The average bathroom remodel cost is around $10,000 and can easily climb to $15,000 or more. You might start the project with big ideas about what you want and need only to find that the cost rises with each change that you make.
Whether you work with professionals or decide to do some of the work yourself, you can easily save on the cost and get the project done on time by following these tips!
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Change the Layout
As the average cost of small bathroom remodel jobs can easily reach a few thousand dollars, you need to look for ways to keep your costs under control. Making small changes to the layout is just one way to save.
You may find that you like the original layout but want a new tub and vanity. It's also helpful to make sure that you plan a layout you can use. If you buy a tub that is too big and becomes the focal point of the room or a vanity that doesn't work with anything else, you'll pay more to fix the problem. Focus on how your plumbing is already set up and try to work around it.
Ask for Help
Far too many people are too afraid to ask for help and spend more money than they should. Professionals can easily help you pick the type of materials that you want and the other things that you need.
If you already have a budget in mind, they can give you an idea of what you can afford. You can use their advice to plan your renovation and stay on track to keep costs from rising.
Keep the Original Plumbing
A master bathroom remodel cost will rise if you decide to replace and/or move your plumbing. The person or company who designed your home put fixtures in specific areas for a reason. If you want to swap the toilet and vanity, you need to pay to have new lines run and placed inside the walls.
Even if you only want to move your toilet a few inches or feet, it can no longer use the existing plumbing. It costs a lot of money to run new lines and may require a permit, which will only add to your costs.
Get a Contract
To keep your costs low, always sign a contract and make sure that both you and your contractor receive a copy. The contract should clearly lay out the cost of the job and what the contractor must do, so you don’t get surprised if the final bill is different than you first expected.
It should include all tasks the contractor will do and what you'll pay for each one as well as any other costs that you might cover such as permits and disposal fees.
Look for Alternative Materials
You don't need to spend thousands of dollars on marble tile for your bathroom and a brand new toilet that uses modern technology. Cheaper materials and products help you get the look that you want on a budget.
Porcelain tiles now come in many designs that mimic the look of marble and other types of natural stone. You can buy a budget tile option and use it both in your shower and on the floor.
Use Tile in Moderation
Though many bathrooms use tile, you don't need to spend a bundle on this material. If you want to keep your bathroom renovation cost under control, consider using tile in just one or two areas.
Using it in moderation is an easy way to get what you want without breaking the bank. You might paint the walls in a soft shade of yellow and use tiles in a similar color around the shower. This helps you stick to your budget and give the room an updated look.
Reuse and Recycle
Another way to save on your remodel is when you reuse some elements of the old bathroom. Instead of paying hundreds of dollars to install a new tub, consider a rebath. The rebath cost is less than the cost to replace the tub and lets you convert the tub into a shower or turn a shower into a tub.
Check with recycling companies and thrift shops in your area, too. Thrift shops often have deals with home improvement stores and sell products from those stores at low prices. You'll find everything from tubs and showers to vanities and lighting fixtures.
You use one or more of these tips to control the cost of a bathroom remodel and request a free quote from a pro!