Last updated on February 9, 2023

Trying to find a thorough bathroom remodel checklist to make sure you’re not forgetting anything?

Bathroom remodels are no small feat. There are several different steps to the process and materials that you’ll need to decide on. If you’re having remodelers work on your home, then it’s important to make sure that you’re on top of everything your contractors need.

In today’s post, we’re covering everything you need for the ultimate bathroom remodel checklist.

Setting Goals for Your Remodel

If you’ve been contemplating a remodel for a while, then you probably have some goals for what you want your new space to look like and end up being for you, your family, and guests.

The big things that you’ll want to establish with goals are your wants vs. needs. You might want a four-piece bathroom but only have space for a three-piece. That’s the difference between a want vs. a need.

Here are some more goals to establish.

  • When should the project be completed?
  • What’s the budget?
  • What type of style do you want?
  • How much of the project will you hire out vs. DIY?

After you’ve established some of these answers, you’ll know what next steps to take. It’s okay if you don’t know right off the bat. Take your time to work through some of these ideas, and don’t be afraid to ask your contractor for help.

bathroom remodel checklist planning of a Luxury modern bathroom

Bathroom Remodel Checklist

As you get started on the project, there are a few different things that you’ll want to check off your list. This checklist is going to take you through each of the different decisions that you need to make for the remodel to both get started and be completed on time.

Detail Your Tub and Shower

When it comes time to choose the right bathtub and shower, you’ll need to determine your wants vs. needs. Do you need a separate tub and shower? How large will the space be for your shower?

Both your bathtub and the shower are integral parts of the bathroom, so be sure to get these items and decisions checked off your list first.

couple looking at oval bath in bathroom store, completing bathroom remodel checklist step

Find the Right Shower Tiles (If You Want Them)

After you’ve decided on your shower or shower tub, you may or may not need tile for that space. Either way, it’s important to start choosing and ordering the tile you need for the shower as soon as you decide on something. Sometimes getting these orders in can take a few weeks, so you’ll want to have the materials ready to go beforehand. Check out this link for shower tile inspiration.

How to Choose the Right Tub

If you’re doing a separate tub from your shower, you’ll also need to choose the right tub for you. There are several factors and design features that can impact a tub. Free-standing bathtubs are very common right now, but other options, including inserts, can look great and serve their purpose as well.

Shower Niche and Storage

A bathroom remodeling checklist wouldn’t be complete without storage solutions. There are several ways to add bathroom cabinets, shelves, or niches under the sink. Unless you have a closet near the bathroom, plan to have more storage than you think you’ll need. You never really can have too much.

worker installing storage shelves in the bathroom

Choosing Good Lighting and Fixtures

Your bathroom needs good lighting—options for bathroom lighting range from hanging fixtures to ceiling cans and wall-mounted sconces. Even mirror LEDs can be a popular choice for some homeowners. Using a mix of a few different lighting choices is usually the best option.

modern bathroom with quality lighting and fixtures

Flooring Choices

Ceramic or porcelain tile are both classic choices that will last for years. Wood floors are less common but not unheard of, and laminate and vinyl offer flooring that looks real without the cost or maintenance. We encourage homeowners to find a flooring pattern that they like and then start looking for different materials that can replicate that look.

Shower Details and Accessories

Details for the shower include faucets, the drain, a grab bar, a bench, and more. It’s all the extra things that you might consider adding to your shower to make it fit your needs. Do some research and see what it is that you’d want to make your shower feel just right for you.

details of large white shower with marble

Vanity Types and Storage

A bathroom can be an opportunity to get rid of the old vanity and cabinets and start over with something totally new. There are lots of bathroom vanities, including recessed, pedestal, and wall-mounted bathroom cabinets. Choosing what’s right for you will depend on your style and how much storage you’d like to have.

Sinks and Faucets

Your sinks might come with the vanity you choose. But if they don’t, then you’ll need to choose the right sink bowl for your home. Additionally, the faucets and hardware will be up to you as well. Gold, black, silver, the possibilities when it comes to hardware can be endless. But you’ll probably want to make sure you match it with your shower’s hardware.

couple choosing faucet in bathroom furniture store for bathroom remodel checklist

Countertops and Backsplashes

If your bathroom doesn’t have a backsplash, this might be a great time to add one. There are lots of different options ranging from stone and tile to laminate and vinyl. On the countertop front, there are only so many material choices, but the patterns and colors are endless. Find something that compliments your flooring and shower tile choice.

Types of Toilets

The good ol’ porcelain throne. It’s not all that you might think. There are actually a lot of different toilets that you can purchase. Some offer more features, better flushing, and others come with bidet options like heated water, a heated seat, and a heated dryer. If you’re not someone who cares, then you can always get the classic toilet option.

Hardware store salesperson assistant helping young man choosing toilet for bathroom remodel checklist

Accessories and Miscellaneous

There are, of course, other miscellaneous features and accessories to consider throughout the bathroom, but the important thing to remember is that you can finish the bathroom in any way that you want to. Don’t feel held back because the possibilities are truly endless.

Getting the Most Out of Your Bathroom Remodel

Getting your bathroom remodeled is a pretty big deal. Odds are you have been looking forward to this project for quite some time and you’re going to want to get it done right. This is why it is so important to hire a quality contractor that is not only going to do a good job, but to also get it done on time and within your budget.

At Homeworx, we’d be happy to come alongside you as a homeowner and help you remodel your bathroom to fit all of your needs. You can reach out to our team today to learn more about the different options we offer for remodel projects and how we price out our remodels.