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DIY vs. Professional Bathroom Renovations

February 1st, 2024 | 2 min read

By SEO Team

When deciding between a professional bathroom remodel and a do-it-yourself project, it’s important to weigh each task’s time, cost, and complexity.

Hiring an expert to renovate your bathroom may seem like it would cost much more money. However, the difficulty of a do-it-yourself job is often underestimated because of the surprise costs and setbacks that can be involved. So, which choice should you make? JSB Home Solutions will compare the two options to help you make an informed decision for your upcoming project.

Cost Comparison

At first glance, it would appear like it would cost more to hire a professional to do your bathroom and complete the installation. On the contrary, hiring a reliable installation service will help to ensure you stay within your budget, and get the highest quality of work. Beyond that, there are several other advantages to paying for professional installation – such as warranties, expert knowledge, and less need for physical effort on your part.

If you’re handy, you may be able to save some cash by doing it alone. But inevitably, you’ll have a big mess and a lot of trash while doing home repairs and renovations, which is costly to dispose of. Renting the necessary equipment for trash removal is an added expense. As a result, the total price of the project will rise.

Renovation Time

Although delays are always possible, choosing a professional bathroom remodeling company is often a speedier option than doing it yourself. The time it takes to complete a do-it-yourself renovation project can often be longer than the time it would take to hire someone who can get it done right the first time.

Many people underestimate the time it takes to remodel a bathroom on their own. What you may think is a one-weekend commitment could end up taking months of your precious free-time.

The average time it takes for a professional to remodel a bathroom is 23 days. Your bathroom’s size and scope of the makeover will determine whether this time estimate goes up or down.


Basic carpentry tasks like repairing a shower enclosure, putting up insulation, and mending broken cabinetry are all part of the framing process. People who aren’t afraid of getting their hands dirty often undertake these jobs independently. However, extreme accuracy is needed for this task.

Each project has its unique requirements to ensure a successful fixture installation. You should only do this independently if you have expertise with similar projects.

Bathroom Flooring

Laying flooring is a project that most do-it-yourselfers can do with little difficulty. It is true for many types of flooring, but not all. Consider the simple installation of vinyl planks. Outsourcing what you can accomplish yourself is an option, but many homeowners find that laying their own flooring is a simple and rewarding project.

Countertops and Cabinets

In terms of renovating a bathroom, cabinetry and countertops are relatively simple tasks. Once a cabinet is constructed, this process should take, at most, two hours. There are also a variety of do-it-yourself-friendly, compact vanity countertops on the market that make counter installation a breeze.

That being said, hiring a professional to do the installation takes much of the stress out of the process. Naturally, trained experts can do the job much quicker and with a higher level of precision, but there are benefits to both DIY and professional installation when it comes to cabinets and countertops.

Wall Surfaces

For a relatively low cost, you may have experts do the heavy lifting of drywall hanging, taping, and mudding. However, for those who want to perform the job themselves, you can save a few dollars in the process if you are willing to deal with the significant time and labor investment that comes with such a large DIY project.

            After picture of a remodeled bathroom

Choose a Professional to Remodel Your Bathroom

To help you save time and money, our professionals take care of all of the details to make your bathroom renovation perfect. Our professional design and production team at JSB Home Solutions serves the greater Columbus, OH area and will lead you through our “SMART” process to discover the best solutions for your remodel.

Visit our showroom in Canal Winchester, OH or Contact us today if you’re interested in a free in-home consultation.