There are house remodels that you can totally DIY, and there are remodels that you should never DIY. You can paint a room or replace fixtures, update old furniture and do similar jobs.
But when you’re remodeling a bathroom or a kitchen, certain jobs are better left to the professionals because it would be much more expensive to have the professional fix your mistakes, too.
Bathroom remodels require knowing the plumbing, electrical work, and even tile work. How sure you are you can tile a bathroom so that the tiles are even?
Remodeling a bathroom is not all about money either. It’s about time – and bathroom works require quite a lot of time, you could spend on something much more useful.
So, here’s a list of all the bathroom remodel jobs you should leave to the professionals.
Flooring and tiling
Most bathrooms have tile flooring, and while installing most flooring is not a problem, installing tile can be tricky.
First, you will need to deal with the removal of the existing flooring, and if that flooring was tile – you’re in for a treat. Usually, even if you decide to hire a professional to install the flooring for you, you can save some money by doing the removal yourself.
Tiling may seem like a fairly easy job, however, don’t be mistaken – it’s not. Plus, you’ll need some tools such as a tile saw, glue mixer, something to apply glue with, and so on. Chances are you don’t have any of those tools, so you’ll need to invest some money in it.
Professional tilers already have all the tools necessary to install your flooring, and they also have the experience you lack, so it’s a no-brainer really. By hiring professionals you’ll be saving both money and time.
And not just tiling floors either, tiling walls is a process that requires time and precision. Tiling is one of those jobs that you can do yourself but if you want a flawless bathroom hiring a professional tiler is a much more reasonable option.
Plumbing is complex work that requires a professional. If your bathroom is not going to change the layout, meaning you won’t be moving the toilet, sink, replace the bathtub with a shower, and similar things, then you don’t need a plumber.
However, if you’re doing a total gut job and completely reconfiguring the bathroom layout, we suggest you hire a professional. Because how much do you really know about pipes and mechanical systems in your bathroom?
Maybe you’re doing some hot water repair or installation – you can’t do this without hiring a professional. Doing any structural changes to the bathroom is best left to professionals.
Just like plumbing, electrical work is for electricians. Working with electricity is not only complicated but it can be very dangerous, especially if you’re doing it in the bathroom near water.
So, if you’re running new electricals in your bathroom adding new outlets, installing a new exhaust fan, and doing other similar jobs, it’s safest to hire a professional. A professional electrician knows exactly which outlet can be installed in the bathroom, knows how to secure everything, and make it safe to use.
For heated floor installations calling an electrician is a must. There’s a lot of electrical work, connections, and setup to be done, that the safest option is professional help.
So, don’t play around with something as serious as electricity and hire a professional.
Framing and wall surfaces
If you’re a seasoned DIYer, you’ve probably done the framing once or twice in your life. But have you ever boxed in a tub or a shower? Do you know which pipes you can box in? Maybe these types of farming jobs are better left to those who know what they are doing.
Similarly, drywalling in the bathroom isn’t like in the rest of the house. It requires installing moisture-resistant boards, it requires waterproofing shower walls and then mudding and sanding. This all may seem familiar if you’ve done drywalling elsewhere in the house, but if you really want flawless bathroom walls – simply call professionals.
Tub and shower installation
How much of a professional do you think you are? I mean ok, you can replace a showerhead or a faucet on the bathtub, but to completely install a new shower from the scratch takes some higher level of expertise.
If you are, in fact, in the process of installing a completely new shower with a pan and tile and everything, the easiest and most logical solution would be to hire a professional. The installation of a new bath is best done by professionals, especially if there is structural support and additional shelving to think about.
Also, tub refinishing is yet another thing that you should let the professionals handle. You could probably do a decent job, but professionals can do a better prep job and make a tub look like new again.
Cabinets and countertops
Think about it this way, how much time will you spend installing cabinets by yourself? And how much time will it take two or three professionals? Yes, you can save some money installing the cabinet by yourself, but you won’t really save much time.
The best solution would be buying a vanity unit that can be delivered to your front door and then you won’t have to spend much time.
But if you really want to make a custom cabinet with a countertop and everything, then all the work will be on you. Taking measures, buying everything you need, and then building and finally installing – if you already have the experience this won’t be a big deal for you.
On the other hand, if you lack the experience, the easiest solution would be hiring professionals to make you a custom cabinet and install it.
Sink, faucet, and toilet installation
If no huge moves and layout changes have been done in the bathroom, replacing the old sink, faucet and toilet is not a huge problem and you can do it on your own.
For these kinds of replacements, all you need to do is make sure that water is turned off and there’s nothing leaking. For toilet replacements, make sure you’ve sealed the plumbings.
However, if the pipelines require moving then this is where you should seek the help of a plumber. And while the plumber is there just let him install the sink, faucet, and toilet. That easy.
Hopefully, you haven’t started a complete bathroom remodel only to figure out that certain jobs you simply can’t do. Be honest with yourself and your DIY abilities. Sometimes, by trying to save money you’re only creating more problems.
Don’t be afraid to call for help, hiring professionals can not only save you money but time as well.