How to Remodel Your Bathroom on a Budget

If you’€™ve ever thought about remodeling your bathroom the first thing that usually comes into your mind is, “How can I possibly afford it?” After all, according to Remodeling Magazine’€™s 2005 Cost vs. Value Report, the cost for an average sized bathroom remodel is about $10,500! That could be less or more depending on where you live, but regardless, for many people it is a large sum of money.

You also want to consider if the investment is worth it. What is the reason for wanting to do the remodel? If you’€™re looking to update your home for an upcoming sale you’ll want to be sure that you can recoup that investment in the final sale price of the home. On the other hand, if you’re doing a bathroom remodel just because your current bathroom is outdated or in disrepair, the return on investment may not be such a pressing issue. The good news is that, according to the same report, most bathroom remodels will recoup about 102 percent of the overall investment.

For upscale Bay Area bathroom remodels , it’€™s possible to spend upwards of $26,000 dollars. The costs add up fast when you’re looking at higher quality furnishings, fixtures and materials, so it’s very important to start with a budget in mind and try to stick to that budget.

One of the first steps in getting your bathroom ready for remodeling is tearing everything out –€“ also known as “demolition”€. One way to save some money on this is to invite some friends over and do it yourself. You may want the advice who knows something about contracting so you don’€™t do any unnecessary damage, but if you hire a contractor to do the work for you it will definitely add to your overall cost. Labor, in general, is one of the biggest cost factors in any remodeling job, so if you can find a contractor who will allow you to participate in the work it could also help to bring down costs. There are some tasks involved that require little or no experience.

Fixtures can be very costly, especially if you plan on rearranging the location of the sink, toilet, bath or shower. Then you’€™re looking at some major plumbing work, and we all know about the price tags for plumbing jobs. The fixtures themselves can also really add up. Do you want a $200 dollar toilet or a $2000 dollar toilet? The choices are limitless.

Tile is another item that has wild price swings. You can find lots of surface materials that are attractive and durable and that won’t break the bank. Swanstone is one good alternative. Another is plain old ceramic tile, of which there are a myriad of styles and colors to choose from.

When it comes to tubs, showers and vanities, choose carefully here as well. Spend some time at your local bathroom showroom can save you lots of money because it is a place where you can really do your research. Find those items that reflect your taste and design preferences yet are still in your price range. Go online and look at various manufacturer websites. See who’s got, not only the best pricing, but also the best warranties. When it comes to bathroom remodels South Bay , a little bit of shopping can save you lots of money.