—For most bathroom remodeling projects, expect to pay about 10 percent or more of the total project amount as a deposit. Never pay more than a third of the total cost as a down payment, and never pay in cash. Be aware that especially in bathroom remodeling, contractors will frequently find hidden problems that need to be addressed. Adding an additional 10 to 20 percent to the project budget can help reduce the strain of these types of problems.
—Plan for stress. How will the project change your routine, especially with the bathroom? Where will materials be stored? What are the working hours for the crew?
Angie Hicks is the founder of Angie’s List, a resource for local consumer reviews on everything from home repair to health care.
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