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The Ultimate 15 Step Checklist for Any Bathroom Renovation


Renovating a bathroom can be a huge task, no matter how big or small the project. To help ensure your bathroom renovation goes off without a hitch, we share the essential bathroom renovation checklist. After weeks spent looking over the latest and greatest bathroom inspiration, days spent on the phone organizing and ordering anything from your dream tiles to the perfect bathtub, it’s finally time to organize your builders and get all your ducks in order.

With such a huge number of elements crammed into such a compact space, it can be a bit overwhelming to think about the ideal order of carrying out specific tasks, and just who you’ll need to call at which stage. 

So if you’ve passed the planning phase and have finally reached the execution stage, this is the bathroom renovation checklist for you.

The Essential Bathroom Renovation Checklist:

  1. Strip-out can take up to two or three days. 
  2. Builder does any structural work or repairs water damage, if needed. The time will vary depending on the amount of work.
  3. Carpenters will make any modifications where necessary.
  4. Plumbers will “rough in” pipes and drainage. If you’re not moving your bath, shower, or vanity, this can take less than a day. It will take longer if you are moving plumbing.
  5. Electricians will “rough in” the wiring. The plumber and electrician may be able to work at the same time if the work is not too complex.
  6. Tilers come in to prepare the floor and walls. This can take up to two days. The tiling will take place later.
  7. Waterproofing: You may have to wait up to five days to allow the waterproofing membrane to cure. Your waterproofer will tell you how long the curing process takes. 
  8. A built-in bath will be installed after waterproofing. A freestanding tub will be installed after the floor is tiled.
  9. The crown molding will be installed, if needed.
  10. Tiling, grouting, and painting is done next. The time will vary, but it can take up to a week to complete. If you are installing floor-to-ceiling tiles, the ceiling will be painted first.
  11. Shower screen installer will measure the shower enclosure space. They’ll install the shower later.
  12. Vanity and storage cabinets will be installed. This can take from one to three days, depending on the amount of cabinetry.
  13. Plumber and electrician do your fit-outs (up to three days). If you chose a freestanding bath, it will be installed at this stage.
  14. Shower screens, mirrors, and accessories are installed.
  15. Final clean and inspection.

This article originally appeared on our sister site, First For Women.

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