You’ve decided it’s time to remodel your bathroom!
You may already have a vision for your new loo.
But if you don’t, that’s just fine, because we are here to help you create the bathroom of your dreams.
Using resources like Pinterest, Google, social media platforms, and your local home improvement store may be a wonderful place to start gathering ideas.
Write these down, and make a list of what you would like to see in your new bathroom.
Later, you will be able to discuss this with your remodeling contractor and select final details.
Starting any construction project can be a stressful, and you want to make sure you make a great decision when selecting the right contractor for your project.
That’s why we created this simple guide to assist you in that decision.
In this article you will discover the necessary steps that need to be taken to ensure you are getting the best bathroom remodeling contractor for your project.
Step #1 – Research bathroom remodeling contractors in Tulsa
Choosing to remodel any area of your home can certainly seem daunting at first, so lets make it simple for ourselves by starting with a list.
Take some time to research contractors in your area, and then write them all down.
This can be as simple as a Google search or viewing profiles on social media.
Another great option is to ask family or friends about the contractors they have used in the past.
Ask about their experiences to see if their bathroom remodeling contractor could also be a good fit for you.
You can also check the Tulsa Home Builders Association.
Their directory can give great insight into local Tulsa companies that may not have as much exposure on Google.
Step #2 – Read reviews and view portfolios of each renovation contractor
Okay, great! You have a general list of remodeling contractors in Tulsa.
To start narrowing the list, read reviews for each contractor.
It is worth mentioning that many sites will have reviews listed directly on their website…
Oftentimes, they will only display 5 star reviews, so we recommend looking for more accurate reviews on Google and Yelp.
If you would like to read more or dig into a company’s reputation, you may be able to find more information by searching for the company on the Tulsa Better Business Bureau.
Here are some things to look out for in reviews:
- Check for images, how do the before and after pictures look?
- Did they fulfill all of their promises?
- Did they stick to the timeline?
- Did they stay within the budget?
- How was their customer service and communication?
Once you have read some reviews, you should have a few companies you can cross off your list.
Next, check on their websites and social media accounts to view their portfolios.
If you find a few contractors that have done some projects in the past that may fit with your style…
That’s great, keep them on the list!
You’ll want to make sure the contractor provides the specific services you expect you will need completed for your project.
- Will they be doing the demolition?
- Do they offer installation of the tile & grout, vanity, sink, counter tops, cabinets, mirror, tub, shower, toilet, lighting, etc.?
- If desired, can they refurbish your existing cabinetry or vanity?
- Do they paint walls or apply wallpaper?
- Can they refigure the electrical or plumbing?
After scoping out various bathroom renovation contractors, you should have a short list of possible prospects.
Step #3 – Contact contractors to discuss your project idea
By this point your list should be small and easy enough to call each contractor directly.
Schedule an appointment in person or over the phone with the contractor to discuss your project.
Be upfront about your project budget, so you and the contractor can accurately begin to make plans.
They will likely want to know the specifics of your project, so make sure you have that list handy.
It’s a good idea to have the general measurements of your bathroom…
As well as the desired measurements of your shower, vanity, counter and any other feature you intend on changing.
They will collect their own precise measurements in person before starting a project, but some contractors may ask you over the phone to get an initial understanding of your project.
Here are a few questions you should ask any bathroom remodeling contractor as you prepare to make the final decision:
- How long has the company been in business?
- How many years of experience do you have in bathroom remodeling?
- Do you offer free estimates for bathroom remodeling?
- Will I be receiving a firm quote or a budget estimate?
- What’s your process for handling change orders?
- Does my project fit within the type of work that you do well?
- Will you be working with me personally, or will you assign a project manager?
- Are you licensed and insured? (double check this)
- Can you give me some references or referrals?
- Can you show me photos of some of your most recent projects?
For a detailed list of even more questions, check out this article on HomeAdvisor.
If they are able to provide you with a few references, reach out to these reference to see how their project went with this contractor.
Some questions you might want to discuss with references would be:
- How did they do with the timeline?
- Did the contractor go over budget?
- Are you satisfied overall with the quality of your project?
- Were there any issues with employees working in your home?
- Would you recommend this contractor to one of your family members and why?
This is just an extra step you can take to learn more about what you can expect should you choose to hire the contractor.
Step #4 – Get a quote (or estimate) for your bathroom project from contractors
Now, your list should be down to two or three contractors that you feel have the skills, experience and integrity to do the job well.
Ask each one for a written quote for your bathroom renovation project.
Do not rely on verbal promises and discussions.
A quote provides you, the homeowner, with vital information about the project such as:
- Scope of work
- Materials to be used
- Cost & Timeline
- Work schedule
- Warranties, etc.
If any part of their quote is unclear don’t hesitate to ask more questions for clarity.
Likewise, if any part of the project is not identified in the quote, now is the time to make sure it gets added to the scope of work.
Remember you are the one hiring. So if you don’t fully understand what to expect, get clarfication.
Great communication is vital to success of any project.
Step #5 – Choose your bathroom remodeling contractor
Now it’s time to hire your Tulsa bathroom remodeling contractor!
If all project bids are within a similar price range, select the contractor you feel will do the best job for you.
Potential red flags would be significant over pricing or under pricing.
You don’t want a situation where you’ve hired a contractor who comes in with a cheap bid only to watch them cut corners in either materials or labor.
Experience and ability should be high contributors in your final decision.
Be sure to compare your bathroom remodel project to those the contractors have done in the past.
Now, go ahead and make your final choice!
The contractor will draw up the final agreement for your project.
Make sure you read over it carefully, and again ask any questions or make adjustments at that time before signing.
After that, you can keep the lines of communication open and prepare for your new bathroom project to get started.
Following these steps will help you choose the best Tulsa bathroom remodeling contractor for you and can help you have the best result in the long run.
Best of luck to you!
Need Help With Bathroom Remodeling?
Bathroom remodeling is not easy, especially if you’ve never done it before. If you need help, contact a trusted local Tulsa remodeling contractor. In addition to bathroom remodeling, we offer a complete range of construction services for indoor and outdoor projects.
918 Construction is licensed and insured for your protection. Call us at (918) 943-3063.