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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.

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 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.

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.

Who remodels bathrooms?

The professional best equipped to handle bathroom remodeling is a general contractor. A general contractor is typically licensed by the state or region in which they work to carry out home remodeling projects. To receive licensing, they must generally demonstrate their knowledge of construction and building and safety codes. General contractors act as the organizer for the entire bathroom remodeling project, ensuring that each element (new tile, shower pan replacement, lighting installation, etc.) is completed at the appropriate time by the proper contractor. Before hiring a general contractor, it’s wise to do your research. In addition to getting several competitive bids, here are questions to ask:

  • May I see before-and-after photos of some of your recent bathroom remodels?
  • Will I need permits for this project? Do you apply for those?
  • May I see proof of insurance and licenses?  
  • Can we have a written contract outlining scope of work, budget and timeline?
  • Will you be here each day overseeing the work?

For more on who remodels bathrooms and how long it takes check out The Complete Thumbtack Bathroom Remodel Guide.

Reviews for Des Moines bathroom remodelers
Rosalind B.
I’m thrilled with the results of my bathroom remodel!
HillCrest Renovation LLCHillCrest Renovation LLC
Edward & his team did an excellent job on my bathroom remodel as well as some other miscellaneous projects we had them complete. He and his team were very flexible with the scope and communicated costs very well along the way so there were no surprises at the end. I've included a before and after photo of the bathroom remodel they did. They moved the vanity to the other side of the wall, redid the floors, walls & ceilings, and also added a beautiful tiled shower with two separately controlled shower heads. For a single bathroom home with a small bathroom this remodel was worth every penny!
Builder Land LLCBuilder Land LLC
Matthew D.
Viorel managed my bathroom remodel very well and maintained clear communication throughout the project to ensure it was completed as envisioned.
Ehesan T.
Josè is a responsible worker. Him and his team are respectful and good people. Good workers. Always answer when I need help with a question. They remodeled my bathroom and now they are remodeling my living room.
A+ QualityA+ Quality
Charrise O.
We are delighted with our new bathroom. Viorel and the crew worked quickly and efficiently and provided all the details and trim for a beautiful remodel. Thanks very much.
Emma S.
We are absolutely thrilled and impressed with the work that Vasy’s Team did. They did a complete bathroom remodel on our extremely outdated bathroom. They did all their work in under a week, and were able to start much sooner than expected! They did such beautiful tile work on the shower walls, our shower floor and bathroom floor. We were so impressed with their professionalism and their kindness. I could 10/10 their company to anyone who need a remodel. If I need more work done I will definitely be hiring them again.
Vasy's Team ConstructionVasy's Team Construction
Louise P.
I hired Melcham to remodel my 1950s pastel pink bathroom and they did an amazing job. It turned out exactly how I wanted to look. Cham and his team were punctual, respectful of my home and so quick! If it weren’t for tile delivery delays (at no fault to them), the bathroom could have probably been complete in less than 2 weeks. I would def use them for another remodel.
Melcham HomesMelcham Homes
Kortni B.
We hired VA Construction to help with a portion of our bathroom remodel and they did an amazing job. They were able to schedule an appointment super quickly and completed the job super fast. The work is perfect. We would 100% use again.
Vasy's Team ConstructionVasy's Team Construction
Heedy L.
Liroy and his team were great with remodeling my 2 bathrooms. From start to finish Liroy was there every step of the way. This company has an easy to understand contract and is very straight forward with pricing. Do not hesitate to contact Liroy for an estimate.
Equinox Builders LLCEquinox Builders LLC
Kyle O.
I hired Fabio for a bathroom remodel and he exceeded every expectation I had. Not only did he do excellent work he was also the most professional and clean contractor I have ever worked with. He arrived everyday at the time he specified and cleaned up thoroughly at the end of each day. The remodel was a complete tear out of the old bathroom and Fabio helped provide feedback regarding the layout of the new bathroom. I had five different contractors provide a bid for the job and Fabio was the most willing to work with me to provide input regarding the layout and his cost was very competitive. The scope of the project included complete demolition of the old bathroom, installation of new sheet rock, flooring, building a new wall, moving the doorway, relocating the toilet, building a custom closet, and moving electrical. Fabio is very meticulous and pays attention to every detail. My new bathroom looks great and I will definitely hire Fabio again.
Great Choice LLCGreat Choice LLC
Seth T.
Cedo did an incredible job remodeling my bathroom tub alcove. He was very responsive and worked with me every step of the way to provide guidance to get a fantastic end result. I have never looked to do this kind of project before and I was very glad to get quick responses, and expert knowledge of what was good and bad about the existing bathroom. My new bathroom feels like a hotel! I am very impressed by the quality of work. I fully recommend and would hire again!
Pro Quality CT Construction, LLCPro Quality CT Construction, LLC
Elizabeth T.
Brandin was very responsive to our inquiry about a small full bathroom remodel. His quote was very reasonable and he was willing to work with us on our tight timeline. He did most of the work himself and put in long days to get it done in time. The bathroom looks great! He was awesome about communicating where he was at and helped us audible when our vanity didn't come with a faucet or drain. I would definitely use him for future jobs!
Repp Industries LLCRepp Industries LLC
Sarah s.
These guys are the best!! They remodeled 2 bathrooms for us that were a bit tricky with 100 year old house but they did a great job! I appreciate how hard they work, keep area tidy and get the job done quickly. I highly recommend them and would hire them again without hesitation.
Heather B.
Fabio is amazing to work with we had him do one project remodeling our bathroom and building a laundry room. Then had him lay flooring throughout,update our fireplace and do our stairs. No surprise with Fabio extremely detailed just a wonderful person. We are using him for more projects soon!
Great Choice LLCGreat Choice LLC
Patricia S.
I had a great experience working with Vlad from Design Kitchen and Bath. He did a terrific job on my remodel - my bathroom looks so much more modern and I have a lot more space. He was great at communicating every step of the process. He made suggestions that improved the final product and was able to pick up all the materials at Home Depot (I don't have a car), which was a HUGE help. I would definitely use Design Kitchen and Bath for future remodel projects!
Design kitchen and bathDesign kitchen and bath
Justen S.
Stefan was a consummate professional when interacting with him. He immediately built confidence and trust with me in his assessment and recommendations for our bathroom remodel project. His walk through was deliberate and you could see him visualizing the end product. His communication was excellent and proactive in guiding me along the process as a customer. I’m sorry to say that we did not choose Interiors by Jayme. We went with a local and reputable handyman who met some of our other needs as I have a list of random and small tasks needing completion around the house as well. If the scope of my work was just to our bathroom remodel I would have chosen Stefan and his team without question. I will definitely be soliciting their assistance in the future for some other projects we have lined up.
Interiors by JaymeInteriors by Jayme
James T.
Eglen is fantastic! From the beginning when we first discussed the project he was responsive, professional, and personable. Throughout the project, he was communicative and punctual as well as sharing ideas to improve our bathroom. We really appreciated how he didn't skip steps or cut corners. He did everything the "right" way which gives us security going forward. The end result is a gorgeous bathroom remodel that my wife and I absolutely love! We've already begun talks with Eglen on our next projects in the house. I could not recommend Eglen and his work enough!
Nicole E.
Hardhouse remodeled two of our bathrooms and WOW we are so over the moon! Chad came and discussed what we wanted, made great suggestions, and offered expertise about what would/would not be possible given our bathroom configuration. They sent over a quote that was very reasonable, especially given other quotes we had been given already (they were about middle of the pack price-wise). We chose them over the cheaper options because of the owner, Michael, who is fantastic and we felt incredibly comfortable with, and also Chad whose knowledge and workmanship are clearly exceptional. They were very patient with all the questions we had and made scheduling very easy given the delays in supplies we experienced. We had to stage the bathrooms with our floor remodel and interior painting and they were excellent at accommodating other professionals. Any issues that arose were immediately noted by Chad and communicated to us. All design questions were collaborative and options were provided when design requests were not exactly possible. We had extra work requests that arose and were immediately accommodated. The end result was exactly what we hoped for, and more. Chad is one of the few people I would feel totally comfortable working on ANY aspect of our house without my input. I know he'll always do an exceptional job and his knowledge and work ethic is top notch. And the owner, Michael, is very personable and his knowledge is exceptional. We felt comfortable with all aspects of the job and both their information and follow-through. We went from uber 70s bathrooms (literally, the worst) to the most beautiful, spa-worthy bathrooms. THANK YOU!! We can't wait to do our 3rd bathroom (and more) with Hardhouse Interiors.
Hardhouse InteriorsHardhouse Interiors
Ana P.
Larry did great work on renovating our main bathroom and installing new tiles. We bounced ideas on how should new design look like and where the custom soap niche should be installed. He did f... amazing job! Once he took off old tiles we found a water damage in the walls. He didn’t mind taking that job as well, which we were very happy about since we were expecting the baby very soon. He replaced the surrounding dry walls as well as damaged studs. In addition he installed new shower and ceiling fans in both bathrooms. While I was at the hospital giving birth to my child, Larry continued to work in our house and took good care of it. We will definitely hire Larry again for our guest bathroom remodel.
Pablo M.
Doru just finished a complete guest bathroom remodel for us. He and his team were a pleasure to work with. They are such a hardworking team and very detail oriented. Sometimes projects like this can drag on forever and my experience with other contractors was that they have multiple projects going on simultaneously and just spend a few hours a day working on mine. Doru appeared to be fully dedicated to it and would spent the whole day in our house working. I was also impressed by how tidy they were. Demos can make a mess and we hardly noticed anything. Doru is also very responsive. He always replied to my messages really fast. Finally, and most importantly, the finished product looked really sharp. What a transformation! I highly recommend his work and will use him again soon for our master bath remodel.
Eagle Remodel & ConstructionEagle Remodel & Construction
Amogh G.
Mehrdad and Cyrus were most amazing pros I have come across in last so many years. Last time I hired somebody from Thumbtack my experience was really bad and I almost decided no to open this app again. I found Mehrdad for a bathroom remodel project - he was so quick to respond, to make a visit at our place and gave us the estimates. Within a week's time he started to work at our place; I really appreciate all his genuineness and honesty. He stuck to the budget he committed to; in the end when the remodel came to life, it looked like an awesome different place, we don't want to leave even for a bit. I know with this dedication and honesty, sky is the limit for this wonder team. All my best wished, and I already know that we will be working together again. Thanks again for all your help.
Redmond Remodeling LLCRedmond Remodeling LLC
Jon S.
1st Proservice is a great value proposition for whatever you need done. I hired them to remodel my bathrooms and repair some water damage, and the result looks very close to my inspiration pictures and feels physically very solid. The tiling work in particular looks and feels strong and clean. I wouldn't call it a "luxury build" but 1st Proservice doesn't charge luxury prices: for the price I am more than satisfied. Not all of the finishing touches were perfect the first time, but the team is very responsive and dedicated to making it right. Very trustworthy hire, would do business again.
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