We’ve all heard the horror stores of remodeling projects gone bad. There is no reason to let that happen to your bathroom remodeling project. We can all learn from others mistakes.
Expect the Unexpected
Never forget that remodeling is not new construction. You never really know what is under the floor or behind the walls until you remove them. Sometimes you are surprised by what you find. Expected the unexpected, as you will find it.
I’m not talking about the beer cans with the freshness date of 1941 (true story), but rather wood damage caused by small amount of water over long periods of time, sub-standard wiring, illegal wiring (free air spaces behind the wall), you name it.
As a general rule, add 10% to your final estimate to accommodate the unexpected.
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Scope Creep Happens
Your remodel is progressing, things are happening, and you suddenly realize a light IN the shower will make it easier to shave your legs. That is called scope creep. It ALWAYS happens.
Accept it, but be careful. I’ve seen people almost double the cost of their remodel then kick themselves for doing so. On the one hand you will be enjoying your new bathroom for years to come. On the other hand, hardly any of us have an endless supply of money with which to continuously add to our project.
Here is what I recommend… Create a budget for scope creep (another 10%) and every time you decide you want something else, put it on your list and assign it a dollar amount. Then weigh how much it eats into the scope creep budget against how badly you want it. If it’s cheap (and a light over the shower is), just do it. If it’s expensive, then you have to think that if you really want it so badly, how come you didn’t think of it in the first place.
In summary…. if it’s cheap, do it. If it’s expensive, you would have thought of it before if you really need it.
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