How to keep bathroom renovations cost down?
Bathroom renovations can be time-consuming and sometimes expensive! However, there are certain ways in which you can keep your renovation costs down without sacrificing on style and design.
Here are some tips to ensure you stay within your bathroom renovation budget while still achieving a rewarding outcome.
Outsource your bathroom reno project
Avoid costly DIY mishaps by hiring experienced licensed contractors. Plus, your contractors can help you plan a renovation so you stay within your budget. While it may seem convenient and money saving to carry out the bathroom renovation yourself, it could lead to unexpected costs when work has to be redone or fixed, which could eventually ending up costing you more.
All work over $3300 must be carried out by licenced professionals. It is dangerous to carry out electrical and plumbing work yourself. Do not try to cut corners by skipping on hiring professionals for these tasks. Also, certain fixtures need professional installation and if you do it yourself, it may void your warranty and insurance, so be extra careful when it comes to installing bathroom fittings.
Plumbing and electrical fixtures
For a cost effective bathroom renovation, consider keeping the plumbing and electrical fixtures in the same place. Changing the layout of the bathroom or altering the structure can significantly increase the cost of your renovation. So if you want to keep costs down it is recommended to leave the existing plumbing and electrical fixtures where they are.
Make a future-proof plan
Make a strategic plan for your bathroom keeping in mind your needs and budget. While it may be appealing to buy trendy bathroom fixtures and accessories, the trends might not last for a long time. They may not be good quality and if you are ordering them online, you might end up losing money. Make sure the products you buy have a Watermark label.
Consider including the following in your budget:
- Plumbing and electrical fixtures
- Vanities and Mirrors
- Tapware and Shower
- Contractors fees
- Window - glass and frame
Avoid making last-minute changes in your design
Having an exact idea of what you need and how long the project will take from the start will help you avoid extra costs by making changes to your design once the project is underway. Making changes once your project starts can also extend the time it takes to complete your reno project, more time = higher costs.
Make sure that you:
- Order any custom features such as vanities and windows during the planning phase of your project to allow time for manufacture and delivery.
- Read the contract carefully.
- Check if your contract includes itemised costs for labour, materials and administrative costs.
- Ensure the materials you order are right (right colour, size, manufacturer) and the fixtures and fittings will fit in the bathroom.
Tiles are just a small aspect but can add up to a major chunk to the bathroom reno costs. If your budget is tight or you have other features which are really important to you, consider using tiles for limited parts of the bathroom and painting the rest of the walls or decorate your bathroom with flowers and paintings to add some colour. Use tiles to focus on one part of the bathroom.
Consider cost-effective tiles like ceramic that are affordable, durable and easy to maintain and less coslty than natural stone or glazed ceramic tiles.
Do you really need the bathtub?
Another major expense during bathroom reno can be putting a bathtub. If you do not have a bathtub already, maybe ditch the idea of installing a bathtub.
It could end up saving tonnes of water and if you do not take long baths, it is wise to forego the idea of a bathtub. If you have a bathtub already, consider getting it painted by a professional and it will look brand new.
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