Determine the Extent
Bathroom remodeling can be a weeks-long project that changes nearly every aspect of the room or it can be a superficial project that merely focuses on the small stuff. Before you start looking at contractors, you need to decide which path you are going to take. Obviously, the former choice is going to take longer and cost quite a lot more money. The latter choice will be cheaper, but it may not change things as much as you hope. Sit down and decide what you need and what you want. The sooner you can nail down the extent of your project, the sooner you can move towards making specific plans.
Nail Down Your Budget
Once you’ve decided what exactly you want to do, you need to determine how much you can afford to spend. Once you’ve decided this, of course, you may have to go back and adjust your expectations for the extent of your bathroom remodeling. But, perhaps not. The key with figuring out a budget is to overestimate. Maybe one in a hundred homeowners have reached the end of a project like this only to say, “Wow, that didn’t cost nearly as much as I thought!” Much more often than not, you will hear the opposite. You might want to price quote a few contractors before you start drafting a budget, just so you know what you’re dealing with.
It’s common for homeowners to splash the walls with a new coat of paint only to realize they don’t need a huge project after all. Just that one tiny change can make a world of difference and it may be the only bathroom remodeling you need. If most of your problem with the space is aesthetic, paint first before you do anything else. Once you’ve finished, take a step back and reevaluate what you have. It may not change how you feel about the project at all, in which case you can proceed. It may, however, make you realize you have done everything you need to do to feel good about that room for a while longer.