Bathroom remodels can take two to six weeks to complete, or even longer depending on your specific plans.
Bathrooms are among the most popular home remodeling projects. Not only is it just nice to have a high-quality bathroom at home, but bathroom remodels offer some of the highest return on investment of any home improvement project. In 2022, the rate of return was 53 to 58% of the project’s cost added to the home’s value. The National Association of Realtors cites that some bathroom remodels recoup up to 71% of their cost.
Bathroom remodels make your home more comfortable and more valuable, but they can be time-consuming and frustrating. So, is this project right for you?
Like any home improvement project, the time it takes depends on the size of the project. A small bathroom remodel can be done in three to four weeks, while larger ones may extend up to six weeks. Generally, you should expect most bathroom remodels to take at least a month.
Few home improvement projects go exactly as planned. While you may plan for a month, expect to extend that timeline. There are many factors that can impact a bathroom remodel timeline, and they usually make it take longer.
Not all bathroom remodels will operate on the same timeline. But generally, a bathroom remodel can be broken down into three primary phases: pre-construction, construction, and post-construction. Let’s look at what’s included in each and how long you can expect to spend in each phase.
The first phase is pre-construction. During this period, you’ll figure out what you want to do, gather materials, hire contractors, create plans, and acquire permits. Expect it to at least six weeks.
In pre-construction, you will:
Although it’s the phase where you see the most results, construction may not be the longest part of your bathroom remodel. Depending on the size and complexity of the project, it may only be a few weeks. This phase entails:
Finally, in the post-construction phase, you’ll get into the final walkthrough and comprehensive unpacking of what actually happened in the bathroom remodel. You’ll make your final payments to officially complete the project. All told, this could just be one day. The process includes:
All told, a bathroom remodel will take anywhere from two weeks to six weeks. As far as home improvement projects go, bathroom remodels are not particularly time-consuming or expensive, but they offer a great return on investment. So long as you can find great contractors and can live without a bathroom for about a month, it’s a smart move to upgrade a bathroom that’s in need of some love.
If your bathroom is so out of date and poorly functioning that you don’t even want to use it, then of course it is time to remodel your bathroom. If it is broke, do fix it.
But if you’re just not crazy about your bathroom, it might be harder to justify the time and money required for a remodel. Bathrooms are one of the less expensive room remodels, coming in at an average of $5,000 to $10,000, but they’re still time-consuming projects where you’ll be out of a bathroom for a while.
If a bathroom remodel is in the budget and will make you happy, do the remodel! If you’re planning to sell your house in the next year or two, it’s also a good idea to do the remodel. Like kitchens, bathrooms are one of those things that make a big difference in the minds of potential homebuyers. They can make or break the deal if someone is on the fence about buying your home.
Answers to common questions about the typical timeline and factors influencing the length of a bathroom renovation project.
Remodeling a bathroom in just two days is possible, but it would generally be limited to small-scale, quick renovations or cosmetic updates. Some examples of projects that can be completed in two days are a simple paint job, vanity replacement, fixture upgrades, or refreshing accessories like a mirror or towel rack.
A full-scale bathroom remodel that involves significant changes to the layout, plumbing, electrical work, and installing new fixtures, tiles, and finishes usually takes longer.
Remodeling a bathroom fast requires careful planning, efficient execution, and prioritizing specific updates that can be completed quickly. Set a clear plan and hire experienced professionals to ensure that your remodel is completed efficiently. Using pre-fabricated materials and limiting pluming changes can also cut down on your bathroom remodel timeline, as these changes are generally easier to implement.
A bathroom remodel can take longer than expected due to various factors like inspection and permit delays, contractor scheduling conflicts, and adverse weather conditions. It will also take longer if you discover damage or plumbing problems discovered during demolition. To ensure a timely completion of your remodel, it's important to plan for contingencies and work with an efficient contractor to minimize the impact of these factors.
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