Planning should be the longest phase of learning how to remodel a bathroom. In addition to decisions on design, decor, tile, fixtures and bathroom paint colors, establishing a budget for both money and time sets the groundwork for a successful remodel. It’s easy to figure out how much money a new toilet , tub and sink will cost. The challenge in remodeling a bathroom on a budget is determining how much time you can spend on the project and how much money you can spend for any hired work. A general contractor could do the entire job for you, but if you plan to work on the bathroom remodel yourself, be careful to not over-estimate skill level and under-estimate the amount of time it will take to complete each phase. Review online tutorials on topics related to how to remodel a bathroom, and determine which parts of the work you can handle on your own. Know your limitations and be aware of building codes. If you do need help, hire someone who is licensed and insured to handle the electrical work for lighting, or for the plumbing work for a soaking tub, for example. A pro might be able to handle a particular task with faster or sometimes better results. This will add to the labor expense, but could mean significant savings in your time and frustration. When creating the design for the layout of the bathroom remodel, take accurate measurements so that the new vanity you selected will fit and the right amount of tile is ordered. Relocating fixtures such as the toilet, tub or bathroom faucets might not be possible because of the plumbing cost, but replacing a tub with a custom shower with tile and a glass door can provide a new look for the room. Be prepared to use auxiliary work lights while electricity to the space is turned off. Be sure to have alternate bathroom facilities – including storage for toiletries – while the remodeling work is taking place, whether you do the work yourself or hire a contractor. Determine how to dispose of fixtures and other materials removed during demolition. For an extensive project, renting a waste container might be a solution; on-demand waste-removal is also available in some markets.