Bathroom remodeling is an exciting project for many homeowners. However, the costs can also be intimidating, especially if you plan on installing new fixtures like a shower or bathtub. That said, it helps to understand the expenses that you need to prepare for as well as your priorities for the project. This will enable you to have a clearer idea of how much you will need and how much you can actually spend.
Here are more tips on how you can keep your bathroom remodel on budget.
Materials, Labor and Permits
For starters, you have to decide on a baseline for your bathroom remodel budget. The cost of remodeling a bathroom can vary significantly because of different factors, including bathroom size, fixtures and materials to name a few.
Generally, a smaller bathroom costs less to renovate than a mid-size or large bathroom. But depending on the fixtures you are adding and the materials you will be using, the cost of remodeling your bathroom can still further change. To help keep your remodeling project on budget, you can search discounts for fixtures, hardware and materials. Talk to your contractors as they might be able to get a cheaper rate for you. Furthermore, you might want to check salvage yards and online auction sites, too. These places usually have leftover bulk amounts of tiles and other materials, which you can get at a fraction of their actual cost. If your bathroom remodel is not urgent, you can also wait until offseason to score manufacturer discounts.
Common Hidden Bathroom Remodel Costs
Bathroom remodels may also come with risks of hidden or additional costs. For instance, removing and disposing of old fixtures can add to your total bill since these are tasks that require additional time and effort. Make sure to discuss these with your contractor prior to the start of your project so that you won’t be surprised with any extra costs these jobs will incur.
Sometimes, though, there are unexpected issues that could affect your bathroom remodel costs. Mold problems and dated electrical work are common examples of these. In such cases, you really need to fix the problems before you can proceed to the remodel. Otherwise, they will compromise your newly renovated bathroom and create hazards soon enough. That said, don’t forget to set aside at least 20% of your budget to cover for any unexpected work that needs to be done.
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