Bathroom remodel is done when the functionality of the bathroom reduces, the power saving capacity is less and if there is mould and mildew accumulation. If there is visible wear and tear in the bathroom, it would also lead to bathroom renovations. However, the bathroom makeovers would bring back the lost personality of the home. Take a look at some of the tips that help homeowners save money on bathroom renovations.
- Plan ahead
During any remodelling project, one of the costliest things you could do is to change the plans once you’re halfway done with some work. This would require you to pay the contractors to redo the work they have already completed. This is why the first step to any bathroom remodel should be its planning. Before you hire anyone to buy any product, you should think about what you want from the new bathroom. Take your time to figure out the needs and wants. If you are unable to figure out the best way to achieve all your goals, you should hire a bathroom designer and consult them.
- Retain the Footprint
One of the best methods to save on a bathroom remodel is to make minor tweaks. Most people make use of the terms bathroom remodelling and bathroom renovation thinking that both are the same. However, both are different.
Renovation is freshening the look of the bathroom such as the wall, colour, flooring, tile, lighting etc while leaving the basic layout unchanged.
Bathroom remodelling involves making major changes to the footprint such as the shape, the size and the structure of the room. It involves making changes to the following:
- Plumbing lines
- Location of plumbing fixtures like the toilet and the sink
- Electrical wiring
- Foundation of the room
- Walls such as the load-bearing walls
- DIY or Do It Yourself
Roughly half the cost of bathroom remodelling is the labour cost. Most people spend a lot of money when it comes to paying contractors, plumbers, electricians, carpenters and so on. The more bathroom remodels you could do by yourself the more you could save money. However, DIY is only a money saver when you have the necessary skills. Certain works like moving plumbing lines and so are best left to the pros. If you try to do such work all by yourself without any professional training, it might cause more damage and you would have to spend more money than expected. Hence, it would be ideal to hire a plumber. However, most homeowners would know some of the jobs when it comes to a bathroom renovation. Based on the skill level you could take care of the jobs like:
- Fixing bathroom lights
- Replacing showerheads and faucets
- Demolition such as pulling out cabinetry flooring or cupboard
- Adding new plumbing fixtures
- Adding various accessories like cabinets
- Reuse Existing Pieces
Doing all the work by yourself is the main way to save on labour costs. However, when you consider the materials, there are various ways to save costs. One of the most effective methods among them is to refurbish the existing accessories rather than buy the new accessories. With little effort and work, you could change the look of any accessory in the bathroom.