7 Tips To Make Sure Your Bathroom Remodel Goes Smoothly

May 14, 2018

7 Tips To Make Sure Your Bathroom Remodel Goes Smoothly

So, your bathroom is pink—Pepto-Bismol pink—and it’s been that way since you moved in. At first, you put up with it, but now you’re getting tired and ready for a change. 

There’s just one problem. A bathroom remodel is a huge undertaking. It’s not like any other room of the house. Though it may be the smallest room, it’s filled with many unique features that can transform a simple remodel into a disastrous nightmare. 

How do you ensure that your bathroom remodel goes smoothly and that you don’t miss any of the vital pieces?

 1. Make a Plan

Before you start throwing out old sinks and painting walls, make a plan for your entire bathroom remodel. What do you want the final product to look like and how are you going to get there? 

To make an effective bathroom remodel plan, there are a few questions you need to answer.

  1. What is your budget? A small budget might mean that you stick to only updating the paint and accessories, while a large budget could mean a new sink, tiling in the shower, and new flooring.
  2. What look are you going for? Do you want modern and clean or do you want an old-fashioned bathroom? The possibilities are endless.
  3. How much work are you willing to put in? If you want a quick bathroom remodel project, then you probably don’t want to tile the shower or replace the floor. However, if you’re hiring a professional or have a lot of time, then the only limit is your imagination.
  4. Who will use the bathroom? How much storage do you need? Does it need to be easy to clean or are aesthetics more important? How many people will be using the bathroom?
  5. Keep resale value in mind. Neutral colors are always a good choice. Or, you can go by the latest Zillow report and complete your bathroom in shades of light blue or pale blue/gray to increase your resale value by more than $5,440.

 2. Set a Schedule

Now that you know what you want, you need to create a schedule to get the bathroom remodel done in a reasonable amount of time. This will mean that you’ll need to make sure that your tile arrives before your tile installer, so you don’t have an unnecessary delay.

When setting a schedule, you also need to ensure that you have a reasonable idea of how much time it will take to complete each stage. For example, painting is probably a one-day project unless you’re planning to create an accent wall with tile, wood, or wallpaper. On the other hand, tiling a shower can take a week or longer.

3. Hire a Professional 

No matter how much of a seasoned DIY pro you are, when you remodel a bathroom the unexpected should be expected. There are just certain tasks that you shouldn’t tackle on your own.

For example, working with complex plumbing issues should be left to a licensed professional along with upgrading or changing electrical systems. Also, tiling can be incredibly difficult to perfect and may be best left to experts if you want to save yourself time and effort.

4. Take It One Step at a Time 

A bathroom remodel is a process and should be treated as such. That means taking it one step at a time. Don’t try to tile the shower, paint the walls, and replace the sink all at once. Instead, do one project at a time and make sure the order makes sense.

For example, if you’re changing out everything it would be smart to work on the shower first. Then, once that’s in, work on the floor. The sink and toilet will go on top of your new floor, so it will be easier to update the floor without those pieces. However, you definitely don’t want to do the walls until you’re sure that the rest of your projects aren’t going to scratch or dirty up your walls. 

5. Be Flexible

Things will go wrong. Make sure you’re flexible with not only your schedule, but also your budget. Be prepared to change elements at the last minute or to spend a little more money to get the right product or contractor for the job. It’s easy to get caught up in all the details, but the key to a successful bathroom remodel is understanding that nothing can be perfect, but you can deal with it. 

6. Choose the Right Fixtures 

In a bathroom remodel, it’s the small things that can make the biggest difference. Don’t skimp on the fixtures. Make sure you have enough money left in your budget to purchase quality lighting, faucets, and handles. These products will also have a huge impact on your final design and look, so be sure to choose items that match your style and the look you’re going for.

7. Go Big with Décor

No bathroom remodel is complete until it’s accessorized and decorated. This might be the smallest part of your remodel budget, but it’s also the easiest to use. Now is your chance to choose the right towels, shower curtains, floor mats, and other accessories to complete your look. VCNY Home has all the unique and stylish bathroom products you could need to put the exclamation mark on a great remodel.

If you’re looking for some great bathroom décor ideas, visit our Bathroom Design Tips blog.  We cover everything you need to know from paint to coordination, hardware updates, and organization.


You can have a successful and smooth bathroom remodel experience if you know what you’re doing. By following our seven tips, your final result should be more than you could ever dream.