Most homeowners know that kitchens and bathrooms add the most value to a home, but they’re also typically the most expensive to remodel. When you’re looking to create a relaxing atmosphere in your bathroom, you don’t have to spend a fortune to do so. In fact, there are plenty of ways you can save money on a bathroom remodel but still get the look and style you crave—and one that will add a decent chunk of equity into your home. Whether large or small, here are the best ways to save on your bathroom remodel expenses.
One of the biggest reasons bathroom remodels become so expensive is when you start to move the layout around. By doing this, you’ll need to move the plumbing, and this can be a big expense. You’ll have to remove all the floors and any walls where plumbing lies in order for a professional to swap it out into a new layout. Instead, if you keep the layout how it is, you can save money on professional plumbing services.
Even if you’re not totally in love with some of the current products in your bathroom, it doesn’t mean you can’t refurbish them and give them new life. For instance, instead of spending a fortune on a new mirror, why not add a nice frame to the existing mirror you have in the bathroom? Instead of replacing door handles, light fixtures, and other finishes, why not spray paint them a new color? Doing this is much cheaper than buying all new fixtures and finishes, and it’s a great way to get the bathroom of your dreams without spending a fortune.
Going to your local home furniture store and finding the right pieces may seem like the logical thing to do, but you can save money when you instead shop salvage yards, garage sales, flea markets, and the like. These places often have unique pieces that just need a little bit of TLC. By repainting an old cabinet or picking up an old mirror, you can add some great style to your new bathroom without the expensive fee.
Many people like to try their hand at the DIY project, and this is a great way to save money; however, some jobs require the hand of a professional. For instance, if dealing with electricity or plumbing, it may be best to let someone with experience do the job. This way, you can ensure the job is done right, which means you won’t have any expensive fixes down the road. According to Fit It Right Plumbing, “Professionals in our line of work see a lot of homeowner DIY mistakes. By using a professional in the first place, these homeowners could have saved money down the line and had an end result they were proud of.” By not using a professional in these instances, you’re putting all your hard work at risk.
Tile can be very expensive, and if you plan to use it on the floor, in the shower, and along some of the walls, you’ll find yourself with a very expensive remodel. However, you don’t need to use tile everywhere, or even at all. There are plenty of other options when it comes to bathroom flooring, such as vinyl options. In addition, there are tub surrounds that cover your existing shower that are much cheaper than traditional tile. Finally, consider using something else, such as wood or bead board on the walls to give it some texture, or just spruce the space up with some nice paint. All of these are cheaper options that will still give your bathroom the look and style you want.
One way to save is to look for remnants instead of real-sized pieces for things like countertops or backsplash. Many home improvement stores will have these on sale, or you can even check online to see if people are looking to sell extras on their own. This will allow you to get a good deal on pieces you like and only pay for what you actually need.
Spending money on your bathroom can be a great way to get more equity in your home and create a space you’re proud of and doing so on a budget is possible when you use these tips to save on your remodel.
Images: The Refined Group (Photography: Werner Segarra).
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