How to Prepare for a Bathroom Remodel

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Embarking on a well-planned bathroom renovation can be a bit daunting. After all, the average bathroom renovation can take a month or longer to complete, depending on the complexity of the remodel. A long renovation job can become a juggling act for some families during the process. However, with some guidance and a solid approach, we’ll help you have a smooth transition from your old bathroom to your remodeled one.

Preparing for a Bathroom Remodel: Planning

Planning Your Remodel

Remodeling a bathroom can be a fun, exciting upgrade for any homeowner. Before meeting with us for your consultation, you may want to have some ideas in mind. In the planning stages, you’ll want to find inspiration by looking through style guides and browsing the internet. 

Establish your new concept of how you want your bathroom to feel, function, and look. Do you want to redo your bathroom layout completely? Or do you want to leave the layout as-is and renovate what is currently in place? 

Redoing your bathroom’s layout will allow you to capture new space or utilize existing space better, but will involve more time and budget for the remodel. Your project consultant will be able to give you advice on the pros and cons of relaying out your bathroom.

Establishing Your Budget

Every bathroom remodeling project is different, so while you may have tackled remodeling projects in the past, the one you are currently dreaming about will bring new challenges, including budget.

Establishing a budget is a very personal but critical part of any remodeling project. It is essential to research, be realistic, and always factor in a little extra for unexpected costs.


Bathroom remodeling projects may take about four weeks, but could take longer. It’s better to overestimate your timeline. It is also best to avoid scheduling remodels close to holidays or significant events. Working closely with your contractor and setting realistic expectations is a critical part of the process.

Unexpected Problems Affecting Time and Budget

Many factors can affect the remodeling process and estimated timetable. Challenges that can interrupt the progress include the availability of materials, plumbing issues, and scheduling conflicts. 

Making changes to the plan during the process can also interfere with the progress of a project. Additionally, it is wise to include extra money for unexpected problems because various unforeseen issues can affect the project budget.

Choosing Your Design Build Firm

Choosing a reliable design-build firm is essential to bathroom remodeling preparation.  A design-build firm will help you with all the initial design elements, such as floor plan, materials, and finishes to create a cohesive look, then have the project manager execute the design. 

Many homeowners decide to attempt a DIY remodel. The benefits of hiring someone outweigh the potential pitfalls homeowners can face when doing extensive bathroom upgrades. Bathroom remodeling preparation is an extensive process. A design-build firm has unique access to the highest quality materials, as well as a team that can handle complicated tasks such as plumbing and electrical work. Finally, most design-build firms will offer warranties on materials and workmanship.

Preparing for a Bathroom Remodel: The Renovation

In the days leading up to your bathroom remodel, you’ll want to make a plan so that you can continue your bathroom routine without interrupting construction. You’ll have team members coming and going regularly once the project gets started, so it’s best to prepare your bathroom ahead of time.

You’ll want to clear everything out of the bathroom before the workers arrive. This includes any wall hangings, rugs, and accessories you want to keep, such as towel racks. 

You’ll also want to make sure that workers can safely and easily carry construction materials through your house. This means protecting anything that’s hanging on a wall or that’s near the entryway. Consider removing any valuable artwork from the walls that surround the bathroom, so that vibrations don’t knock them off the wall. 

Preparing for a Bathroom Remodel: The Finished Product

Soon you’ll be able to enjoy your new space. In the meantime, be patient and trust the process. You may feel like things are not being accomplished every day. This is because some of the work requires plumbing and electrical work that’s not always visible as progress.  Trust that we’re completing the job to our high standards. Once your new space is complete, we’ll have a walk-through with you to make sure that we’ve met your needs.

All that’s left is to enjoy your new bathroom remodel. 

Volpe Enterprises

We hope you will consider Volpe Enterprises for your bathroom remodeling project. We are proud to be a locally owned and operated business that has been active in the greater Philadelphia area for over 50 years. Our team of professionals, including project managers, designers, and expert craftsmen, will work to ensure you have the bathroom of your dreams, tailored to fit your home with long-lasting, high-quality materials. Contact us today to discuss your bathroom remodel project.

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