Planning for a remodel is always fun. Living through a remodel is substantially less so — no matter how many people you’ve hired. Luckily, even a DIY bathroom remodel can be less of a headache if you make efficient choices.

The following tips can help you streamline the remodeling process as much as possible, so your project can be finished as fast as possible and within budget.

Set a Budget

Budgeting’s never very fun, but it’s incredibly necessary. Before you being any project, it’s important to set a clear budget. Take a close look at your finances and determine how much you can honestly afford. The worst mistake you can make is starting a remodel and discovering you don’t have the funds to finish once you’re already mid-way through.

Include Some ‘Hiccup’ Money in Your Budget

No matter how smoothly your remodel goes, there will undoubtedly be a hiccup — which will generally cost you time, money or both. Make sure you’ve given yourself some cushion to absorb this cost.

Determine Your Goals

Take a look at your current bathroom and determine what specifically you want to accomplish with your update. What’s most important to you. These are your goals.

Determine if You’re Going to DIY it or Hire a Contractor

The DIY route can save you money. However, it can be a money pit if you don’t know what you’re doing. Take a look at your goals and ask yourself honestly if you have the skills and expertise needed to complete the job.

Create a Plane

Establish a clear plan for what will be updated and how. If you’re working with a contractor, they will help you also create a realistic timeline, which will help you know how long you’ll be without your bathroom.

Stick to Your Plan

One of the most costly mistakes you can make during a remodel is changing things mid-stream. Not only do you have time pay for all the work that’s already been done, it often requires undoing some of the work, purchasing new equipment and supplies, and a delay in your timeline.

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