Pro Tips for a Smooth Bathroom Remodel

Judie Docs, Executive Officer – CSP, MCSP, CGP, CMP, MIRM
North Coast Building Industry Association (NCBIA)

Bathrooms can be the smallest rooms in your home, but surprisingly, there are many
decisions you’ll have to make when planning for a remodel. From costs to logistics, there
are countless choices you will need to consider. But with careful planning and a skilled
contractor by your side, navigating the transformative journey of a bathroom remodel
can be smooth and rewarding. This guide empowers you to approach your project with
confidence and clarity.
Determine Your Bathroom Needs and Wants
The first step is to list what you need and everything you want. Creating a list may seem
like an obvious step, but this will help you stay focused on the scope of your project. This
part of the process also involves research, not only by searching the internet for
inspiration but also by visiting showrooms and home supply stores to learn about
materials, finishes, and appliance costs.
Find a Professional Remodeler
Finding a professional remodeler can be a daunting task. It is a big leap of faith to trust
someone with the entirety of your project. The National Association of Home Builders
(NAHB) has a directory of professional remodelers in your area dedicated to the highest
professional and ethical standards in the home building industry. If your goal is a well-
executed bathroom project, your best bet is to invest in an expert to enjoy the tangible
benefits of high-quality craftsmanship for many years.
Determine Your Schedule
When construction or renovation is happening at your home, inconveniences may arise.
Before contacting your contractor, get a general idea of when you want to schedule your
project. It is imperative to consider everything that may or could be affected, including
work from home schedules, kids, and pets. A professional in the industry can guide in
minimizing significant disruptions. In addition, a contractor can erect temporary walls,
which will help decrease the dust in your home. If the bathroom you are remodeling is
the only bathroom in the house, you may need to make temporary, alternative living
A home renovation project can be rewarding with the right planning and partnership
with a qualified professional. To learn more about remodeling projects or to find a
qualified remodeler contact the NCBIA.

The North Coast Building Industry Association is your local not-for-profit trade
association representing member companies involved in all aspects of home building,
remodeling, and other aspects of services available to help you in the future as well as
more information on the above topic. So, you can see it is for your protection that you
use a NCBIA member. If you are unsure that your contractor is a member of the NCBIA
or you are looking for a list of NCBIA members, you can visit our website at or call 440-934-1090. We also have a job posting board (under the
Industry tab).
Just Updated! Our 24/7 Virtual Parade of Homes!!! Allows you to look at some of our
builders’ new homes and communities, along with remodelers’ projects, on your mobile
device or computer at your leisure. We know time is our greatest asset and via our
NCBIA Virtual Parade of Homes, we save you time looking for a new home or a
community that fits your lifestyle.
Our FREE Home and Remodeling Show, is this weekend (Saturday, February 24 th from
9-5 and Sunday, January 25 th from10-3)– Emerald Event Center, 33040 Just Imagine
Drive, Avon. Make sure you bring the kids, and they can build something in the 84
Lumber Kids Corner!
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