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    Before embarking on such a project, it is obvious to know exactly how much money there is for the job. Bear in mind that a remodeled your bathroom or kitchen can turn out to be an expensive exercise if not planned correctly. If the available funds are known upfront, this knowledge will serve as a guide through the rest of the process.


    Once the finances have been sorted, the remodeling process can easily be divided into a few distinct phases.

    • Assessment
    • DIY or Contractor
    • Finding a Suitable Contractor
    • Source of material
    • On site visit and inspection
    • Prepayment visits
    • Payment for work completed

    After the finances have been sorted, the next phase of the remodeling process is the assessment phase. During this stage of the project, it is important to have a solid idea of what is required. It is always a good idea to make a list of exactly what is required or desired. Areas to concentrate on include the toilet, bath and wash basin, shower where applicable, piping, seals, plugs, walls and the floors.


    DIY or Contractor

    Once the assessment of what is required has been concluded the next huge decision comes to the table. This involves whether to go DIY or to get a suitably qualified contractor to do the job. Although finances govern any project, this should not be the sole bases for the decision on which route to go.


    The over-riding factor, especially in the case of a bathroom and kitchen, must be the level of skill available to complete the job. Any remodeling of this part of the home must be done by an expert. If there is any doubt about the ability or knowledge of the work, then getting in an expert is the obvious way to go.


    This probably goes with the heading of finding a suitable contractor. It is so important however, and this is why it is covered under a new heading. The matter is viewed from the vantage point of protecting our environment.


    There are many companies which have total disregard from where they source the material used on projects. It makes sense to play a role in protecting our earth by supporting the notion of going green. Where possible, try and hire a company which is set on getting material from sources which have a minimal affect on damaging our environment and the earth.


    Onsite visit and inspection

    This phase is a must and should take place before any work commences. Always have a pen and paper ready and stipulate every task in detail. It is vital in ensuring that the contractor and the homeowner are always on the same page.


    This might seem cumbersome, but could save a huge amount of heart ache. Visit the working area as regularly as possible without encroaching on the terrain of the experts at work. By doing this, there will be an immediate feeling about the quality of the work as it progresses.


    This kind of action will ensure that once a section of work has been completed and payment has been requested, that work conforms to the necessary quality checks. With kitchens or bathroom, this can save a lot of time and even money in the long run.


    Do not only pay attention to the cosmetics of the project. The bathroom or kitchen is also an area where the main commodity in use is water. If any leaks surface after the project has been signed-off, it could mean even more inconvenience and loss in time and money. This is especially applicable of this occurs at joints which have been inserted into the walls. In addition, dirt and other impurities easily become health risks. So it is also important to be sure that the workers use the correct quality and type of sealants which are specially made.