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Questions To Ask Your Contractor When Doing Bathroom Remodel



|Last Updated: 18 Apr 2024

Embarking on a bathroom renovation involves a multitude of decisions and considerations.

From the vanity to plumbing, shower/tub areas to tiles, and electrical to flooring, each aspect plays a crucial role in the overall success of your project. To ensure clarity and transparency, it's essential to ask the right questions before diving into the renovation process. Here's a comprehensive list of questions to discuss with your contractor, helping you navigate the complexities of your bathroom remodel with confidence.



  1. Is there an extra cost if the vanity comes unassembled?
  2. Is there an extra cost for a top sink vs drop-in?
  3. Is a recessed medicine cabinet installation included?




  1. What type of pipes do you use and what is the difference?
  2. Am I limited to a specific shower fixture? 
  3. Is there an extra cost for a handheld shower addition?
  4. Is it extra to install a floor tub filler for a standing tub?



Shower/Tub area: 

  1. Is it extra for a zero-entry shower and is my bathroom eligible for that?
  2. Do you ensure waterproofing of the shower area?
  3. Who provides glass for a shower?
  4. Is there a price difference between custom vs standard-size glass doors?
  5. Is there a price difference between framed or frameless glass doors?
  6. Am I able to do a linear drain in my shower?




  1. Are there any limitations on the tile size or installation patterns I can choose for the backsplash? What are the cost implications of different choices?
  2. Do you install shelters or how do you finish the ends of the tile?
  3. Are you able to install prefab shower panels? Pros and cons of those 
  4. Is area niche installation included?
  5. Do you use sanded or non-sanded grout?
  6. Do you seal the grout and certain tiles that need to be sealed?



  1. Do you check code compliance before starting?
  2. Do you use licensed electricians? 
  3. Do you upgrade outlets to GFCI?
  4. What do I need to pick before the electrical is started? (type of fan, electrical mirror, towel warmer, bidet, etc) 
  5. Do I need a new ceiling fan?




  1. What flooring options do you recommend for my type of project, and why?
  2. How do you handle the transition of flooring from the bathroom to other areas of the house?
  3. Is subfloor leveling included in the price?
  4. How do you handle underlayment for the flooring? 
  5. Are baseboards and installation included in the price and what type (wood, MDF, other)? 




  1. Am I limited to the number of different colors/sheens?
  2. Is painting of baseboards and trims included?
  3. Who supplies the paint?
  4. What steps will you take to prepare surfaces before painting?
  5. What brands and types of paint do you recommend and why?
  6. Are the materials environmentally friendly or low-VOC (volatile organic compounds)
  7. Will you need to repair any wall damage (e.g., cracks, holes) before painting? Is there an additional cost?
  8. Are there additional charges for high ceilings or hard-to-reach areas?



  1. Am I limited to the number of fixtures/accessories you installed?
  2. Do you install specialty items such as towel warmers or bidets?


Armed with these essential questions, you're ready to embark on your bathroom renovation journey with clarity and confidence. By engaging in open communication with your contractor and addressing key considerations upfront, you'll pave the way for a successful and satisfying renovation experience. Whether you're aiming for a spa-like oasis or a functional family bathroom, thoughtful planning and thorough discussion ensure that your vision becomes a reality. Happy renovating!


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