Remodeling your bathroom can be an expensive task to undertake, but by being smart and doing your research you can easily find ways to keep costs at a minimum. Bathrooms present a unique challenge thanks to their inherent complexities (plumbing, electric etc.) but that doesn't mean that remodeling means you have to remortgage your home. Let's take a look at some tips on how to inject new life into your bathroom without breaking the bank:
Update instead of Replace
You'd be surprised by how much a little love and care towards your original fixtures and fittings can go. Regrouting can make a huge difference to the overall aesthetic, and you don't have to go the trouble and expense of ripping out and replacing tiles. Look into painting cabinets, replacing handles, and bathtub/sink refinishing.
Keep Your Plumbing in Place
If you opt to use your existing plumbing you'll save yourself a great deal in the long run. Moving plumbing to relocate items such as your toilet and bath will not only be a huge task to undertake, it also bumps up the price of your remodel by around $5,000 on average.
Look For Deals
If you're a keen bargain hunter make sure to hit the flea markets and thrift stores for interesting dÃ©cor, lighting, and furniture. You might also be able to find leftover tiles as people often buy more than what they need â€“ check local Facebook and Craigslist pages. If you find a good deal you can top up by buying the remainder directly from the store.
Create a Focal Point
Spend a little more on a focal point to have large impact without breaking the bank. Consider spending more on one large item which will draw the eye of visitors, such as a new countertop or an elegantly-framed mirror.
If you decide to get help for more complicated aspects of your remodel (such as plumbing, installations, and electrics) make sure you get a great service for a reasonable price. Check online for reviews and meet with several contractors to see what they can offer you. You should also check how long their warranty lasts.