How Much Should You Expect to Spend For a Bathroom Remodel?
Bathroom remodeling can be a huge undertaking, even if you hire a general contractor to do it for you. A general contractor would do just the work for you, but be cautious not to over-estimate your own skill level and underestimate the time it would take to finish each stage. Be aware of local building codes and know your limitations. Planning is always important, and the more stages you include in the project, the more money it will cost. Here are five of the most common trends in bathroom remodeling.
New fixtures are replacing old tile and vinyl flooring. This is due to advances in material and manufacturing technology. There’s more pressure than ever to have your house built with the latest designs. Contractors can now stamp out new tiles and seal them in veneers, which is about half the cost of the tile that was stamped out only a few years ago. New fixtures are much easier to install, and they’re much less likely to break or chip.
The bathroom remodel trend of recent years has been the replacement of porcelain vanities with acrylic vanity tops. These newer versions offer a wide variety of styles, colors and stains, and they’re also generally less expensive than the porcelain versions. You can still get all the same types of vanity services from your general contractor, such as grinding, honing, polishing and sealing porcelain tiles.
Many bathroom remodelers these days are offering do-it-yourself “remodeling” kits for less than two hundred dollars. Many are so quick to complete a job that they don’t even bother to use a professional contractor. The contractor is usually paid only after the project is done, and the only way that he or she will know whether or not the labor was worth the price is if the finished product looks like he or she imagined it would. If the contractors do their own work, however, and give it a fair amount of time before submitting it for bids, you can often negotiate a better deal than if the contractors were going to pay their labor fees separately. Some contractors have learned to cut their costs by charging only the cost of labor when the bathroom remodel is being done. Others have learned to prepare a bid only if they think they can win the project, and then prepare their bids accordingly.
Other common trends in remodeling projects are the move toward all stainless steel products and away from the all-porcelain, porcelain tile and grout. There are now very fashionable products that are designed to look just like authentic products. People are willing to pay more for these products, but they are replacing porcelain, which is quite beautiful, with high-end products that are inexpensive and easy to maintain. The replacement of porcelain with these products has lowered the price of the remodel because the labor costs have been lowered. In some cases, it has even been possible for people to take on the job of installing the new products themselves.
It is also becoming increasingly popular to use the services of an “expert” for the total budget. This person is generally someone who has done many bathroom remodels in his or her career. He or she knows which products work well, and which ones don’t. These people are almost always consultants, because they already have the money to hire contractors, and so they are in the position to offer the best prices that are possible.
Of course, there are other options available to those who are on a tight budget. The most flexible one is to simply do the bathroom remodel by hiring a contractor, and then giving him or her the job of installing the products and labor. These contractors may come in after you have divided up the budget between the contractors, so that each one knows exactly how much they will be getting paid. In this scenario, it may even be possible to get a cheaper rate by doing the installation by yourself.
Whatever route you choose, however you get the bathroom remodel done, it should go quickly and without any problems. In order to keep your master bathroom looking great after the project is done, there are several things you can do. You can install tile tub surrounds, change out old bathroom fixtures, install a new shower head, put in a new faucet, change out your tiles, and add shower curtains.