How to Remodel Your Bathroom for Cheap
There’s nothing worse than an outdated bathroom. They can make the entire house feel old and past its prime. Here are some ways to remodel your bathroom for cheap.
Most people think that a bathroom remodel is very expensive – but that doesn’t have to be the case. The Washington Post reports that the average bathroom remodel costs $16,128 but that it is possible to get a complete renovation for under $5,000 if you are savvy in going about it.
Another great advantage of remodeling your bathroom on a low budget is that you can add a significant amount of equity to the home. According to Remodeling Magazine, the average bathroom remodel adds an additional $11,688 worth of equity to your home’s value.
Here are some fool proof ways to save money on a bathroom remodel:
Shop Around for Your Materials
Raw materials like tile, porcelain, countertops and sinks make up a big percentage of your remodeling budget. Many people can cut these costs by a significant amount if they shop around for the best deals. In fact, you can often find better deals online than you would be able to get at Home Depot or Lowe’s.
It’s also recommended that you opt for less expensive materials. Opting for ceramic instead of porcelain could save you 60% on your tile costs. Similarly, make your purchases from discount stores instead of premium tile suppliers to save even more money.
Don’t Overspend on Fixtures
If you don’t need to buy new bathroom fixtures, then don’t. People are often surprised by how much of a difference painting the walls and changing their accessories can make. If this is all you need for your remodel, then you won’t have to spend thousands of dollars on new fixtures like sinks, toilets and tubs.
If you do need to buy brand new fixtures it’s important that you shop around. We recommend checking out websites like Overstock that offer discounts on overstocked merchandise. This can be a great way for you to get a new faucet or sink without spending full retail price.
Sell Your Old Fixtures
If you do end up replacing your bathroom fixtures, it’s important that you try to sell your old fixtures on a website like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. People can often earn $500 to $2,000 for their used fixtures depending on how good of shape they are in. Too many homeowners think that selling your used fixtures online is too much of a hassle, so they end up making the mistake of throwing their old fixtures away instead of trying to sell them.
Hire a Professional Contractor
This might seem counterintuitive to someone who is trying to save money on a bathroom remodel. However, it’s often cheaper to hire a professional than to try and do it yourself. This is especially true when plumbing is involved.
If you make a mistake while trying to complete the renovation yourself it will cost you a lot of money to correct your mistakes. This is why hiring a professional is always recommended. When you hire a professional there is no risk that you’re going to have to tear our the work you’ve already completed and restart from scratch.
Another added benefit of hiring a contractor is they have access to discount parts, materials and supplies since they are able to buy in bulk.
Consider Used Materials
You’d be surprised how many high quality items you can find at second-hand stores. Before you spend a fortune at Home Depot we recommend you look for used sinks, tubs, toilets, faucets, lights and more.
Second-hand stores receive new inventory all the time so it’s a good idea to pay these stores a couple of visits before you make your final decision.
More and more people are looking to remodel their bathroom. Not only does it make your home more enjoyable and comfortable, but it will increase the resale value. Please keep in mind these tips we have share before starting your next renovation project.
If you follow our advice you should be able to save several thousand dollars on your next bathroom renovation. In fact, we challenge you to set a budget limit of $5,000 and see how much you are able to accomplish.