Bathroom Contractor Remodeling and Delegation
Hire a project manager to run your bathroom remodeling projectNow that you have your plans for remodeling your bathroom sorted out and you have received all of the necessary regulatory permissions it's time to decide how you are going to realise your dream bathroom and toilet remodel.
If you are a bathroom contractor, remodeling your own bathroom may be second nature but if this isn't your calling then you are going to have to rely on other people to get the job done.
One of the best and most common ways to proceed with your new bathroom design is to hire a project manager who will in turn hire subcontractors and oversee the work as it progresses. Sounds good doesn't it? Well it has to be better than doing all the work yourself or hiring an army of subcontractors yourself. It will probably be more expensive but well worth it even for a small bathroom remodel.
This may be an easier option than some of the others but don't be fooled into thinking that it will be easy because it won't be. You have to find a suitable manager that has time to do your project and remember that you will be placing a lot of trust in this person so you want to get the right one.
Document your plans and requirements
You should write down your plans in as much detail as you can including any drawings that you've made and then ask at least three contract managers to tender for the job. You should ask around at showrooms and builders merchants for recommendations before you send your tender to anyone because you will get a better feel for who is good and who is not this way.
Remember if you start with a good bathroom plan, remodeling will be so much easier.
Ask for references
Before you choose your project manager you should ask them if they have any recent customers that you could talk to or better still, go and see the finished product. Ask the customer what they think of the person you are thinking of hiring and how their project went. Make sure you ask whether the project came in on time and on budget. This is one of the best ways to find a good reliable manager.
Before you let anyone onto your property you would be wise to do a thorough background check on them to make sure that they don't have a criminal record or arrest warrants. Discover the easiest way to do a background check on anyone in this article How To Do A Public Records Criminal Background Search On Your Bathroom Remodeling Contractor
You don't have to take the cheapest quote
The price of the quotations is almost always a factor in your decision but don't go for the cheapest quote if you don't like the standard of their work. You will regret it at the end of the day. A good contract manager should allow you to write penalty clauses into the contract for the event that the project runs over time or over budget. If you want to take advantage of this you must have some very detailed plans for them to work to because any change that you request during the project will allow the manager to adjust the quotation without penalty.
The manager must be managed
It doesn't stop once you've hired your contract manager. Sorry but you still have to manage the manager. Remember that unless you have paid a lot of money for exclusive use of your manager's time then they are going to be sharing their time amongst yours and their other projects. You're job is to make sure that they spend most of their time on your project so make sure that you contact them every day for progress reports and discussions about the work and don't let them take liberties and fall behind.
Before any work starts on your bathroom I suggest that you take some pictures of it as it is right now to compare it with your dream bathroom when the work is finished. There are some before and after remodeling pictures from my own bathroom in the article Pictures of Bathrooms Before and After Remodeling