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Living Smart: Bathroom Remodeling Trends

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By Angie Hicks

Before you start talking to contractors:

—Check websites and magazines for designs and ideas. Research materials and products at showrooms and retail stores. This will help contractors more accurately estimate the time and cost for your project.

—Talk to neighbors, friends and family about their projects. Check contractors’ reviews on a trusted online review site.

—Get multiple bids and ask for and check references. Questions to ask include: Did the contractor meet expectations? Were there delays or miscommunications? How did the contractor handle requested changes?

—Get at least three written estimates that clearly define the project and what materials will be used.

—Make sure you can reach a contractor when you need to.

—Be sure the contractor you hire is appropriately licensed, insured and bonded. Bathroom remodeling work often requires electrical and plumbing work — two of the most often regulated trades.

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