Top Tips on Minimising the Cost of a Bathroom Renovation
Well, the good news is that renovating a bathroom could be much less expensive than you think. A thrifty homeowner can adopt several smart techniques to bring costs right down. Let’s take a look at a few tips and tricks for doing a bathroom renovation on the cheap. Who knows? You might even discover you can afford to do a flashy makeover after all.
Plan everything to a tee
Although a little tedious, budgeting every single dollar is the best way to keep your renovation expenses in check. Without a detailed budget, costs will quickly spiral out of control. The best way to budget is to breakdown your expenditure into categories, and then add up the price of individual items and services. Although expenditure varies tremendously between projects, you can consider the following as a rough guide:
· 40% on fixtures/fittings
· 35% on tiling
· 20% on plumbing
· 5% on electricals
Of course, unexpected hurdles always present themselves along the way, so throw an extra 10% into an emergency fund to face such inevitabilities as they come.
Don’t deviate from the contract
Contractors commonly charge an exorbitant amount for any changes or additional work that hasn’t been stipulated in the original agreement. Therefore, you have to get everything right the first time around. The best way to ensure you won’t require anything outside of your contract is to plan it all to a tee.
Evaluate what has really got to go
Whether it be those gross 70s-style tiles, an overwhelming mould infestation, irreversible grout damage, or a colour scheme that just doesn’t cut it in 2019, there’s probably only one or two things that really ruin your bathroom. Working out what needs to go and what can stay is a sure-fire way to minimise the price of your renovation.Case in point, fancy tiling can cost up to $200 per square metre and another $40 an hour to install.
Are your old tiles all that bad? If you’re happy with their style but feel they’re looking a little worn, then consider re-grouting the surface. The process is much cheaper than installing brand new tiles and will leave your old ones looking good as new.
Reduce, reuse, recycle!
Given that new fittings and fixtures comprise a large portion of the average bathroom renovation budget, there’s ample opportunity to cut costs through recycling. Look for ways you can repurpose your current fixtures into a fresh new look. How can you make the most of what you’ve already got? Worn-out old bathtubs and basins can be re-tiled, re-enamelled, or re-finished for a lux new look that costs a fraction of a new fixture.
If you’ve got your heart set on a fancy new bathtub, then at least make an effort to sell your old one to recoup some of the cost. There’s a surprisingly robust market for vintage fixtures on online platforms.
Don’t move anything!
Plumbers charge big bucks for labour, so you need to give them as little work as possible.
Moving the location of your shower, toilet, or basin means completely redoing the plumbing, which is going to cost a motza. Leave everything where it is, and look for ways to improve the aesthetics instead.
If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, you can save a stack of cash by doing a few menial tasks yourself. One of the easiest jobs to DIY is demolition, which requires little more than a sledgehammer and some hard yakka to perform (it’s kind of fun, too).
Just don’t even dream of trying your hand at plumbing or electrical work, as these tasks legally require a licensed professional.
Shop around for materials yourself
Depending on the contractor, most of them aren’t going to go to great lengths to find you the best possible deal on materials as they’d rather just buy the lot from their preferred supplier. You can save a considerable amount of cash by doing the leg work yourself. Just be sure to do your research. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a whole bunch of fixtures that aren’t fit for purpose.
Generally speaking, fixtures worth spending up big on are the bathtub, the toilet, and the cabinets. Expensive hooks, basins, and mirrors tend to offer less bang for your buck.
Pay for quality workmanship
Insist on using a reputable contractor with ample experience in their trade. It’s far better to pay more upfront for quality workmanship that will last. Bathroom renovations in Adelaide are big business, so be sure to shop around.
Grab a few extra tiles
An extra 5% or so will do. You’ll inevitably crack a few over the years, and it’s great to have extra tiles on hand to replace the old ones as needed.
Work out a backup bathroom
If you’ve only got one bathroom in your home, then you should work out a Plan B for when you need to pee. Ask friends, family, and neighbours whether it would be appropriate to use their facilities to avoid renting a costly hotel.
Renovating your bathroom doesn’t have to be an eye-wateringly expensive experience. Keep the aforementioned tips at heart to bring new life to your bathroom without breaking the bank. For all of your bathroom renovation needs, get a free in-house consultation today with the professionals from Style Bathrooms! Contact us today.