Should I Install my Own Bathroom Vanity?

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Bathrooms are one of the most popular rooms for DIY renovations. That’s because they are small enough for weekend projects, cheap enough for most budgets and simple enough that many homeowners can do the work themselves—that’s all part of the allure. But more often than not, a bathroom renovation can end up a money pit. Homeowners often take on too much work themselves and the project goes on for weeks. Even worse, homeowners can end up doing damage to the plumbing and repairs are above their skill set, so they are forced to call a professional plumber on the fly. A DIY bathroom vanity installation is a good example of this problem. Ask yourself the following questions and you’ll be able to answer the question—should I install my own bathroom vanity?

Do I Have the Skills?

The right skills are needed to install a vanity sink. Basic hand tool skills like turning a wrench, using a screwdriver and reading a level are all simple skills to master. However, if you’re unable to crouch down, lie on your back or carry around heavy tools and materials, then this is a job that you should hire a professional to do.

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If you got the skill then you probably have most of the tools you need already. To install a vanity and bathroom countertop you’ll need a few tools besides the basic hand tools like a wrench, level, screwdrivers and needle nose pliers. A Hammer, nail punch, floor scraper, undercut saw, trim nailer, varnish brush, caulk gun and caulk box are just to name a few of the tools you’ll need to install a bathroom vanity. If you don’t have all of the tools for the job, then you’re either going to spend a fortune on tools or else you’ll need to call a professional bathroom contractor.

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Do I Have the Time?

Time is never on your side—especially when someone’s got to use the bathroom. And if you’re taking your sweet time working on a bathroom vanity, then somebody’s life is going to be miserable in the process. Make sure you have set aside a minimum of two days to a week, depending upon the size and scope of the installation.

Do I Have the Materials?

If you’ve got all of the tools, skills and time to actually install bathroom vanity, then you’re ready to order the best materials. A good solid all wood vanity with a top-of-the-line bathroom countertop from Caesarstone will ensure you’re going to get a good return on your investment—whether you’re doing the work yourself or you’re calling in the professionals.

Do I Have the Storage Space?

You’ll also need a spare room inside the home to store the materials until everything arrives on location. They shouldn’t be stored outside or in a garage because you’ll want to acclimate the materials to the temperature and humidity levels inside the home for at least 72 hours prior to installation. This ensures the materials don’t shrink later on after everything has been tightly installed.

Do I Have a Back Up Plan?

If you’re lucky, the installation will go off without a hitch and you won’t need a backup plan. But even the most skilled of bathroom contractors can have an accident and have to absorb the expense of say—a broken plumbing pipe. Always have an emergency plumber on standby just in case your DIY bathroom vanity installation runs in trouble.