Bathroom RemodelingFor the past few months we've been cleaning out dad's home to prepare for the sale. Trust me, when someone has lived in a home for 43 years, it's got some serious stuff in storage. This week, I gave in and called in the second dumpster delivery. (And my parents were neat freaks! I really feel for the rest of you.) And I'm making trip after trip to the local thrift store.

While you might find all sorts of odd items in this type of situation, one of the 1960s era gems that stands out above the rest is my brother's downstairs bathroom. This super special bathroom is desperately in need of bathroom remodeling services. It has a walk-in shower with multi-colored tile (read that: every random piece of tile that was left over from other job), a collapsable plastic sliding door, and apparently no shower pan. It has a yellow, speckled formica countertop and a groovy linoleum-like tile floor. Best of all, it has brown striped, train engine wallpaper. Yessiree!

If you're a serious do-it-yourselfer — and up to plumbing, tile installation — you can save a boatload on labor. But if you're not, comparing prices and services (like I did on the house build) can get you great quality at a great price.

If you live in the Rockville, Maryland, or Falls Church, Virginia, areas, look at the bathroom services offered by Ideal Tile. If not, get recommendations as a starting point and then talk to your top contenders. You can find the right people for the job.