How Long do Bathroom Renovations Take?


Remodelling a bathroom can often be a great way to both update the look and feel of your home and increase the value of your overall property. If you are looking to remodel for resale, or if you simply want to make your current bathroom look better or become more functional; you may be wondering just how long these types of jobs can take.

One thing that can make a difference to the length of an upgrade is how many tradesmen are hired for the task and how many times they’re needed to come and work on the project. Tradesmen you may need for this kind of renovation include:

  • Cabinet maker
  • Carpenter
  • Electrician
  • Painter
  • Plasterer
  • Plumber
  • Tiler
  • Waterproofer

The Renovation Process

Plumbers and Electricians

In most cases, these types of tradesmen get involved early on in the remodelling process – however, they tend to undertake work one after the other (instead of at the same time). Depending on the structural considerations of your bathroom, their necessary responsibilities can take around 4 to 6 weeks to complete.

Who to hire?

If you need something done that you cannot do alone, you may want to get the help of an experienced individual. Here are a few reasons why you might want to hire an expert:

  • If you are unable to disconnect old and install new wiring
  • If you can’t disconnect old pipes and fit new ones into designated areas
  • If you need, but are unable, to make any structural changes

Roles of different tradesmen

There are a number of different people who you could hire to help you with your remodelling project.


These tradesmen can often install wooden flooring, add new walls, or make alterations to doors and windows – as well as prepare the room for a plasterer, build wooden accessories and more. Generally, their work can take a couple of days.


An expert will generally seal rooms and plaster walls and ceilings (with materials such as gyprock, sand and cement) – and this can often take a few days.

Waterproofing experts:

Waterproofing is often an important feature to prevent water damage and an expert can take around 2 to 3 days to properly seal a property.


Tiles are often crucial for the aesthetics of a bathroom space and an experienced professional should be able to help with both the design and the installation to create a beautiful, yet functional, space.

What needs to be done after this?

Generally, when all of these tradesmen have their work out of the way, you’ll need to have cabinetry installed (which can be done before or after tiling). If you are using stone bench-tops, you may need the help of a stonemason to take the correct measurements, too.

A shower screen is usually the next thing to install – and after that, plumbers, electricians and carpenters should tie up any loose ends. Finally, a painter will come in (or you could instead paint the room yourself).

While the above may not be the case in every remodel, it can be important to keep in mind that the less complex a renovation is, the cheaper and quicker it’s likely to be.