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How Long Does a Bathroom Renovation Take?

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A bathroom renovation is a big job. There's a lot to think about, from choosing the right fixtures and fittings to making sure the plumbing is up to code.

One of the most common questions we get asked is, "How long will it take?"

The answer, unfortunately, is not as simple as we would like it to be. It depends on a number of factors, including the size of your bathroom, the scope of the work, and whether or not you're doing everything yourself or hiring a professional.

In this blog post, we'll take a look at some of the things that can impact the timeline for your bathroom renovation.

Size Matters

One of the biggest factors in how long your bathroom renovation will take is the size of your bathroom.

A small powder room will obviously take less time to renovate than a large master bathroom.

If you're working with a small space, you may be able to get away with doing some of the work yourself. But if you're dealing with a larger space, it's probably best to leave it to the professionals.

The Scope of the Work

Another important factor to consider is the scope, including the complexity of the work you're planning to do.

  • Are you just changing out a few fixtures?
  • Or are you gutting the entire space and starting from scratch?
  • How about plumbing, do you need to disconnect and reconnect pipes to the sewer line?
  • What about electrical - do you need to run new cables to rewire new light switches and fittings?

The more intense and complex work you need to be completed, the longer it will obviously take.

Doing It Yourself vs. Hiring a Pro

If you're planning to do everything yourself, that's going to add some time to your timeline. Not only do you have to do the work, but you also have to learn how to do it!

If you hire a professional, they'll already know what needs to be done and how to do it quickly and efficiently. Plus you benefit from their guarantees and warranties.

Remember, doing it yourself incorrectly means redoing it which adds more time and money. If you are not phased by this and have plenty of time on your side, you may be leaning towards the DIY route.

However, keep in mind that in Australia, any work involving plumbing needs a licensed plumber to complete the work. The same goes for electrical work requiring a licensed electrician.

You can of course be the project manager if you want to DIY, but of course, doing that will require time from your schedule and may ultimately slow down the bathroom renovation projection.


As you can see, there are quite a few factors that can impact how long your bathroom renovation will take.

The best way to get an accurate timeline for your specific project is to consult with a professional contractor who can assess your situation and give you a more personalized estimate.

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