This is a separate accordion of things to do and challenges to overcome. Think coordination of trades, town hall inspector schedules, the lot. Some homeowners even decide to change contractor at this point. Back to square one kind of thing.

Just to give you a sample of what is there to coordinate, for one bathroom remodel you will most probably need demolition team, carpenter, drywall technician, plumber, HVAC guy, tiling specialist, painter, electrician, window installer, shower glass door installer. And they will work there consecutively and some will come back several times: demolition team, carpenter, drywall technician, electrician, plumber, HVAC guy, tiling specialist, painter, electrician, HVAC guy, plumber, shower glass door installer, carpenter. And if one of them is missing a tool or a tile, off goes your schedule like a house of cards.

As an example, you may have a look at the list of inspections for a bathroom remodel in one of the Bay Area town halls:

  1. Sub-floor repair or replacement, call for an underfloor inspection before covering
  2. Rough Framing, Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical will be inspected all at one time. Call for inspection when work is completed. Do not cover any work before inspection. Do not install any insulation prior to inspection.
  3. If a steam shower is proposed, steam unit must be accessible and no drywall products are allowed in the shower area. Fiberglass type product required.
  4. Final inspection will include checking smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.


Consider yourself lucky you are just remodeling. If you were building you might have to deal with some 50 inspections before the town gives you the residence permit.


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Step 10: Accounting and payments