Consider the scope of your bathroom remodel up front in order to accurately gauge the time and finances involved.
Will this be a partial or complete renovation? Are you looking to re-paint, install new cabinets, new lighting and/or new fixtures? These are simpler fixes, and can often be done by the homeowner himself. But when the task is going to involve demolition, plumbing and floor replacement, it’s likely that professional services will need to be involved. And keep this in mind: You will want to take into consideration the amount of time you’ll need to set aside for the process. If you are a “weekend warrior” when it comes to home repairs/improvements, will this leave your bathroom in a state of disrepair for an extended period of time? Can you and your family manage to live around that out-of-commission room for that long?
When utilizing a professional remodeler, choose wisely. Ask for references and contact previous customers to see how they felt about the contractor and the work he did. Determine how long the company has been in business. Compare rates. Take to time to compare material costs by visiting a few home improvement centers. Steer your contractor to the type–and the price range–of the materials you want adorning your bathroom. Don’t simply rely on him to make the decision for you.
If the job is an extensive remodel, perhaps there are some aspects of the renovation that you can complete yourself, in order to keep the budget within a manageable level. But be realistic about this–if you have even the slightest doubts about your ability to do it, leave it to the professionals! Don’t run the risk of creating a bigger problem and ultimately adding more money to the remodel!