6. Replace damaged vinyl flooring

Make sure to inspect all the vinyl on the floors in your bathrooms. Check for loose joints or spots of discoloration which may indicate that your floor is being damaged by moisture. If you need a new floor, you will most likely want to have a professional do the actual work, which will probably cost at least $400 or more. However, if you prepare the floor yourself, you can probably save up to half of the cost.

Use a small pry bar to pull the baseboards back from the walls as you take them off. Then, use a larger pry bar to pull the flooring up. It was probably nailed, stapled or glued to the underlayment. Finally, you will need to pull up the underlayment, which is usually made of layered plywood or particle board.
While you are waiting for the installation of the new floor, you can stay busy sanding and repainting the baseboards. The job will look sensational when it’s done. Linoleum is another great choice for flooring. It is made from pine resin, linseed oil, sawdust and other binders that are natural. Usually, using it can add about 30% to 40% to a $400 remodel.

7. Reseal the toilet

Although some flooring installers will not take out and then reinstall the toilet, this is something that should be done when replacing the floor. You will be able to save money if you pull the toilet yourself. You could easily save yourself $200 and up on the $85 per hour (with one and one-half hour minimum charge) of a plumber, if you pull the toilet. 

The seals around the base of the toilet may need to be replaced even if you are not going to replace the flooring. How do you know if the seals need to be replaced? Usually the floor around the base of the toilet is discolored or moist and sometimes the toilet tends to rock when a person sits on it. If these things happen, the seal is most likely broken. Another sign that the toilet should be reinstalled is if the nuts that keep the toilet in place are corroded. 

Make sure you turn off the water supply before beginning to work. There should be a faucet behind the toilet and this is the knob you should turn off. Next, hold down the handle and flush the toilet. Make sure you hold the handle down long enough to drain out as much of the water as you can. Unscrew the bolts that attach the toilet to the floor with a wrench. 

Don’t try to move the toilet without help. They are cumbersome and heavy, so try to get someone to help you. They can also be cracked easily and that can really create a mess for you. Put a bunch of old towels or cushions in the bathtub and put the toilet there, being careful to let it drip carefully into the tub. Now, find two wax toilet seals, sometimes called gaskets. These are usually about $3 each. One of the seals will shape itself to the sewer pipe and the second is just a plain wax circle that you will put right on top of the first one. While you’re at the store, buy two new bolts, which are about $1.50 each. When you return home, take off the old gaskets. Put the new, shaped gasket into the opening of the sewer pipe first. Then lay the second seal right over it so the toilet will be able to completely fill the space. There should be no gaps. 

Now you can gently put the toilet back down over the seals. Screw the bolts in, including tightening them. Then hook up the water supply and caulk around the base of the toilet.