26 Sep 5 Factors that Affect the Cost of a Bathroom Remodel
Many homeowners consider their bathrooms to be their personal comfort zone. This is why it’s unsurprising that countless people have gone through or are thinking of doing a bathroom remodel. Of course, such plans beget thorough consideration—especially regarding the inevitable expense.
Before you get intimidated with the prospect of the project’s costs, knowing what will affect your bathroom remodeling expenses can help you better prepare for and plan your budget.
Factor #1: Layout
One of the biggest factors that will affect your remodeling costs is a change in layout. Sometimes, de-cluttering isn’t enough. You might feel that you need to move the walls and fixtures to achieve the space and appearance you want in your bathroom. While this can help you accommodate further installations, it can ultimately drive up your costs. In addition, increasing the floor size of your bathroom can also spike your expenses.
Regardless, even if it is a bit intimidating cost-wise, changing your bathroom’s layout can help you maximize your space, consequently achieving your ideal look and correcting possible misalignments (e.g. door-to-sink proximity) for the best overall atmosphere. Practically speaking, you can also change the layout to accommodate the special needs of an aging family member.
Factor #2: Electrical Work
If you’re planning to move fixtures like outlets, you’ll need to get your electrical system checked out by an electrician. Moving an electrical fixture means rewiring, and this can entail significant costs in material and labor expenses. Installation and reinstallations can also be a bit costly just because of the precision and supplies they need.
In addition, during the course of the remodel, your contractors may need to move or rewire other fixtures or outlets to keep everything safe and organized. And although expenses for your electrical system can easily be settled prior to the actual remodel, some unseen wiring flaw in the initial design of your bathroom may call for another professional consultation and intervention.
Factor #3: Plumbing
Like electrical work, plumbing will also be affected should you decide to change or move plumbing fixtures around (i.e., sinks, faucets, toilets, tubs). Before you proceed with your remodeling plans, make sure to get your pipes checked out. If the renovation will affect the plumbing system, you should know about it beforehand.
Generally speaking, your remodeling costs will also depend on plumbing prices. In turn, plumbing prices are affected by fixture (with plumbing system) transfer, fixture installation and reinstallation, and individual parts replacement like pipes and valves.
Factor #4: Flooring
Another cost consideration regarding your bathroom remodel is the flooring. Some common bathroom flooring options include vinyl sheets, ceramic tile, laminate, and engineered wood. Many experts also recommend using water-resistant materials for your floors.
Because they’re the most used and abused surface of any room, it’s important that you consider changing your flooring regardless of the impending expense—especially if they’re starting to look dingy.
Depending on your bathroom’s floor area and flooring type, your costs can range from a few hundred bucks to several thousand dollars. Additional costs may also be charged due to complex bathroom layouts or extensive repairs.
Factor #5: General Fixing
One of the most common bathroom remodels is done for minor fixtures and overhauls. These range from simple works like paint jobs to heavier and more complex jobs like shower installations. Your custom remodeling project’s total cost will be affected by the quality of the little additions you wish to install.
Some typical changes and additions include installing new cabinets, sinks, and toilets. Many homeowners also opt for extra light fixtures and shower/tub installations (or removals). Full vanities (sink, mirror, and storage) are another popular addition among homeowners—these often need new or additional lighting, too.
The cost of a full bathroom remodel can be a bit daunting, which is why it’s important to research beforehand and plan carefully to ensure you’re getting your money’s worth—and then some. Customize your plans to suit both your vision and your budget and get as many expert opinions as you can. Get the market average for bathroom material costs in your area and visit a trusted remodeling company to get a quote. You’ll save a lot more if you work with known, trusted professionals who can cover your remodel for a fair price.