You can, but you don’t have to spend a small fortune on a new bathroom remodel! We have some tips for getting a beautiful bathing space while keeping expenses in check. This is hard to do with inflation right now.
Here are our top 5 tips to keep costs down but to get you into a new bathroom.
1 Do Not to Move the Plumbing – If You Can Avoid It
Rearranging and redoing the pipes is pricey (period). Sometimes, it is unnecessary as moving plumping does not increase the floor layout, so it helps to avoid it if possible.
Right now, labour costs and shortages plus the cost to import goods with inflation right now could significantly raise the cost of a renovation, especially when considering installation costs. If you can, we recommended you try to use existing plumbing and not drastically change the layout of your room. Which leads us to the second tip.
2 Plan a Sensible Layout For Your Bathroom Remodel
The floor plan is very important to your new renovation, but most of the time, you don’t need to change anything, you just need to spruce it up, or right size it.
When you are in your bathroom, think about the things that work well and make a list of things that do not work. For example, maybe the toilet is placed right beside an oversized counter. If you downsized the counter, vanity by 2 inches, the toilet and bathroom would be perfect. Look for things like that.
Or maybe the vanity is tiny and leaves you no storage. How can you build your new bathroom to accommodate a larger vanity with storage.
When you go to showrooms look at the space and items in there. Ikea is also great for getting ideas for small spaces as they tell you the square footage everyone they build.
3 Use Cost-Effective Materials That Will Last For 25 Years
You don’t have to choose the most expensive materials, especially these days. Sometimes, things like laminate last longer and are stronger than real hardwood. Plus, the laminate at times looks a lot better and can withstand a lot more.
In the bathroom, you can use good-quality porcelain tiles instead of natural stone. Technology is so good now, it’s often hard to distinguish between them, and porcelain tiles can be considerably cheaper. Porcelain is also more durable than natural stone, and less prone to cracking and chipping.
4 Specify Clear Goals That Are All Outlined In The Contract. Agreed Upon. And Signed.
Draw up a clear contract at the start. Know where you stand so that you can budget accordingly. Get an estimate quote and let your contractor know what your top end is. Let them know anything above and beyond the contract needs to be signed off on.
Make sure your contract is written down. Make sure you sign it and that it is signed by the company or by the contractor who will be completing the task. You will thank yourself later.
5 Seek Professional Advice For Your Bathroom Remodel
If you’re on a budget, it can be tempting to watch YouTube videos and to try and do everything on your own. But planning everything yourself and doing everything yourself might actually be more costly in the long run. It is wise to bring experts to do what you need.
If you find a really good fitting company, they can assist in the buying of materials and furniture. This can mean substantial financial savings. This doesn’t mean you just get what you’re given — the decisions are always yours; it’s your bathroom. You can change some materials, upgrade or downgrade whatever you feel is best.
Bathroom professionals often get the best deals on bathroom items as they buy in bulk and they buy frequently. It’s in the interest of suppliers, including brick-and-mortar showrooms and online distributors, to nurture relationships with bulk buyers. Discounts, favours and offers all help to provide the end customer with plenty of options. This results in savings all around for you.
As always, if you need help buying or selling your property or renovating a bathroom, do not hesitate to contact Gregg Bamford or Ryan Bamford.