Homeowner stuff, be warned

My bathroom sucks. It's leaky and without going into further detail, it just plain outright sucks. Ok I lied, I will go into some detail.

1) There is a lack lack of a proper waterproof cement board behind the dark navy blue fake plastic tile crap the previous owners used for the bathtub surround. The board, not being sealed properly has been absorbing water and dumping it onto my living room ceiling.

2) The floor is a wood-look laminate. Laminate does not hold up in bathrooms very well. The installation is uneven and just outright bad.

3) 2 out of the 3 halogen bulbs in the light fixture refuse to work, even with new bulbs.

The biggest problem is the tub surround. I've been so afraid of what getting my bathroom fixed might cost me that I've been actually afraid to look. And at a point, I can't rely on waiting around for my dad to come over from Mississauga (which is an hour away and he already has a full time job) to fix it. So this week, I actually took some proactive steps towards fixing the problem and called a couple of contractors.

Contractor #1 will be coming over for an estimate on Saturday morning. However, they may not be able to get to the job for another 6 weeks. This might not be so bad as it could help me save a bit more money, even get my taxes done.

Contractor #2 just left my house 1/2 hour ago. He was nice and told me what had to be done… pretty much everything I thought needed to be done. He gave me a quote under $3000. I have about $5-7K I was ready to spend. He also assured me that there would probably be no major mold damage underneath. Obviously when he pulls things up

I am soooo eager to get this done. My bathroom, and subsequently the unsightly damage it left on my living room ceiling, had been a problem that would literally depress me for months. I never wanted anything fancy or too eclectic. I want a decor that would suit the style of this old house, something old english and “cottagey”. So being the HGTV nerd that I am, I'm excited about getting started.

I've been feeling overwhelmed by this whole process, I don't know why. I guess I'm just completely inexperienced with the whole homeowner process and of course, am entering into this with a little trepidation. I don't know what to expect, but I'm hoping it'll at least be decent.

At the least, I would just like the bathtub to stop leaking.

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