Tips to Reduce the Cost of Bathroom Renovations

A complete bathroom renovation can cost between $9,000 and $25,000, making it a major investment in your home and the lifestyle of your family. Bathroom renovations can add substantial value to your home and provide you with nice windfall if or when you choose to sell your home. For that reason you don't want to skimp on using the right products or materials for your bathroom renovation. Similarly, you don't want to door a poor quality bathroom renovation as it will lead to losing these potential benefits. That said, there are a number of ways that you can reduce the cost of bathroom renovations if you so choose.

The cost of labour can account for up to 66% of the cost of a bathroom renovation. Given this, your first step to reducing the cost of bathroom renovations can be supplying the non-trades labour required to complete your bathroom renovation. Such tasks could include:

  • Demolition and removal of the existing bathroom including removing tiles and bathroom fittings.
  • Manual labour in tasks completed by qualified tradespeople such as Waterproofers, Plumbers and Electricians.
  • Completing the finishing trades such as tiling and painting yourself.
  • All rubbish removal and disposal.

Another way to reduce the cost of labour is to design your bathroom renovation in a way that requires the minimal work possible. Activities such as moving the plumbing and moving the electrical wiring can add additional work to your bathroom renovation. If you're able to maintain the current configuration of your existing bathroom then you will not incur these additional costs.

There are also a number of ways to reduce the material costs of your bathroom renovation. Tips for reducing the cost of bathroom renovation materials include:

  • Recycle as much of your existing bathroom as possible.
  • Re-enameling your bath, shower and basin rather than replacing them with new.
  • Purchasing second-hand bathroom renovation materials such as baths, basins, vanities, taps, tiles, etc.
  • Finding smart solutions to not needing a vanity or a splashback. For example, you might install a wall-hung basin and a shelf rather than a new vanity.

Finally, when you do spend your valuable money on hiring tradespeople and purchasing building materials it is integral that you have clear and detailed specifications of exactly what you require. That way you only purchase and pay for exactly what you require, without the need for rework or extra additions at an extra cost.

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  • Great article and i can say this is good idear to recicle the parts and even use them again if posible. thanks for that

    over a year ago by steven guy
  • Nice article for those who didn't have any knowledge about the investment regarding their home improvement.

    over a year ago by bathroom
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