Even though it’s usually the smallest room in the house, the bathroom is more important than most people think. It’s the place where you go immediately after waking up in the morning and where you relax after a long day before going to bed. That’s why your bathroom needs to be perfect and up to a certain standard, but certain standards require a certain amount of money. So, if you’re planning to remodel your bathroom, here are a few ways you can save some cash in the process.
What’s your budget?
First, you need to determine the budget for your remodel and know exactly how much money you’re willing to spend. Examine your bathroom, find out what’s not working and make a list of things you’d like to change – will replacing the tiles and repainting the ceiling be enough, or do you need to install a new bathtub as well? These decisions will determine your budget and let you know what exactly can and can’t be done. Of course, if your bathroom is in a bad condition, be prepared to invest some more money into it, unless you want to keep remodeling it year after year.
Call the guy or DIY?
Whenever you’re remodeling, you’re faced with a huge dilemma – whether you should do everything on your own or leave it all to professionals. And while keeping things in a DIY mode is quite all right for some of the house repairs – installing new windows, hanging kitchen cabinets or putting together a bookcase – things can get quite tricky in the bathroom. Just one false move can cause a major problem as damaging your pipes will lead to a flood, which is something we don’t want. That’s why calling a professional might be a better idea when you’re remodeling your bathroom and no matter how satisfying and money-saving doing things on your own is, finding a reliable plumber is much better in the long run.
And if you decide to set aside a bit more money for a professional, what are some of the ways to save that extra cash?
Focus on the showerhead
We pay a ton of attention to the shower and the fixtures in our bathroom, and that’s why these should be the core of our remodeling process. However, these things can cost a fortune, so finding alternatives might be a better idea. One of the ideas to consider is sticking to the showerhead and replacing your old model with a brand new one. There are lots of options on the market and some of these are quite amazing, offering lots of options – from massaging you to giving you a spa-like experience – that will give your bathroom a nicer look in no time.
Find alternative sources
No matter what you’re buying, you can opt for shopping at the best bathroom store in your area or looking around for other choices. Sometimes, you can find amazing deals on the Internet or even at your local flea market and, although some people don’t find these options as reliable as the stores, they’re sometimes the best sources for bathroom vanities and fixtures. Plus, they’ll save you a ton of cash, especially if you purchase several things at once.
Repurpose and refurbish
Unless you have a huge desire for a brand new bathroom, you don’t have to buy everything new when you’re remodeling. Lots of old bathroom fixtures can be given a second chance and you don’t have to do much apart from cleaning them. Using an old bathtub instead of a new one, for instance, can save you a ton of cash, but it will still look quite all right after it’s been given a new touch. The same goes for your vanities, so instead of buying an expansive new one, just repurpose an old cupboard – repaint it, add an affordable marble top and a small sink, and you’re good to go!
There are lots of other options you can explore when remodeling a bathroom on a budget – from getting a cheaper countertop to updating just some of your fixtures and limiting the number of tiles – so look into them and decide which ones are the most frugal and most suitable for you.
About The Author
Emma B. Joyce is blogger based in Australia. She is a true home decor and DIY fanatic. Emma is interested in music and also is a big reading enthusiast. Finding new designs and patterns is her daily task. She got hooked on home accessories and decorations during her traveling and now cannot stop searching for new inspiration.