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Bathroom Remodel Costs

The term green has
a double-meaning for remodelers: eco-friendliness and dollars &
cents. As with any home improvement project, first consider your
budget. To complete a whole project, you’ll need to balance your
personal finances with cost expectations.

The goal for bathroom remodeling
is to invest approximately the amount that it’ll add to the value of
your home for reselling purposes - even if the point isn’t to sell your
house. Optimally, you want to be able to get recouped for double the amount you spent on the bathroom.
In order to determine how much a remodeled bathroom is worth, you’ll
need to look at the real estate market in your area and possibly talk
to an agent.

A good starting ballpark figure for a complete bathroom remodel project is $10,000. While that may seem steep for such a small area of your home, take into consideration how vital that room is to the house. It uses the majority of the home’s water supply and you spend a great deal of time grooming and relaxing there. Bathroom remodels
are one of the costliest projects to undertake as far as labor costs
go. Because of the arduous plumbing and electrical tasks, a good
estimate for any project of this ilk is that you will likely spend 40
percent of your budget on bathroom products, materials and fixtures,
and 60 percent on labor.

One
way to keep labor costs at a minimum is to leave everything in its
place. Moving plumbing pipes or electrical fixtures requires extra time
in skilled labor as well as additional materials.

The
materials themselves can vary widely in cost, depending on what scale
your new bathroom will be. Basic water and electricity-saving fixtures
will cost much less than upscale, luxury models. Keep in mind that the
goal is to add value to your home, whether it be for your own family or
to sell it to the next owners, so keeping to the bare minimum may not
be in line with that objective. And it’s nice to have a little bit of
luxury in a newly remodeled room.

The best way to determine costs is to have a few bathroom contractors come out and give you estimates.
Before calling them, however, have a good idea of what you want - that
way you can ensure they are estimating the same materials and design.
Otherwise, you’ll be comparing apples to oranges when you look at their
bids.

Also, be sure to ask them each to give you an itemized estimate so that you can see where their costs differ on specific items.
Once you have estimates to compare, you’ll have a good idea of where
you can reduce costs, as well as a better idea of whether or not your
original budget was a reasonable one.

Don’t
be in a hurry to remodel your bathroom in minimal fashion to cut
corners. It’s better to save up for a little while longer or find ways
to reduce costs and still get what you want - make it a bathroom you
really care about.

The term green has a double-meaning for remodelers: eco-efficiency and dollars & cents. Your goal for bathroom remodeling is to invest approximately the amount that it’ll add to the value of your home for reselling purposes—even if the point isn’t to sell your house.

Ultimately, you want to get recouped for twice the amount you spent on the bathroom. In order to determine how much a remodeled bathroom is worth, you’ll need to look at the real estate market in your area and most likely talk to an agent.

Costs

A good starting figure for a complete bathroom remodel project is $10,000. While that may seem steep for such a small area of your home, take into consideration how vital that room is to the house. It uses the majority of the home’s water supply, and you spend a great deal of time grooming and relaxing there.

As far as labor costs go, bathroom remodels are one of the costliest projects to undertake. Because of the arduous plumbing and electrical tasks, it’s best to get a few cost estimates and plan your budget around those. You’ll likely spend 40 percent of your budget on bathroom products, materials and fixtures, and 60 percent on labor.

Durability

One way to keep labor costs at a minimum is to leave everything in its place. Moving plumbing pipes or electrical fixtures requires extra time in skilled labor, as well as additional materials. If you can avoid re-routing the bathroom’s framework, your remodel should cost significantly less.

Maintenance

The materials themselves can vary widely in cost, depending on the scale of your bathroom. Basic water and electricity-saving fixtures will cost much less than upscale, luxury models.

Keep in mind that the goal is to add value to your home, whether it’s for your own family or to sell it to the next owners, so keeping to the bare minimum may not be in line with that objective. And it’s nice to have a little bit of luxury in a newly remodeled room.

Common Questions and Answers

I’m in the planning phase of my bathroom remodel. How can I cut costs to make sure I don’t go over budget?

You can actually start saving before you even choose a contractor. In fact, when you’re comparing price quotes from different companies in your area, be sure to ask each contractor for an itemized estimate. This allows you to see where their costs

How long should a bathroom remodel take?

Bathroom remodels typically take about 16-20 days for completion, not including unexpected delays or contingencies that may arise (you never know what’s under those floorboards). As long as your <



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