Does it seem like “bathroom remodel” is equivalent to “expensive”? In many instances, it certainly is. This is especially true if you want all the bells and whistles. But, it doesn’t have to be. With the right approach, you can definitely remodel your bathroom on the cheap.
10 Tips to Remodel Your Bathroom Without Breaking the Bank
1. Define Your Budget
Chances are if you’re planning a bathroom remodel, you’ve already begun daydreaming about the finished product. But before you start putting anything into action, take the time to look at your finances and consider how much you can afford. Be honest with yourself. Nothing will be more frustrating than starting a remodel only to discover mid-way that you don’t have the cash to finish the job.
2. Give Yourself Some Wiggle Room Financially
Hiccups happen — especially in the remodeling world. Chances are, you’ll encounter at least one unexpected expense during your remodel. If you budget for everything going exactly as planned, you’ll likely find that you’re over budget. To avoid this, give yourself some wiggle room.
3. Decide What Your “Non-Negotiables” Are
Your “non-negotiables” are the things you definitely want to accomplish. A new shower or an upgraded vanity, for instance, might be a priority for you. Perhaps you need more storage or you’re looking to add more light to your bathroom. These are the updates you’ll want to plan first.
4. Plan. Plan. Plan.
The number one biggest mistake homeowners make when remodeling their bathroom is changing their plans mid-remodel. Not only does this mean you’ll have wasted money on an update you’re going to rip out, it means you’ll have to spend time and money ripping it out and starting over.
5. Resist the Urge to Move Major Plumping
While you’re planning, really consider if you need to move key fixtures, like your shower, sink, and toilet. These types of big moves are by far one of the most expensive decisions you could make. Not only do they require pricy features, but they typically will require expensive labor. As much as possible, try and leave items where you can.
6. Look at Lower-Cost Lookalike Materials
Thanks to modern technology, a variety of new, high-quality materials have been introduced to the market — many which look and perform as good (or nearly as good) as their pricier sisters. For example, instead of real wood flooring (which can pose issues with root and mold) look at a luxury vinyl flooring made to look like wood. Many of the options available look so great you might not even know they aren’t the real deal!
7. Don’t be Afraid to Buy Used
Used products get a bad rap. Many people assume that they were discarded because they are no longer functional. But this often isn’t the case at all. In fact, they are often being sold because someone decided they want an upgrade. For example, vanities, toilets, sinks, and mirrors are expensive items that can easily be purchased used while still maintaining a high level of quality.
8. Refinish Your Existing Cabinets
It’s amazing what a new coat of paint will do for old cabinets. As long as your existing cabinets are structurally sound, consider giving them a refresh. Whether it’s the same color or a new look, you’ll be surprised at how quickly and easily they give your bathroom a fresh feel.
9. Paint Your Walls!
Like your cabinets, your walls need some love too! And, this is one of the most affordable and easily DIY-friendly projects you can do. You definitely don’t need to hire someone, which saves you money. All it takes to paint your walls are a few supplies and a bit of elbow grease.
10. Go with a Seamless Shower
It’s not uncommon to think of upgrading your shower and picture intricate tile work. But the reality is, tile is expensive. It’s expensive to buy. It’s expensive to install. And, it’s expensive to maintain.
You can quickly and easily upgrade your shower with a custom-made seamless inert that can be installed in as little as a day. And, if you want a tile finish, you can select a pattern to suit your needs.