Hire a Pro or DIY?
Before you can decide any costs for your bathroom remodeling project, you have to decide who’s going to do the labor. Are you going to do it yourself with the help of YouTube or are you going to call in the professionals? Hiring a contractor is going to be an extra investment for you but you can find some Bay Area contractors that include design services in with their total cost. Some also include materials and insurance in their overall price. Do you need painters? Carpenters? Electricians? If so, all of these need to be factored in as well.
Always get more than one quote for a remodeling project because you may find differences that amount to thousands of dollars for essentially the same job. Make sure to compare apples for apples, though, in terms of the project details. Make sure there’s an itemized list of the entire job and what’s included. Doing it yourself may seem cheaper but, unless you’re highly experienced, things could go very wrong very quickly and cost you more in the long run.
The Average Cost
Conservative remodels, where you only update certain areas and not the whole bathroom, can run between $3,500-$7,000, as a general price range. A secondary, or small guest bathroom, could also fall into this range for some projects. But keep in mind that this is just the very basic costs and most larger projects are going to be much more. Most complete remodeling projects, with all the bells and whistles, will run between $10,000 to $20,000, depending on where you live. For this, you can get just about everything, including new tile, shower enclosure, bath, cabinets, vanity, fixtures and lighting. Of course, the price can go much higher depending on the size your bathroom or the products and materials you choose.
How Extensive Is Your Remodel Plan?
Are you replacing the flooring or ripping out the entire room and starting from scratch? The scope of your remodel is going to determine how much money you need to put aside. Get your quotes and nail your plans early so that you can have the best and most accurate budget.
Emergencies should always play a part in your bathroom budget. Unexpected costs can crash your budget without you even trying. Hidden damage like mold and water damage may not be evident to you until you start ripping up the bathroom. If you are lucky enough to avoid this sort of damage, it doesn’t mean you won’t find damage elsewhere. Always account for 20% extra to cover all contingencies on your budget.
The best advice we can give is, plan, plan, plan. And then, plan some more. The more homework you do on contractors, costs, products, fixtures, lighting, materials, the more surprises you will avoid when the work actually starts. Planning also helps you make the most of your remodel budget by ensuring that you know where every dollar is being spent – no hidden costs! Some remodeling companies give written quotes and in-home estimates, and they don’t even start the work until all the material is in-hand. This way, there are no delays once the project is underway, ensuring minimal inconvenience in your home.