Home improvement can be addictive. After all, we spend a huge fraction of our lives at home. Why not make that experience a bit more comfortable? If you’ve been considering a bathroom remodel in particular, you might be in for an unpleasant surprise, as the costs can be quite high. Fortunately, armed with the right knowledge it’s still possible to get a great bathroom remodel done at an affordable price.
Tip One: Shop Smart
Getting your materials is a crucial stage of your bathroom remodelling project in terms of quality and price. There are a number of good deals and savings to be had at discount DIY shops and warehouses because they buy in bulk and sell by volume.¹ Another advantage of these stores is that they will have all the selection you can handle so you don’t need to worry about buying ugly tiles or lousy paint. Instead, you can focus on getting what you need for the right price.
Tip Two: Shop Even Smarter
Your un-renovated bathroom may be a disaster zone of grime and disrepair, but chances are—we hope—that not everything is broken. If possible, save what still works like fixtures, sinks and cabinets. Consider buying some accessories at the thrift store or cheaper outlets and also consider buying some items second-hand if needed.
eBay is another great source for finding bargains on parts – it might take a bit more work, but the deals can be worth it.² Discount DIY and home improvement shops can also be a lifesaver when it comes to bathroom remodelling especially on things like faucets, toilets, bathtubs, shower equipment, wood and flooring.
To Hire Or Not To Hire?
Depending on your schedule, expertise and desire, some bathroom remodelling is possible to do on your own. Nonetheless, unless you are an experienced contractor even a simple tiling job or toilet installation can be much more difficult than expected.
It is worth considering hiring a nearby contractor with good references to get the job done. Even though this will increase the price somewhat it will make sure your money is well spent.
Having a professional take care of things can also be mentally comforting, as doing an improper job on your own can have serious consequences. Besides, if you do a poor job and something breaks, it could end up costing you more than you would have saved anyways.
If you’ve managed to find your own materials at great prices as advised above, you’re already one step ahead. In fact, using your own parts can significantly lower the price of a contractor.³
Finding The Right Professional Service
One of the best ways to find a professional bathroom remodeling service is to do careful research. Start by getting quotes from several different providers. Then consider the positives and negatives of each. If one provider puts you off in any way, avoid them. A negative first impression is never good, regardless of price.
Remember to ask about their schedules as well. Some contractors may expect the job to take much longer than average. Others may not be available right away, and it could be a while before they can start the job.
Also, don’t be afraid to negotiate if you really want to get the most competitive price. These kinds of companies are very used to negotiation so they should not be put off by you trying to get a better deal.
Performing a simple search online is a great way to get started in finding a professional bathroom remodeling service. This will make it easy to find several local professional service providers. As mentioned, make sure to do your due diligence. Check reviews and get a few different quotes. Before you know it, you’ll be enjoying the new bathroom of your dreams. Best of luck!