Bathroom remodeling take a toll on many homeowners in terms of pain, unmet timelines, and high prices. Given today’s staggering high price of bathroom remodeling and kitchen renovations, it only makes sense to look outside the box and explore the possibility of cheaper and smarter solutions.

If you’re in the market to buy a new home, you’ve probably spent countless hours reading the fine print, weighing costs and benefits, negotiating on terms and conditions, and perhaps even paying an architect or contractor to show you around. You may have walked away feeling like you got a really good deal, but is it really worth it? If you are considering bathroom and kitchen renovations, don’t be so quick to throw your hands up in despair, or let the project drag on indefinitely.

Remodeling your bathroom should be done well before you move into your new home, if not well before. There are many potential issues that can arise if these projects aren’t completed well in advance of moving in. Here are five issues that you should be concerned about when planning and implementing your renovation plans:

If you are buying a new home, you should look into the possibility of a home inspection prior to closing, to ensure that your new home will meet all regulatory requirements. Even if you do not need to be a home inspector, there’s still some value in doing so. A home inspector has the added benefit of knowing how to properly interpret the results of a home inspection and reporting your findings to you, which is something that you should never have to worry about, if you have any doubts at all about the quality of the home itself. Of course, if you don’t want to hire a professional, you can always find affordable ways to check out the house.

In most cases, bathroom renovation is an incredibly large undertaking. Therefore, if your new home comes with a kitchen that you haven’t had much experience in before, you’ll want to hire someone who has more experience working with kitchens to help you through this task. This may be a challenge, however. Don’t just go with the first person you see, however. There are plenty of excellent contractors out there, just waiting to fill your need. Make sure to ask friends and family for recommendations, and references, so that you can make an informed decision about the contractor that fits your budget, and requirements best.

When bathroom renovations go wrong, it’s very easy to blame the architect or bathroom remodeling services. However, with the expense of your renovation and the headache of looking into the details, it’s likely that you’ll want to take on the role of the “designing” hand again in your own hands. Whether it’s changing the design of the walls, adding in new fixtures and fittings, or redoing the entire layout and decorating scheme, you’ll be able to take charge of the entire project and put your own unique stamp on the place.