6 Remodeling Myths, Busted!

The current remodeling culture is one of instant gratification and constant comparison, thanks in part to social media and home improvement shows that paint a picture of perfection. They've also created pervasive myths about the industry, the costs, and how, when, and why to start a remodeling project.

Let’s take a look at six of the top remodeling myths.

Remodeling Myth #1: Remodeling takes a long time.

Well, yes, depending on how you go about the remodel, it could take several weeks, or longer. The reason a remodel typically takes this long is because the homeowner is responsible for hiring and managing every contractor who will work in their home. That could include:

  • Plumber
  • Electrician
  • Painter
  • Interior designer
  • Demolition crew
  • Tile installers
  • Product installation crew

Once all the contractors are chosen, you’ll need to shop for and order products. Next, you’ll need to schedule each of these contractors, and will likely have to wait until the demo crew, plumber, electrician, and installers have a break in their schedules. They might be booked for the next three weeks, causing lots of lost days with no work getting done. If products are on backorder or otherwise delayed you could be waiting even longer.

That’s why our installers are Re-Bath employees. We handle your entire remodel, from design to done, so all you need to do is pick out the products you want in your new bathroom. And because bathrooms are all we do, we’ve got it down to a science. That means no lost days waiting for schedules to open. It’s how we can remodel your bathroom in just days, not weeks!

Remodeling Myth #2: You should know what you want before you hire a remodeling company.

It stands to reason, the more you plan in advance, the less work there’ll be for the remodeling company to do, which might save you money. But the truth is, most professional remodelers love the design process and are more than willing to help put the vision in your head down on paper, planning each step from the layout to the wall color. At Re-Bath, our Design Consultants bring the showroom right to your family room, and will help you create the bathroom of your dreams, based on your personal budget and design preferences. Schedule your free, in-home design consultation now – there’s never any obligation!

Remodeling Myth #3: You can save a lot of money doing some of the work yourself.

If you are a DIY expert, you can probably handle the demolition of your old bathroom, and even install new drywall and products like the vanity, tile and shower walls. Keep in mind, though, if you have a “day job,” your home remodeling project will have to wait until evening hours when you have some time to spend on the project. Without consecutive, full days to work on it, your timing doubles. That’s assuming nothing else in the house needs fixing. And unless you are one, you’ll still need to hire licensed plumbers and electricians to do the plumbing and electrical work. Many times, homeowners start a project, purchasing not only the products they want but the tools they think they’ll need to complete the job, then realize they don’t have the time or the necessary skills and end up hiring a contractor to finish the job, paying more than they would have originally.

Remodeling Myth #4: ROI is the most important consideration for a remodeling project.

The return on your investment (ROI) is the difference between the total cost of the remodel and how much more you can make from the sale of your home post-remodel. If you’re planning a move in the next couple of years, it’s worth thinking about, but keep in mind there is more to the equation than simple math. Quality of life is equally, if not more, important. How many years do you plan to live in your current home? Even one year is 365 days with a bathroom that looks good, works efficiently and gives you some enjoyment. When you sell your home, there are many factors that go into how much profit you’ll net: the list price, what the market will bear, how much you owe, how much negotiating goes on between you and a potential buyer, what the inspection reveals, what percentage of the profit goes to a Realtor, and on and on. Unless you’re remodeling a bathroom in a “flip” house, it’s best to consider the value you’ll get out of the remodel rather than the potential profit you could make when you sell your home.

Remodeling Myth #5: You’ll need to move out until it’s finished.

If your home only has one bathroom, you may need to move in with a family member or into a hotel temporarily. If not, you can stay in your home throughout the process. At minimum, you’ll be sharing a bathroom with the kids. If you hire a reputable company that can manage the project for you, you’ll only be without your bathroom for a few weeks. At Re-Bath, we pride ourselves on our employee installers who work quickly and quietly and will leave your home just as they found it, cleaning up as they go. We minimize the disruption to your regular life and leave you with a beautiful, new bathroom in just days, not weeks!

Remodeling Myth #6: Remodeling companies are all the same.

Many homeowners believe these companies all share the same contractors, so it doesn’t matter which company you go with, making the lowest bid the winner. But if you hire a company that uses only their own employees, this isn’t the case. Re-Bath installers are all employees. So, they aren’t juggling other projects on the side, and they are paid a salary, not per project. Sometimes the lowest bid will be the best option, and sometimes it won’t. It’s much more important to hire a remodeling company that:

  • Uses only their own employees (no subcontractors)
  • Is bonded and insured
  • Provides a guaranteed price
  • Offers a solid warranty
  • Has years of experience with the type of remodel you want
  • Is well-known and involved in the community
  • Can provide customer testimonials

The truth is, remodeling companies are not all created equal. At Re-Bath, all we do are bathrooms. In fact, we’ve completed more than one million bathroom remodels. We’re also the nation’s largest complete bathroom remodeling company.

If you’re considering a partial or full bathroom remodel, contact your local Re-Bath today for a no-cost design consultation. Our Design Consultant brings the showroom to your family room and will help you bring your dream bathroom to life.