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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.

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?

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.

How much does it cost to remodel a bathroom?

Nationally, the average cost of bathroom remodeling is $14,000. 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. Overall, bathroom remodeling may offer great return on investment and also improve your daily life. 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.

For more on how to remodel a bathroom, what it costs to remodel a bathroom, what bathroom brands to consider and more 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.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a general contractor during the COVID-19 pandemic?

To set up a consultation or appointment with a general contractor during the COVID-19 pandemic, start by performing an online search for local professionals near you.

Message the contractor, and see if they are willing to set up a video consultation call instead of an in-person site visit. With video chat, the contractor may be able to assess the scale of the project, give you better information on what needs to be done and perhaps provide an estimate. Be sure to discuss virtual payments, as well as general strategies for staying safe.

Can I use digital payments to pay for general contractor services?

Currently, many general contractors are using common digital payment services like PayPal, Venmo, Square Cash, Zelle, Google Pay and more. And more will likely adopt these and similar platforms as coronavirus continues to force companies to take on digital capabilities.

Contact general contractors beforehand to discuss whether they accept digital payments, and take all necessary measures to meet social distancing recommendations. You can also compare general contractors side-by-side online to see which ones accept digital payments.

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.

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.
Reviews for Summit bathroom remodelers
Pavithra S.
They did the master bath remodeling for us. Their work quality was excellent. Both Mike and Sam were very friendly and easy to work with. They were always punctual. Even though there were delays in the project, it was mainly due to a product not available on time. We will recommend them for any kind of remodeling, construction work. We were very happy with how our bathroom out.
S&K General ContractingS&K General Contracting
Brett S.
AVOID THIS CONTRACTOR AT ALL COSTS. UPDATE (RESPONSE TO GLOBAL HOUSING'S REPLY): It's a shame I have to come back and refute the LIES posted by this contractor in their response to my review...but here we are. FACT: James quoted the job as taking 20-25 work days numerous times. I have multiple text messages stating as much. We are now at calendar day 127 (work day 89), and the bathroom is not finished - nor are the other jobs James was hired to complete. FACT: The bathroom is partially functional and certainly not complete. James conveniently posted photos with towels covering the bits he doesn't want you to see. The photos also don't show the pocket door that doesn't stay open, the radiator that shows their work isn't level, the poor job done on the tiling (not level), grout (uneven), silicone (already coming off). The list goes on and on and on and on. FACT: Throughout the "process", we didn't only have days in a row where no work was done, at points full weeks would go by where nothing would be done. I had to follow-up constantly to ensure there was any progress. FACT: James and his business partner received in excess of 15 contact attempts which were not responded to before the voicemail left by my wife and referenced below. While I am sympathetic to his family emergency, my patience had understandably expired after more than four months had been spent on a project that should have taken six weeks at most (and eight weeks if I'm being generous). FACT: James was contracted to do an extension of our steam heating. As part of this work, his subcontractor cut into asbestos pipe insulation without taking the necessary precautions or telling us he had done so. We were only made aware four days later by another contractor who is going to clean up the mess Global Housing has made of our house. The asbestos insulation was then left in a trash bag in my garage, which I also wasn't aware of. FACT: The total contract value was $39,877. I have made every payment as soon as it has been requested, if not earlier. There is $4,393.80 unpaid on the contract, and the heating addition - valued at approximately $1,200 by James - hasn't started. As my wife pointed out many times, I shouldn't have been so trusting and paid James so much up front. If I hadn't, perhaps he would have treated us fairly and not put our remodel at the bottom of his list, constantly. I will have to absorb the following expenses to complete the UNFINISHED work at my house. 1. General Contractor to complete all outstanding work - $5,000 (this is a written quote) 2. Remediation of asbestos issue caused by Global Housing and it's affiliates - $3,200 3. New carpet for basement area impacted by asbestos - $800 4. Replace toys and other contents in basement impacted by asbestos - $2,000 5. Complete heating project that was in my contract and not performed by James - $3,800 6. Repair lawn damaged unnecessarily by contractor laying down supplies on it - $500 7. Buy new fireplace door because James didn't measure the opening correctly for the door he purchased on our behalf - $833.75 8. Miscellaneous other fixtures and fittings that we paid additional money for despite us paying Global Housing an "all inclusive" price for the bathroom - $2,000+ Maybe the other 46 reviewers have had a fantastic experience with James and his team. Lucky them. I would've loved to be writing a positive review about a great experience. You will ultimately make your own decision, but if you choose to go with Global Housing I hope you aren't also the odd one out like we have been and don't end up having to litigate. ORIGINAL REVIEW James is excellent at sales, but don't be fooled, he can't meet the promises he makes. As I write this, we are 87 business days (126 calendar days) into a bathroom remodel (and a few other little jobs) he told me would take "20-25 work days". The quality of the work done is poor to mediocre. Tiles aren't straight, grout is inconsistent, silicone is already coming up, doors don't work properly, closet doesn't open properly. Contractor will respond that we made changes through the process. This is correct. We probably changed three or four things throughout the job, and I would be happy to allow for an extra 10-15 work days (which is exceedingly generous of me) to account for those items. That doesn't explain the order 50+ work days, though. The contractor knows the job is not complete, but has now stopped answering phone calls and responding to text messages and emails. Legal action is commencing. Save yourself the stress and hire somebody else... anybody else.
Global Housing ContractorsGlobal Housing Contractors
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