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Bathroom Remodeling Contractors

Jeffrey Anderson | Improvement Center Columnist | December 14, 2011

Remodeling a bathroom can benefit the entire family and increase your home's value. The key to being happy with the outcome often comes down to the contractor you choose for the job.

Hiring a bathroom contractor can be different than finding a contractor to build a shed or deck in your backyard: a bathroom contractor usually works inside your home on a daily basis until the job is complete, and may even oversee other contractors who enter your home.

How to hire bathroom remodeling contractors

Finding a contractor who does high quality work is important, but finding a company that you can trust around your home and family should be your top priority. Among the best resources for finding good contractors are friends and family who have had recent home improvement projects done. You may also have success with a specialty website, such as this one.

If a bathroom contractor did a good job for past clients, he or she may be well-suited to work on your project. A few more quick tips for developing a positive relationship with your bathroom contractor:

  1. Communication: Set up a time to tour the project with your contractor each week it's underway and address any questions or concerns you may have.
  2. Budget: Once you have a firm price for your remodel, understand that any changes you make could increase costs. Ask your contractor to inform you of any add-ons or rate hikes before they take place.
  3. Contract: Insist on a written contract that spells out the scope of work, payment details, and who's responsible for any permits or inspections needed for the job. Most bathroom remodels are going to need at least a building permit, and in many cases a plumbing or electrical permit may be required.

A bathroom remodeling project can be a great experience, if you hire the right contractor. High quality workmanship is important, but reputation and character should receive equal attention. If you're looking for a qualified bathroom contractor in your locale, please fill out the form on this page.