When the Carmel housing market and economy go haywire, people stay put, investing in home improvements instead of moving. However, remodeling can put pressure on your bank account, too. Homeowners often remodel kitchens and bathrooms because the return on the investment is higher than other projects. In both cases, you can take steps to save money on bathroom remodeling. In this post, Plumb On explains how.
1. Keep The Current Layout
One of the best ways to save money on bathroom remodeling is to keep your current layout. In other words, don’t move around plumbing and cabinets. Doing so requires a professional plumber to move bathroom drains and water pipes. If you find it necessary to improve the bathroom’s functional space or want something different, you can forge ahead. Otherwise, keep the layout and save yourself substantial money.
2. Repair and Refinish Instead of Replace
Repairing plumbing and refinishing cabinets, tubs, and showers will save you money on bathroom remodeling. Sure, brand new bathroom features look amazing. However, you may be shocked how you can completely transform the look of your space with repairs and refinishing. In addition to having a brand new look, you will also feel great about spending a fraction of the cost of replacements.
3. Use Affordable Alternatives
Consider affordable alternatives if you decide it’s necessary to replace cabinets, showers, tubs, and tile. Sure, designer stores and custom-built vanities create a nice look. However, plenty of stock fixtures offer a luxurious look and feel. And choosing plank flooring over more expensive material like tile saves a ton of money. It also doesn’t hurt to look for discounted items and sales.
4. DIY But Stay in Your Wheelhouse
When it comes to DIY and bathroom remodeling, you should only go as far as you’re comfortable. Even removing and disposing of fixtures can save you money on labor. If you feel confident replacing tubs and toilets, you can attempt that, too. On the other hand, we recommend using a professional plumbing service to perform the tasks that require a skilled, licensed plumber.
5. Take Your Time
Have you ever heard the saying, “Rome wasn’t built in a day?” Your bathroom may not be in Rome, but you don’t have to complete bathroom remodeling in a day either. There’s nothing wrong with taking it a step at a time as you save money. Start with one area and move to another when it makes sense.
Plumb On, Homeowner
We hope you’ve found our advice on how to save money on bathroom remodeling helpful. After all, home improvement projects take time and money. Water heaters, sump pumps, and other services can, too. If you need professional plumbing services, call the experts at Plumb On at (317) 659-6225.