If you're in the market for a bathroom renovation in Montreal, you're in luck – there are plenty of contractors and specialist contractors who can help you out with your bathroom renovation. But with so many options, how do you choose the right one for your needs?
Here are a few tips to help you get started:
1. Do your research
Before you start contacting contractors, it's a good idea to do some research on your own. This will help you get a sense of what's available, what kind of prices to expect, and what method of renovations might be best for your home.
If it's an original bathroom from the 1940's, or it has many issues or you're simply looking to move your toilet, it might be best to completely demolish and renovate. This would include new wiring and plumbing.
If your bathroom dates from the 2000's and you just want better quality finishes, it might be more of a simple facelift or remodel.
2. Ask around
Once you have a few ideas in mind, ask around for recommendations. Friends, family, and neighbours are a great source of information when it comes to finding quality contractors. Ask about how the process worked with the contractor, and if they're satisfied with the finished results.
Other important considerations are how long the contractor was booked in advance. The best bathroom contractors in Montreal are typically booked for months in advance. You'll also want to ask if the estimate provided was honored, or if there were hidden extra costs.
3. Interview candidates
Once you've shortlisted a few candidates, be sure to interview them all in depth before making a decision. This will give you a chance to ask questions about their experience, their process, and their rates. It's also important to get a sense of their personality – you'll be working with them closely for several weeks, so it's important that you're compatible.
For more info on what to ask a contractor before signing on with them, check out or post about What You Need To Know Before Hiring A Contractor.
4. Get quotes
Once you've made your decision, it's time to get quotes from the contractors. This will give you an idea of how much the renovation will cost. Keep in mind that the quotes should be considered estimates – final costs may vary depending on the scope of the project.
I dive deeper into what elements affect the cost of bathroom renovations in Montreal in this article: Bathroom Renovation Cost in Montreal.
5. Make a timeline
Once everything is finalized, create a timeline for the renovation project. This will help ensure that everything goes smoothly and on schedule.
It's important to have your fixtures and finishes picked out before getting the final price, as something like a 4 foot by 4 foot slab tile will cost more than installing subway tiles, and installing a wall-mounted Kohler toilet will cost more than installing a regular toilet that sits on the floor.
Many good contractors will have a system to give you a general idea of what steps need to be taken to renovate your bathroom and how long each step should take.
If you have any questions about bathroom renovations, drop them in the comments below or send me a message and I'd love to help out!
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