This post is one in a series on remodeling small bathrooms. To access the lead post, please select the link in the prior sentence.
This post is also part of a short sub-series about the phrases of remodeling projects.
What I define as the final phase of your bathroom remodel is all the final tasks for which no building department inspections are required; wall finishing (paint or wallpaper), various bathroom fixtures such as towel bars and rings, light fixtures, and of course the final cleanup.
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Why do I lump these somewhat unrelated tasks into one phase? Because individually none of them are large enough to be a “phase” per se. All of the work described above can be done in two days tops. Sometimes in one.
What is most important, and I’ve said this time and time again, is what you define as “phases” of your remodel define when progress payments are made.
By this point in the process, every inspection you need to pass has been passed, and there is only one final payment left to be made (did I neglect to mention it should be about 25% of total?).
Your bathroom has now been torn up for between two weeks and a month, and you and your contractor are eager to finish and move on. You to the use of your new bathroom. Your contractor to their next job.
However anxious you are to be finished, now is the time to slow down and make sure the final touches are done right. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen a pristine bathroom with loose towel bars or a light fixture that hangs a bit skewed. This is a sign of the contractor rushing to finish and the home owner not checking closely enough.
Take your time, be throughout, identify any final punch list items that need attending to, and once they’re completed, then and only then sign off and hand over that final check. You and your contractor will appreciate things being done right the first time.
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