How to Make Your Bathroom Remodel Budget Friendly

February 15, 2022

Bathrooms are projects that are known to have a steep price tag. It's not often that people can afford to remodel their bathroom because of the high cost. However, there are ways to lower this cost without compromising quality.

When thinking about how much your bathroom remodel will cost you and what you're willing to spend on it, consider some of these money-saving tips:

Ask For Discounts On Supplies And Services From Contractors And Suppliers

Any supplier or contractor will give you a deal if they know you're looking around for one. You may even get an additional discount if you buy more than one thing from them (for example, purchasing all of your light fixtures from one contractor).

Go DIY On Certain Things

If you don't mind doing some work yourself, there's a lot of savings to be had. Replacing the sink and faucet may cost $150 or more (depending on your taste and what kind of bathroom fixtures and equipment you're buying).

With some simple tools like a wrench and glaze, you can easily install them by yourself.

Opt For Less Expensive Materials

Materials like tile come in different quality levels; generally speaking, though, the least expensive (i.e., lesser quality) ones last longer than the most expensive (i.e., top-of-the-line) ones.

Where you would have gone for the more expensive ones initially, go for a less expensive tile instead.

Reuse Materials

If you're remodeling your bathroom, chances are that parts of it have been messed up or destroyed by now.

You can actually either buy from someone else who is doing a similar project or simply reuse what's already there and pay the extra cost to alter it (for example, if your old shower curtain rod doesn't fit in the new space you've made for your shower stall).

Above all, don't be discouraged by how much a complete bathroom makeover costs; check out these money-saving tips and start figuring out where you can back on some things.

With a bit of creativity and elbow grease, you can make your new bathroom look beautiful while saving a pretty penny.

How Much Does A Bathroom Remodel Cost?

Asking how much a bathroom renovation will cost you is the first step in knowing if this project is something that you can or should do. You can do bathroom renovations cheaply, but depending on whether you're willing to do some of the work yourself, others don't want anything to do with it.

Here's a look at what factors determine how much your bathroom makeover will cost:


Generally speaking, larger bathrooms need more effort and thus require more money when being renovated; this is because there are many fixtures to remodel/install/replace in a large bathroom than in a small one.


If your bathroom has unique lines and different elements that form its structure, you'll need to remodel everything to fix it. For example, imagine that you have an L-shaped bathtub; the cost of renovating this kind of layout will be much more expensive than just simply replacing the tub with a new one.


As with any project, how much do you want to spend on renovations? You can opt for less expensive materials and work with contractors who offer discounts, but where there's a limit to what you're willing to pay out for this kind of project.

If you don't mind spending $5k or more on your bathroom makeover, there are plenty of contractors out there who will be willing to work with you.

Type Of Renovation

Projects involving plumbing and electrical works need more time and may cost more money, even if they're small in scale.

One thing you might want to keep in mind is the '70-20-10' rule; this states that 70% of your project should focus on functionality (e.g., how well the bathroom functions), 20% on design/aesthetics (e.g., what it looks like) while 10% will go to finishes/details (the little things).

The point here is not about having a nice bathroom but rather one that functions efficiently. After all, if your bathroom doesn't function well and has poor aesthetics, no one will want to use it.

What Contractors Should I Hire For My Bathroom Makeover?

To search for available bathroom remodeling services in your area, start by checking reviews from other clients who have worked with them before, then ask for a quote based on what you're willing to spend.

You can also check online directories and see if they're members of any associations related to home improvement.

Before Anything Else, You Need To Know What Type Of Contractor You Can Hire

  • General contractors work on a wide range of projects and renovations (bathrooms included). Some contractors may or may not offer discounts or promotions.

They also have varying levels of expertise in different fields, so it'd be best that you check their qualifications before making a decision.

  • Renovation contractors focus solely on renovations, but some do smaller jobs. In either case, they'll rarely come cheap as most companies charge by the hour for labor plus materials used.

If your project is likely going to take longer than expected, there's a high chance that you'll have to pay more. Always talk with your bathroom renovation contractor for quotes.

  • Bathroom renovation experts have a lot of experience doing bathroom renovations, have worked on many projects, and have contacts with different suppliers/manufacturers.

Some may even be able to offer advice or tips on how to make your bathroom remodel more manageable and cheaper (e.g., DIY materials or simple solutions).

Before tackling any kind of bathroom remodeling project, be sure to figure out how much you're willing to spend. This way, you'll have a better idea of what contractors to hire and the materials/plumbing works/electrical works that they can do for you within your budget.

You can also take a look at different ways to keep costs down, so even if you won't be doing all the work yourself, you'll still end up with a beautiful new bathroom without breaking the bank.


Carlos Diaz
I believe in making the impossible possible because there’s no fun in giving up. Travel, design, fashion and current trends in the field of industrial construction are topics that I enjoy writing about.

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