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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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?

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.

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 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. 

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.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a general contractor when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a general contractor, avoid any physical contact, don’t shake hands, keep 6 feet of distance between you and the pro and sanitize all involved surfaces. Also, use digital platforms to communicate and make payments.

Reviews for Chicago bathroom remodelers
Obinna E.
Awesome experience! Can’t wait for the next bathroom remodel.
O.R.Z Construction LLCO.R.Z Construction LLC
Tim S.
Century City Baths did an amazing job on my recent bathroom remodel! The assigned remodelers were very punctual and respectful of my home. They were experienced pros and their work was top-notch. We will definitely be contacting Century City for our next bathroom remodel.
Century City BathsCentury City Baths
Daniel B.
Genaro was extremely professional, communicative and punctual in remodeling our bathroom. Would highly recommend
A.G.E CONSTRUCTION INCA.G.E CONSTRUCTION INC
Anne P.
Successful bathroom remodel during a really tough time in terms of supply chain and travel within Chicago. Great work, done in a timely fashion.
The Jack of All Trades LLCThe Jack of All Trades LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Claudio was so nice and helpful during our bathroom remodel. He finished both bathrooms as promised on time (only 2 weeks). He was so responsive as well, answering all my text messages right away. Our bathrooms looks great and we will use him in the future!
CALI ConstructionCALI Construction
Dina S.
I was so pleased with the work that Chicago Task Remodeling did on my bathroom. My bathroom was a shambles, falling apart from the previous owner's lack of care when remodeling the bathroom just a few years ago. Jose and his team were super helpful in helping me pick out the right materials to make the job look great, and finished the job quickly and with as little mess as is possible in these situations. The work was done well, and any issues I had were promptly addressed and corrected. I love my new bathroom and will use this company for any tasks I have going forward. Highly recommended!
Chicago Task Remodeling Inc.Chicago Task Remodeling Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Andrei and Andrei did such a great job on our kitchen backsplash! Their work was beautiful and they kept their work area very neat. We plan on using them for our bathroom remodels!
Andrei ViscribovAndrei Viscribov
Anna B.
Filip was wonderful! He did a great work totally remodeling my bathroom. Filip is very punctual and very responsive He is highly professional and he is great to work with . I'll certainly recommend him for any remodeling and renovation project. Thank you so much, Filip and your team!
Fimisa.IncFimisa.Inc
Derek K.
Worked with Leo and his team to remodel a bathroom in a 2-unit rental. They helped with the entire selection process, picking up materials, and finished the job in a timely manner. Responsive and great team to work with!
Stanford Group IncStanford Group Inc
David H.
Claudio was excellent to work with on my bathroom remodel. He provided excellent service and finished on time and on budget. Couldn't be happier with the service I received. I would definitely ask Claudio for help again on future projects.
CALI ConstructionCALI Construction
Ali Z.
Carlos and his team were amazing. While they remodeled our bathroom, they kept the area clean everyday until the day it was finished, helping minimize dust and dirt. He was communicative and incredibly flexible when we made last minute changes or requests. We are happy with the bathroom update and will be looking to utilize his service for other updates we are planning to make in our home. Gracias Carlos!
CMC REMOLDING LLC.CMC REMOLDING LLC.
Jill M.
CMC did an amazing job remodeling my bathroom! It literally looks like a picture from a home decor magazine. All the contractors were very courteous and clean and I was consulted every step of the way as the project progressed. I recommend them with great enthusiasm!
CMC REMOLDING LLC.CMC REMOLDING LLC.
Alejandro H.
Leo and team did an amazing job helping me finish my bathroom project. He and Ruben walked me through the entire process and even went above and beyond. They were always on time, delivered quality work while also consulting us along the way confirming what we wanted for different aspect of the remodel. My wife and I couldn’t be happier with our new bathroom and look forward to working with Stanford Group on future projects.
Stanford Group IncStanford Group Inc
Thumbtack Customer
Andrei was excellent, he is a master of his craft, have artistic vision and did more than we expected. He is very reasonable and did outstanding bathroom re-modeling work, he also painted and did touch-up/finish work, I recommend Andrei for any remodeling, new build work with confidence.
Andrei ViscribovAndrei Viscribov
Abby R.
Working with Jack was great - we are so glad that we found him for our job. He took our dingy basement floor that was plywood and leveled it and put down new flooring and did a full bathroom gut and remodel. Once he took demo'ed the existing bathroom, he realized that he could get us a lot more square footage on the layout, which really elevated the space. He did a great job with a new shower installation and tiles. He finished the job on time and on budget and was great at communicating and easy to work with. Would highly recommend!
The Jack of All Trades LLCThe Jack of All Trades LLC
Kristofer K.
I worked with Chicago Task Remodeling for a full bathroom remodel that I designed myself. Initially when getting quotes, a few contractors were hesitant to work on a project that I designed/planned, however, Chicago Task Remodeling took on the project with excitement. Jose and crew arrived on time each day, worked continuously throughout the day moving efficiently and effectively and most importantly, explained to me why things needed to be done a certain way and talked me through obstacles as they came up. This was VERY important to me, as I hope to do a few more of these projects in the future and had little knowledge on what all went into removing a cast iron tub and building in a walk in shower in a 60-70 year old building. The quality was superb and the costs were very reasonable. Can't be happier with the new shower installation.
Chicago Task Remodeling Inc.Chicago Task Remodeling Inc.
Melissa S.
Initially contractor said he wanted information about my bathroom remodeling project; however after I provided that information he did not respond back to me despite the fact that I contacted him multiple times. This contractor could have extended the professional courtesy of saying he was not interested in the project since he initially said he was interested in the project. He did not. He was very unprofessional.
Fimisa.IncFimisa.Inc
Jeff L.
I absolutely would NOT recommend this "contractor". He sent one guy to remodel a bathroom. he did NOT send a licensed plumber. my toilet and tub leaked into my crawl space for over a year before it was noticed. I had to pay several thousand dollars to have it repaired. this contractor cuts corners at every turn. worst experience I've ever had. stay far away from this guy.
Network RemodelingNetwork Remodeling
Colin G.
We had an amazing time working with Bundled Services. We had talked to a bunch of difficult contractors prior to finding them, so working with Shannon and her team was like a breath of fresh air. From the very beginning, Shannon was a clear communicator, professional, and helpful. She helped us to pick out the best tile for our bathroom remodel, kept us up to date on progress, and checked in regularly. Her team was great to work with and have around the house. They finished the job on time and on budget, even coming back on a Saturday after we added one last request. For anyone navigating home repairs and remodels, we would highly recommend Bundled Services!
Bundled Property SolutionsBundled Property Solutions
Joseph A.
Shower was not running hot water and toilet was leaking. Shower valves/pipes were replaced including repairing drywall and repainting. Toilet was replaced. All scheduled quickly and completed according to schedule. No delays! Also, received some suggestions on an entire bathroom remodel. But after understanding my situation, recommended doing the less expensive job even though less revenue to company. Finally, owner of the company actually does the work so received even better service and quality.
JT Remodeling Specialists LLCJT Remodeling Specialists LLC
Courtney B.
We hired Parker & Company to remodel a full bathroom in our home. The quality of the work is outstanding and we are so happy with the final result! Justin and his team were an absolute pleasure to work with. They were extremely knowledgeable, professional, efficient, trustworthy, and responsive. We would absolutely call them again for any future home renovations and highly recommend them. Truly can’t say enough good things we feel very lucky to have found them on Thumbtack
Parker & CompanyParker & Company
Andrea P.
Beware! Especially if you don't know anything about remodeling/construction-this guy will skip out on things in the contract and hide it before you even realize it! Also, what kind of contractor expects the customer to get rid of the garbage??? He left all of the garbage from the bathroom demolition in my backyard so my husband had to waste time and money renting a pickup and taking it to a disposal place. ZERO stars! To counter your very professional reply-if I did not give you deposit then why did you start work on my bathroom-oh yeah because I did give you the deposit! Stop lying! I feel bad for the many working class families you have duped and will continue to dupe.
Euro Pro RenovationEuro Pro Renovation
Julie H.
Perdomo Construction did an amazing job with our bathroom remodel. They completed the job in less time than expected, which was awesome! Julio, was very responsive to my texts and messages regarding product information. We worked together to find a similar item if something was out of stock. He had great ideas and understood exactly what I was going for. His workers were punctual, clean, and hard working. I will definitely hire them again for future projects! We are so happy with how everything turned out! :)
Perdomo constructionPerdomo construction
Daniel E.
Working with Jack was a wonderful experience! Our 100+ year old multifamily had an old bathroom with a unique layout and Jack’s creativity and skills turned it into a much more updated and functional space. We weren’t exactly sure what we wanted and were out of town for part of the remodel but Jack did a great job of offering suggestions and making it easy for us. He always had a positive attitude and went above and beyond with fixing other things too. We will definitely look to Jack for future projects and highly recommend him and his team!
The Jack of All Trades LLCThe Jack of All Trades LLC
Cailin P.
We hired Ram Renovation & Design to completely gut and remodel our bathroom. They were efficient and compliant with requirements from our condo building and had all necessary insurance. They promptly informed us of any changes in work plans and truly understood our vision for design. They even came back to address a small leak after our project was finished to resolve the issue! We were so happy with their work we even had them do back splashes in our kitchen and bar area. Great value for the work and easy to work with guys!
Ram Renovation & DesignRam Renovation & Design
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