December 2012

Remodeling your Bathroom: What is it going to cost?

by raleigh plumbers on December 31, 2012

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When looking at remodeling your bathroom, there are many factors to take into consideration, with the cost being a major part of your decision making process. Depending on the size of your bathroom, what types of products you plan to have installed, and the costs of labor for getting the job done right, the overall price to do these renovations can vary greatly.

Bathroom Remodel Plumbers RaleighTo get a good idea of how much you may be spending to remodel your bathroom, the first thing to look at is the size of the room you will be redoing. According to Remodeling magazine’s 2005 Cost vs. Value Report, a mid-range bathroom remodel is approximately $10,499, higher or lower depending on where you live and how you define “mid-range”. The same Remodeling magazine study estimates that redoing your mid-range bathroom at this price would prove very cost effective in the long run, as you would actually recoup 102 percent of its cost at resale. A higher end or “up-scale” bathroom remodel job is estimated on average to run in the $25,000 to $26,000 range, again depending on the items you select to have installed, home location, and actual size of the room. While quite a jump from the mid-range figure, you would also recoup an estimated 93 percent of these costs on resale. *

Remodeling Plumber RaleighWhile these figures can give you a ballpark idea of what you will spend, there are several main points to consider when figuring your budget for a new bathroom. First, you must figure in any construction costs. This would include your choice of a general contractor to do the work. Getting estimates from several contractors and checking the references of each, is a good idea when taking this step. Assuming you are not doing the work yourself, there are price saving measures that can be taken when hiring a professional. For example, if you are able and knowledgeable, you could do the demolition work on your old bathroom yourself. Labor costs must come into consideration, as your budget can vary greatly depending on if you are staying with the original layout of the room or if you plan to make many major changes to it such as adding a new window or moving lights and fixtures. Styles of fixtures (toilets, sinks, tubs, etc.), will factor into your overall price as well, as do flooring and countertops.

To get a good idea on what you will actually be spending, there are many on line tools that can help to serve as a “calculator” of sorts in your planning process. One such tool is the “Bath Estimator”, and can be found at improvement.com. This allows you to enter things such as the type and size of your bathroom, what type of price range you are hoping to stay within, whether you are planning a complete overhaul or just a partial one, and your home location. The tool will provide a good idea of what your overall cost will be.

Which ever direction you decide to go, it’s best to get a plumber involved early in the project so they can help determine the best option for your remodel, as well as look for unseen issues that might arise later in the project that could become costly.

*The information and figures gathered in reference to the 2005 Remodeling magazine study is detailed further at www.hgtv.com , under the home improvements section.

Getting to Know your New Plumber: Important Questions to Ask

by raleigh plumbers on December 28, 2012

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Before you settle on a new plumber, be sure that the company you are calling is not only efficient at fixing problems, but operates in a professional and legal manner, providing you, the customer, a fair and honest price.

When hiring a new plumber, there are several questions you want to ask. First, and most importantly, are they a licensed plumber. While this may seem like a given, asking this will ensure that your plumber is not only a skilled professional, but they are also up to date and current with the latest building codes and practices. Secondly, is your plumber insured. As explained at handyman.com, “Insurance provides the stability needed when mistakes and accidents occur.” Hiring a plumber with builder’s risk, bonds, and worker’s compensation insurance, eliminates the worry about unforeseen costs due to risks involved with certain plumbing work. Credentials and references should also be asked for, as a company that has a proven track record of quality work and satisfied customers, is one that you can trust. With plumbing outfits specializing in different areas, it is always a good idea to find out which areas the company you are going to hire, specialize in. This will ensure you are finding the “right guy” for the “right job”. Additionally, asking about a plumber’s typical response time, and whether or not they offer after hours or 24 hour emergency services, are important, as plumbing issues can spring up at any time; it is best to have a dependable professional you can call on at any time to rectify your problem.

Fees and costs will weigh into your decision making process when hiring a plumber. Asking up front about labor fees, whether or not they charge travel time to get to your place, and about prices on parts and materials, is always a good idea. This will allow you to compare plumbers, and get the best deal possible.

Asking questions such as these in a courteous and respectful manner is commonplace when searching for a new plumber. Keep in mind, a professional plumber will be proud of the quality work they do, and happy to answer your questions. A satisfied customer is a life-long customer!

Homeowners Helper Plumbing
Plumbing expert, Bob Poole founder of Poole’s Plumbing, a local Raleigh Plumbing Company sits down with Marty Jones host of Homeowners Helper on 620 The Buzz to help homeowners solve plumbing issues.

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