How to Save Money on Your Bathroom Remodel

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 by Danny Peterson

There’s no getting around it: A bathroom remodel will cost you some money. It’s best not to think of it purely in terms of expense. Actually, it’s an investment in the value of your home, and if you handle your remodel properly then it will pay off in the long run. Nevertheless, you’re going to need to develop a budget and write a few checks in order to get the bathroom you really want, regardless of what that looks like. There is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to be relatively frugal in your remodeling project, however. There are plenty of ways in which you can save money on your bathroom remodel. We’ll share a few money-saving strategies in the paragraphs that follow.

Do Some Planning 

What is it you’re trying to accomplish with your bathroom remodel? What are your remodeling priorities? It’s important to address these questions before you make your budget and have the work started. Being clear about your priorities is the best way to ensure that you don’t overspend on things that are less important to you. In fact, setting the right goals can shape the scope of your project. Do you need to knock out a wall and expand your bathroom? If you’re looking for a more luxurious space for a bubble tub and a large shower, then maybe so. If your biggest concern is simply sprucing up the tile and modernizing the fixtures, then the answer is probably not—meaning you can save a lot of money by deciding to work within your smaller space. The planning process also entails the budgeting process. Don’t skip this stage! The single best way to save money is to clearly outline your expectations, and then to stick with them!

More Tips for Big Savings 

Beyond proper planning and budgeting, we might also recommend these approaches:

  • Work with the existing footprint of your bathroom. That is, install a new toilet, tub, and shower where your current ones are. Don’t switch up the layout of the room or expand these things, because then you’ll have to completely reconfigure the plumbing and wiring in your bathroom.
  • Remember that if what you’re aiming for is a cleaner, updated look, there is much to be said for a new coat of paint—a simple and inexpensive DIY fix that can make a big difference!
  • Don’t underestimate the value in accessorizing! Change your shower curtain, add a shower door, or change the accessories. You might be amazed at how these elements can transform the room.
  • You can invest in a luxurious new showerhead that will make your bathroom feel like a spa retreat—a massaging showerhead, a rain showerhead, and so on.

Investment vs. Expense 

Finally, remember that taking the cheap way out is not always the advisable thing to do. You want to save money, but you don’t want to buy cheap, flimsy materials that will only break down after a year or two of use. Then you’re simply going to have to replace them again—making for a more significant investment in the long run. Do shop around for materials, and try to get the best deal. Shop around for the right contractor, too. Pick a home remodeler who can offer you real value, and guaranties to back it up!


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