Bathroom renovations generally come with quite a high price tag, but most homeowners find the endeavour to be well worth the overall investment. The average cost of one of these kinds of projects is around $17,000, but this can be dependent on a number of factors. Realistically, you could find yourself spending anywhere between $8,000 and $25,000.
Smaller-scale updates can cost as little as $8,000 to $12,000, whereas more extensive projects can understandably cost much more. As functionality and style will vary from individual to individual, costs can fluctuate from project to project, so it may be a wise idea to create a plan before you go ahead with the process of remodelling. After all, with a clear idea of what you need in mind, you are likely to be better prepared to set a budget and not overspend.
Once armed with a set budget, realistic expectations and even cost estimates; finding the right remodelling contractor can often be essential. They will be able to answer your questions and help you to make the most of your renovation project.
How to estimate your renovation’s costs
In many cases, trying to decide on a reasonable budget for a remodel can be quite a tough task, especially if you’re unsure of how much the new bathroom you envision is going to cost.
One of the most important things to consider is the size of the room, as well as what new fixtures you’ll need and how big they are (as their price can often vary depending on their size). Here are a few things you may need for your renovation and their average prices:
- Low range – $400 to $1,500
- Medium Range – $2,600 to $4,100
- High Range – $6,000 to $8,000
- Low range – $1,200 to $3,500
- Medium Range – $4,700 to $7,000
- High Range – $8,000 to $13,000
- Low range – $900 to $2,000
- Medium Range – $2,800 to $4,100
- High Range – $5,000 to $6,500
- Low range – $190 to $900
- Medium Range – $1,400 to $2,300
- High Range – $3,500 to $6,500
- Low range – $130 to $250
- Medium Range – $340 to $480
- High Range – $550 to $780
Unless you plan to build a new bathroom from scratch, you may not have to worry about buying all these things; you may already have certain fixtures that are fine as they are. Often, you’ll be able to refinish cabinets to make them look as good as new, without having to scrap them and buy new ones.
To keep the style similar throughout your home, you may want to consider making the cabinets in your bathroom match those in the kitchen, or find out the prices of replacing your kitchen’s ones. Also, replacing plumbing fixtures, such as faucets, can often come with a much lower price than replacing your bath and/or shower.
The average cost of a small-scale bathroom renovation
Fortunately for those who plan to remodel a smaller bathroom, these types of renovations will generally be cheaper than larger ones, since they’ll often have less square footage. Additionally, the costs of labour will usually be lower too, as the time spent on the work will often be shorter than that of a larger remodel.
A few cost factors to consider:
- New fixtures and appliances will often add quite a bit to the overall cost of your remodel
- In general, any plumbing and electrical issues will need to be taken care of by an expert, which can usually increase your total sum
- If you change the layout of the bathroom, you may need to pay for more plumbing, new flooring, change the electrical wiring in the walls and more
Store-bought or custom-built accessories?
When you have a better idea of how much you’ll be paying for the necessities of your bathroom renovation, the next step is to find accessories that won’t break your budget.
Often, custom-built pieces will come with a higher price tag and you’ll generally need to hire a craftsman to make them. If your budget is a bit tighter, you may want to consider buying the things that you need from a home improvement store instead.
If you’re unsure of what accessories to buy, a contractor may be able to help. They’ll generally have wider access and a better idea of what’s out there, thanks to their relationships with different manufacturers – and this can sometimes allow them to get better deal, too.
Creating a remodelling schedule and the project’s cost
Often, a good contractor will be able to create a schedule and a list of tasks that they’re going to handle, and this will typically include when they expect to be finished with these jobs.
Note that some (but not all) may want money in advance, as well as after milestones have been completed throughout the renovation, so setting up a payment schedule and agreeing on a final price before signing anything is often a wise idea.
Do you need a contractor?
If you’re not experienced or knowledgeable in the things that are usually required for a bathroom remodel (such a construction, electrical work, plumbing and lighting), you may want to hire someone with the expertise to get the job done.
When trying to find the right contractor for you, be sure to query how they will deal with any issues that could occur, like damages or repairs. Additionally, having a warranty or guarantee can often be a good idea, too.