You’re thinking about remodeling your bathroom. You’re over the moon about the upgrades you’ve been planning to make. And, you’re trying to plan a realistic budget. But before you simply assume you can DIY the entire project, take a step back.

It’s important to honestly consider what you can tackle on your own and what bathroom remodeling projects you should leave to the professionals. While there are definitely some items you can tackle at practically any skill level — like painting — others could be dangerous and costly to try and do on your own.

The following are some of the most common ones that homeowners try and DIY, but shouldn’t.

Structural Changes

You want to replace a toilet? That’s probably doable by yourself. Thinking about relocating your shower or moving a wall? Those kinds of structural updates can be major and require an understanding support beams, what your bathroom can actually handle and all the additional things to take into consideration — like re-wiring and moving plumbing.

Installing Tile

In the grand scheme of things, tile can be purchased relatively cheap. However, installing it yourself can be easier said than done. If you don’t get it laid and sealed properly, it can cause issues with leaks and drainage — leading to excess mold and mildew. It can even cause rot to take hold within the structure of your home.

Electrical Work

How do you feel about getting electrocuted? Probably not too good. The problem is, electrical work is tricky. And even in the best of situations, the nature of water and electricity makes it even trickier. This is one job that you’ll want to think twice and then again about tackling on your own.


Like electrical work, plumbing is easier said than done. And if something goes array and it causes a leak, it can end up costing you BIG.

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