layout in any way. Designers create contractor-friendly drawings indicating exactly where each tile and fixture will be installed, down to the light switches. This investment might cost you $300-$500 but save you significant frustration and miscommunication, while ensuring you get precisely what you want.

If you’re going to do your own design, planning a bathroom remodeling project means being organized and planning ahead. Create a general outline of what you want and the budget you have. Identify the specific fixtures, tiles, paint and vanity you prefer. Get all this organized before requesting quotes from two to three reputable general contractors. Once you find the right pro, get a written contract outlining scope of work, materials that will be used, timeframe and payment schedule. Communicate clearly about when to order your materials so they are ready and waiting by the time the contractor gets the permits. Your job from here is to communicate clearly, pay the contractor as the work progresses, and enjoy your remodel when it’s done.

For more on where to start when remodeling a bathroom check out The Complete Thumbtack Bathroom Remodel Guide.

How much does a shower remodel cost?

If you don’t need foundational work (like a new shower pan) but want a tile makeover in your shower, the average national cost for tiling a shower is $3,875. The average cost for bathroom tile is $25 per square foot for installation; at that rate, a standard tub and shower combo tile job with walls that are roughly 6 feet to 8 feet high may have tile installation costs that average $2,000. If all your bathroom really needs is a new shower door, door installation averages $250-$510.

For more on how to remodel a bathroom and what it costs for a shower remodel check out The Complete Thumbtack Bathroom Remodel Guide.

Reviews for San Diego bathroom remodelers
Thumbtack Customer
Juan and his tile contractor did an excellent job with my bathroom remodel.
JEM PlumbingJEM Plumbing
Joni V.
Great kind people that were considerate and honest. Would definitely use their service again.Thanks for a great bathroom remodel.
JMM construction and remodelingJMM construction and remodeling
Alli M.
David recently remodeled my master bathroom. He was reliable, communicative, and professional. I could not be more thrilled with the outcome!
David McArthurDavid McArthur
Lynne a.
Did a wonderful job on our bathroom remodel. Detail work was fantastic, Very happy and highly recommend Them . Avi was great!!!
Need For BuildNeed For Build
Mark P.
We hired David and his team to remodel our second bathroom. They did wonderful work and were punctual, professional and courteous. I was very pleased with the outcome and would recommend him to anyone looking into a remodeling project. -Mark P.
David McArthurDavid McArthur
James L.
We recently hired Js Innovative Home Remodeling company for our 5x9 bathroom remodeling project. This project was about replacing an outdated bathroom with more modern look. Tub shower, toilet, vanity, mirror, light and floor were replaced. Jose and Julio did an awesome job with this bathroom remodeling project and we are pleased with the overall outcome. They were courteous and hardworking people. One thing to keep in mind is that an owner has to pay for all the materials including paint roller, nails, caulk and other small construction materials which are usually provided by a contractor and this extra cost was added later with a final payment.
Js Innovative Home Remodeling IncJs Innovative Home Remodeling Inc
Rachel W.
So thrilled with how our bathroom remodel went. David was fast and the quality of work is amazing! There is nothing to complain about with how it turned out.
David McArthurDavid McArthur
Elaine M.
Zac helped us get our bathrooms in working order! He remodeled a bathroom; stripping wallpaper, painting and updating fixtures. He fixed a number of out of order items: shower doors, shower heads, toilets and sinks! Zac was professional and extremely knowledgeable. He also had creative ideas for a future project we hope to do. We recommend HAVIRDO for your remodeling needs!
HAVIRDO Design & Build, RemodelingHAVIRDO Design & Build, Remodeling
Rachel E.
Ilan and the King Remodeling team were outstanding to work with. As a first time home owner and first time renovating a bathroom, the process couldn’t have gone smoother. We were out of town for the majority of the remodel and felt very confident leaving the house for the team to come and go as well as received updated check ins on the progress. Thank you Ilan for helping guide our design choices, fitting in the project to accommodate our schedule, and bringing the bathroom of our dreams to life. Looking forward to working with King Remodeling for future projects!
King Remodeling, IncKing Remodeling, Inc
David A.
We are so happy we chose Havirdo for our bathroom remodeling! Absolutely stunning work, changing our old, outdated eyesore of a bathroom into one we're proud to show off. Aside from Zac's promptness and professionalism, his knowledge and expertise enabled him to overcome a number of unforeseen challenges (a tub we didn't realize was cast iron, a literal hole in the ground underneath, nonstandard beams in the walls, etc.), while remaining focused on providing a finished product that met and exceeded our expectations. Most of all, the way that Zac approached the remodel as it were his own bathroom, adding the finishing touches that really make it shine, made us glad we chose Havirdo and certain to call him again for future remodeling projects.
HAVIRDO Design & Build, RemodelingHAVIRDO Design & Build, Remodeling
Murali M.
Overall really good experience -- Really happy we ended up choosing them for our bathroom remodel. Very responsive -- Helping with every question and being flexible with our ever-changing requests.
Kanna Construction & RemodelingKanna Construction & Remodeling
Neal L.
Project success depends on the contractor and this bathroom remodel was very very successful. The project manager was attentive and on top of everything. All craft workers were meticulous. Job really well done. Thank you.
King Remodeling, IncKing Remodeling, Inc
Thumbtack Customer
Matt was great from initial consultation to the finishing touches. He helped guide some design choices and worked with us on floor plan changes. We are very happy with our master bathroom remodel.
American Custom BuildersAmerican Custom Builders
Brandi B.
Bathroom remodel took 7 days to complete. We were not in a hurry, but he stayed all day and works hard. Very responsive on the phone. Some miscommunication about the shower glass that I ended up having to call another company for and a little messy with the caulking and the finishing touches. My bathroom looks good!
David McArthurDavid McArthur
Thumbtack Customer
Matt was efficient and detail-oriented in his remodel work. His knowledge, professionalism and commitment to customer satisfaction shows and I am very happy with the two bathroom remodels he did for me. I would absolutely recommend him for any level of home remodeling/repair work as he's very clear on what he can do, how he will accomplish the work, and when he can get it done. Plus the finished product is outstanding!
American Custom BuildersAmerican Custom Builders
Jeff K.
JMM did a fantastic job remodeling our bathroom. This was our first construction project and choosing a contractor who is willing to walk us through each phase was important. JMM excelled in the “first-time remodel project” experience. I worked mainly with project manager, Corey. He visited both the plumbing and tile store to pick out the products. The partners he worked with were both professional and non pushy. We especially enjoyed working with Jenna at Ferguson. As you can see in the photos, we LOVE our new bathroom. The crew all showed up with smile on their face and very respectful. I would recommend JMM for any remodel project.
JMM construction and remodelingJMM construction and remodeling
Christelle R.
The absolute best. My husband and I recently bought a house and the master bathroom was in desperate need for a remodel. So glad we found David. We were working on a tight timeline and he delivered in the most professional and efficient and
David McArthurDavid McArthur
Chris J.
I wanted my 1980’s bathroom remodeled. This was to include: removing shower wall material, removing floor tiles, removing & replacing toilet, raising shower head about 10 inches, replace shower hardware, new tiling from tub to ceiling with an accent strip, new floor tiling and installing shower doors. I received 3 different bids. Zac’s was the most affordable and I was very impressed with the Schlueter Systems water proofing that he always uses. As with many remodels, there was an unexpected problem that required fixing. Weakness in the subfloor with resultant leveling needed. Zac communicated expertly with pictures and explanations so I could understand. He gave the additional cost as well as time to do this before continuing on. The rest of the remodel went right along on target. I’m grateful for the artistic as well as perfectionism of the tiling and accent band and the floor tiling. The shower doors look amazing. The whole bathroom looks wonderful and I’m 100%+ satisfied with my remodel. Thanks again Zac!
HAVIRDO Design & Build, RemodelingHAVIRDO Design & Build, Remodeling
Hank C.
I called GW Construction for a bathroom remodel. They were very polite and professional and gave me great advice on how to proceed with my project. They told me call them any time I need work done in the future. I will use them again!! True professionals.
GW ConstructionGW Construction
Stephen V.
We used David and his team for a guest bathroom remodel. The team was professional, punctual and courteous from the very beginning. Zach, in particular, was here each day delivering an excellent level of service, detail-oriented, thorough and high quality work and was a delight to work with. I’d definitely recommend this team for future jobs.
David McArthurDavid McArthur
Roberto N.
We are so glad we hired Jay as the contractor to upgrade our bathroom. Him and his team did a great job! Our experience with his company was smooth and stress free. We highly recommend Js Innovative Home Remodeling Inc. We will do more projects with his company in the years to come. Thank you for a job well done!
Js Innovative Home Remodeling IncJs Innovative Home Remodeling Inc
Ashley C.
JMM Remodeling did a beautiful job with my bathroom upgrade. Corey was very communicative and worked well with my building manager (we live in a high rise and have to follow HOA rules). He was upfront with the cost and there were no surprises. We worked together on the design and I appreciated his professional input. Everyone on his team was great to work with and they have a high standard of quality.
JMM construction and remodelingJMM construction and remodeling
Jena G.
Jay is the best of the best for general contracting needs. He is timely, professional and very skilled. We hired Jay for a complete gut of our bathroom and we are so grateful he was so flexible to start work on the job immediately. His tile work is beautiful. He is responsive and extremely helpful with providing advice on what does or doesn’t work. He is budget conscious as well. He also was able to help us on leveling our flooring from a botched job from another contractor and he did an amazing job. 10/10 recommend Jay for your contracting needs. Below are photos of our bathroom remodel.
J-Farrow General Contracting Inc.J-Farrow General Contracting Inc.
Nathan W.
Jag and team met or exceeded every aspect of my bathroom addition. More than just a remodel, they helped me navigate city permits, drill new plumbing thru 12” of concrete in my residential condo complex foundation, move walls, install a new toilet, and tile a beautiful shower. This project has completely transformed our place and the quality of work is just beautiful. I highly recommend JS Innovative.
Js Innovative Home Remodeling IncJs Innovative Home Remodeling Inc
Bob S.
King Remodeling just competed a remodel of our guest bathroom, and we could not be more pleased. We received bids from 5 contractors but chose King Remodeling because he seemed to best understand our needs/desires, and had numerous photos of recent work that put his finishing touches on display. King Remodeling was also a little more clear as to the details of the final cost, our responsibility in the process, and what they had to offer. From the beginning: Ilan is very involved in the process from providing the estimate, design, choosing the right fixtures, and conducting final inspections at each stage. He actually saved us quite a bit of money by pointing us in the right direction for certain fixtures and final touches. His passion and desire to do the right thing for the customer should not be confused as a "hard-sell". When we had indecisions, Ilan gently provided options and recommendations, but was always willing to go with our choice. The Process: All the workers were very considerate, professional, extremely hard working, and detail oriented from beginning to end. The workmanship is excellent. It is a construction project, so of course there will be dust, but the workers in each phase did their absolute best in keeping it to a minimum. Final results: As stated above, our expectations have been exceeded. As a matter of fact, we are so pleased that we are now going to have King Remodeling do our Master bath, and are excited to begin that process. Without question, he was the right choice. I have no doubt that should we happen to find any problems/defects in the future, it will be resolved with a simple call to Ilan.
King Remodeling, IncKing Remodeling, Inc
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