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Bathroom Renovation Mistakes to Avoid: Learn from Common Pitfalls

Thinking about renovating your bathroom? Exciting as it may be, bathroom renovations can quickly turn into a nightmare if you’re not careful. To ensure your project runs smoothly, let’s delve into some common bathroom renovation mistakes and how you can sidestep them.

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Underestimating the Budget

Budget planning is crucial. One of the most frequent mistakes homeowners make is underestimating the costs involved. From fixtures and materials to unexpected issues like water damage or structural problems, the expenses can add up swiftly. Allocate a budget, allowing for a contingency fund of at least 10-15% for unforeseen expenses. This ensures you’re prepared for any surprises that may arise.

Ignoring Proper Planning and Design

The key to a successful renovation lies in meticulous planning and design. Rushing into a renovation without a clear plan can result in costly changes mid-project. Consider the functionality, layout, and style you desire. Create a detailed plan or work with a professional to avoid hasty decisions that may lead to regrets later on.

Neglecting Quality Materials and Workmanship

Invest in quality materials and skilled labour. Opting for cheaper materials might seem like a money-saving tactic initially, but it can lead to frequent repairs or replacements in the long run. Prioritize durability and reliability to ensure your renovated bathroom stands the test of time.

Overlooking Ventilation and Waterproofing

Proper ventilation and waterproofing are essential. Inadequate ventilation can cause mould and moisture-related issues, while improper waterproofing can result in costly water damage. Ensure proper installation of ventilation systems and waterproofing measures to safeguard your investment and maintain a healthy bathroom environment.

Disregarding Functionality Over Aesthetics

Balance aesthetics with functionality. While a visually appealing bathroom is desirable, focusing solely on aesthetics without considering functionality can lead to regrets. Prioritize practicality and comfort to create a space that not only looks good but also meets your daily needs efficiently.

Failure to Hire a Professional

DIY can be tempting but risky. Many homeowners underestimate the complexity of bathroom renovations. Hiring a professional ensures expertise, permits, and adherence to building codes. While it may seem cost-effective to DIY, mistakes can be more expensive to rectify than hiring a professional from the start.

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Not Allowing Sufficient Time

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is a renovated bathroom. Rushing the renovation process can lead to errors and compromises on quality. Plan for delays and allocate ample time for each stage of the renovation to ensure a well-executed project.


Embarking on a bathroom renovation is an exciting endeavour, but it’s crucial to approach it with careful consideration and planning. You can avoid these common pitfalls by budgeting wisely, planning meticulously, investing in quality, and seeking professional guidance when needed. By sidestepping these mistakes, you pave the way for a successful and satisfying bathroom renovation experience.

Elevate Your Bathroom Renovation Journey with City & Country Contracting

Embarking on a bathroom renovation journey is exciting, but it’s essential to have expert guidance along the way. City & Country Contracting offers invaluable support to ensure your project unfolds seamlessly. With a focus on delivering exceptional results, their licensed and insured contractors ensure a smooth renovation journey. 

So, don’t let mistakes derail your project—consult with City & Country Contracting for a stress-free experience. Explore their bathroom design gallery and envision how their expertise can transform your renovation dreams into reality.

Shayne Finskars, owner of City & Country Contracting

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